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Postiga downs Norway to lift Portugal

Published: Saturday 4 June 2011, 23.45CET
Portugal 1-0 Norway
Hélder Postiga's 53rd-minute goal was enough for Portugal to take all three points and join Denmark and their defeated visitors at the top of Group H.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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Match statistics

PortugalNorway

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts17
 
3
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target9
 
1
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners13
 
1
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
13

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 4 June 2011, 23.45CET

Postiga downs Norway to lift Portugal

Portugal 1-0 Norway
Hélder Postiga's 53rd-minute goal was enough for Portugal to take all three points and join Denmark and their defeated visitors at the top of Group H.

Portugal moved into a three-way tie at the top of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group H after grinding out a 1-0 win against Norway in Lisbon.

Hélder Postiga's 53rd-minute goal was enough to give Paulo Bento's men the spoils as they joined Norway and Denmark – 2-0 winners tonight in Iceland – on ten points, in a qualification race that promises to go to the wire.

Norway's win in the sides' September encounter in Oslo was their first against Portugal in nine meetings dating back to 1966. Entering the match as group leaders they began confidently, and Bjørn Helge Riise warmed Eduardo's hands inside the first minute with a long-range shot.

Norway coach Egil Olsen said before the game that "nothing but a win will interest Portugal", and their menacing midfield showed intent early on, with both João Moutinho and Raul Meireles spearing shots narrowly wide from outside the area. Then a trademark dipping free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo saw Rune Jarstein take no chances in the tenth minute, the keeper firmly punching away.

Yet a superbly drilled Norway began to frustrate Portugal, and created the half's clearest chances via a handful of swift counterattacks. The Scandinavians nearly caught Bento's men out in the 17th minute, but Eduardo plunged smartly to push away Erik Huseklepp's shot after the AS Bari man was released by Bjørn Helge Riise's excellent pass.

The winger's delivery continued to impress and when Meireles fluffed an attempt to clear his low cross on 24 minutes, Morten Gamst Pedersen blazed the first period's best opportunity over the top when well placed.

The selecção das quinas continued to press patiently, though when a painstakingly constructed move culminated with Fábio Coentrão floating a perfect cross onto Ronaldo's head, the captain could only direct his effort straight at Jarstein. Undeterred, Portugal began the second half clearly focused on taking control of matters. Postiga's low shot was pushed around the post by Jarstein, then Nani drilled a fine left-footed effort just wide.

Instead it was Postiga who provided the breakthrough when he prodded in smartly at the near post after beating John Arne Riise to Nani's curled centre. Bento's team then moved to kill the game, and Jarstein was in action again to deny Carlos Martins' firm drive. The home crowd grew tense as their side tired towards the end of a tight tie, although Ronaldo almost calmed their nerves with an added-time effort which just missed.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.35CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2012/matches/round=15171/match=2002298/postmatch/report/index.html#postiga+downs+norway

Quotes

  • Hélder Postiga

    "It was difficult as winning a game like this always is, but we showed we knew how to close it out"

  • Brede Hangeland

    "It's very open now and it's still in our hands"

Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Norway

Norway

1
EduardoEduardo (GK)
1
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
2
HøgliTom Høgli
3
PepePepe
4
DemidovVadim Demidov
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland (C)
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
7
Bjørn Helge RiiseBjørn Helge Riise
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
8
HaugerHenning Hauger
17
NaniNani
Substitution86
10
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution60
20
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution69
11
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
21
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Substitution73
16
GrindheimChristian Grindheim
Substitution83
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Goal53
18
HusekleppErik Huseklepp
Substitution75

Substitutes

12
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
12
Bugge PettersenEspen Bugge Pettersen (GK)
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
9
AbdellaoueMohammed Abdellaoue
Substitution60
10
DannyDanny
13
RuudEspen Ruud
14
RolandoRolando
15
BrenneSimen Brenne
15
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
Substitution69
17
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
Substitution83
18
Sílvio PereiraSílvio Pereira
Substitution73
20
ParrJonathan Parr
19
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution86
21
BraatenDaniel Braaten
Substitution75

Coach

Paulo Bento (POR) Egil Olsen (NOR)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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