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Ronaldo leads Portugal charge in Cyprus

Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 23.45CET
Cyprus 0-4 Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and set up a third as his team maintained their position as joint leaders in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group H.
by John Leonidou
from GSP Stadium
Ronaldo leads Portugal charge in Cyprus
Cristiano Ronaldo receives congratulations after burying his penalty in Cyprus ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CyprusPortugal

Goals scored0
4
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts2
 
25
Attempts on target1
 
13
Attempts off target0
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
1
Corners3
 
8
Offsides4
 
4
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
9

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 23.45CET

Ronaldo leads Portugal charge in Cyprus

Cyprus 0-4 Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and set up a third as his team maintained their position as joint leaders in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group H.

Portugal remain joint leaders in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group H after putting four goals past ten-man Cyprus without reply in Nicosia.

The hosts held Portugal to a spectacular 4-4 draw in Guimaraes at the start of their campaign last September, but there was to be no repeat after they lost Sinisa Dobrasinovic to a red card for handball in the area after 34 minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo converted the resultant penalty and, although Cyprus then held out for much of the game, Ronaldo added a second eight minutes from time before substitutes Hugo Almeida and Danny also struck.

The win was by no means undeserved, with Portugal on top from the start and Antonis Giorgallides needing to race off his line to block a shot from João Pereira after 13 minutes. The home side's rearguard then failed to deal with a cross and it was left to Giorgallides to save the day again from a Pepe header, before the Cyprus No1 smothered the danger on the half-hour as Hélder Postiga looked ready to pounce following a João Moutinho corner.

Cyprus's respite did not last long as Dobrasinovic was dismissed moments later for handling Postiga's attempt on goal, which left Ronaldo to break the deadlock from the spot. The Real Madrid CF forward was not done there either, burying the ball beyond Giorgallides after playing a neat one-two with Nani, and crossing for Hugo Almeida to pass into an empty net after sprinting past Georgos Merkis.

Danny rounded off the scoring in added time after latching on to a long ball from Moutinho, and the win kept Portugal level on 13 points with Norway at the summit and three ahead of Denmark, who have a game in hand. In fourth, Cyprus will look to bounce back in Iceland on Tuesday, while Portugal face the same team next on 7 October.

Last updated: 02/09/11 23.56CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Portugal

Portugal

1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
12
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
2
ChristouParaskevas Christou
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
4
MerkisGiorgos Merkis
3
PepePepe
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas (C)
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Substitution63
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
Goal35
Goal82
Yellow Card83
12
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
Yellow Card35
Substitution38
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
13
ChristofiDimitris Christofi
Substitution80
15
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
Yellow Card37
Substitution63
18
DobrašinovićSiniša Dobrašinović
Yellow Card17
Red Card34
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
20
AvraamAndreas Avraam
17
NaniNani
Substitution86
21
PoursaitidesSavvas Poursaitides
21
João PereiraJoão Pereira
22
DemetriouJason Demetriou
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution76

Substitutes

16
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
1
EduardoEduardo (GK)
3
ParpasStelios Parpas
4
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
Substitution63
8
SolomouAthos Solomou
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution76
Goal84
11
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
10
DannyDanny
Substitution86
Goal90+2
15
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou
Substitution38
14
RolandoRolando
19
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution63
18
Sílvio PereiraSílvio Pereira
23
EfremGeorge Efrem
Substitution80
19
VarelaSilvestre Varela

Coach

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Paulo Bento (POR)

Referee

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Luca Maggiani (ITA), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Fourth official

Andrea De Marco (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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