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Avraam earns Cyprus a point in Portugal

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.55CET
Portugal 4-4 Cyprus
An 87th-minute goal from the visitors' Andreas Avraam ensured a pulsating Group H game in Guimaraes ended all square.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio D. Afonso Henriques

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Match statistics

PortugalCyprus

Goals scored4
 
4
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts22
 
7
Attempts on target11
 
6
Attempts off target10
 
1
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners10
 
2
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
17

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 23.55CET

Avraam earns Cyprus a point in Portugal

Portugal 4-4 Cyprus
An 87th-minute goal from the visitors' Andreas Avraam ensured a pulsating Group H game in Guimaraes ended all square.

Portugal were denied an opening UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying victory by a late Andreas Avraam goal that gave Cyprus a memorable draw on the opening night of Group H action.

In a pulsating encounter the visitors led twice early on but went in at half-time level at 2-2 and Portugal looked to have quelled their resistance when Danny struck early in the second period. Instead Yiannis Okkas equalised and even when Portugal's Manuel Fernandes made it 4-3 on the hour, that only set the scene for Avraam's dramatic late intervention.

Cyprus had scored just twice in eight previous meetings with Portugal but they doubled that tally inside the opening 11 minutes in Guimaraes as a thrilling game started at breakneck speed and barely relented. Angelos Anastasiadis's side combined last-ditch defending with incisive counterattacking, a strategy which paid off as early as the third minute as Efstathios Aloneftis raced on to Michalis Konstantinou's intuitive reverse pass and calmly lifted the ball over the advancing Eduardo.

Hugo Almeida's deft near-post header from a teasing Nani delivery restored parity, but Cyprus were undaunted and regained the lead through their captain, the alert Konstantinou reacting quickly to Raul Meireles's miscontrol to push the ball around Eduardo and sweep into the empty net. Meireles atoned for his slip in the 29th minute, his low left-foot effort eluding Antonis Georgallides to bring Portugal level again. The home team began to gain the upper hand as the interval approached, Konstantinou clearing Almeida's header off the line before Georgallides dived to tip Fábio Coentrão's drive around the post.

Portugal continued to press after the break and took the lead for the first time in the 50th minute. Coentrão set up Danny to head in at the far post, providing a cushioned pass after the visitors had failed to clear Ricardo Quaresma's corner. Now it was Portugal's turn to be pegged back. Substitute Okkas came on in the 56th minute and within a minute finished coolly after being released by Constantinos Charalambides's perfect through ball.

Portugal swiftly regrouped and promptly moved in front again in spectacular fashion, Fernandes finding the top corner of the net with a thunderous effort from range. That looked to have secured victory but, with the final whistle approaching, the industrious Avraam stooped to head in after Eduardo could only parry Siniša Dobrašinović's shot to ensure a gripping encounter ended all square. Portugal visit Norway on Tuesday, while Cyprus's next fixture is at home to Norway on 8 October.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.35CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Cyprus

Cyprus

1
EduardoEduardo (GK)
1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
3
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
Yellow Card67
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho (C)
4
MerkisGiorgos Merkis
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
7
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
Goal3
Substitution56
10
DannyDanny
Goal50
Substitution61
8
IliaMarios Ilia
Substitution66
13
MiguelMiguel
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Substitution76
15
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Goal60
Substitution79
11
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou (C)
Goal11
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Goal29
12
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
17
NaniNani
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias
18
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Goal8
Substitution84
18
DobrašinovićSiniša Dobrašinović
23
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
20
AvraamAndreas Avraam
Goal89

Substitutes

12
BetoBeto (GK)
16
AvgoustiSofronis Avgousti (GK)
4
RolandoRolando
2
ChristouParaskevas Christou
5
Sílvio PereiraSílvio Pereira
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
Substitution56
Goal57
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution79
13
MichailChrysostomos Michail
9
LiedsonLiedson
Substitution61
15
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou
Substitution76
11
Yannick DjalóYannick Djaló
Substitution84
21
PoursaitidesSavvas Poursaitides
Substitution66
14
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
22
EfremGeorge Efrem

Coach

Agostinho Oliveira (POR) Angelos Anastasiadis (GRE)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), David Richardson (ENG)

Fourth official

Mike Dean (ENG)

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