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Portugal see off Serbia to top Group I

Published: Sunday 29 March 2015, 22.40CET
Portugal 2-1 Serbia
Fábio Coentrão scored the decisive goal as the hosts won for the third successive match to move to the top of Group I.

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Match statistics

PortugalSerbia

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts12
 
10
on target5
 
3
off target4
 
3
blocked3
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
5
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
9

Standings

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Published: Sunday 29 March 2015, 22.40CET

Portugal see off Serbia to top Group I

Portugal 2-1 Serbia
Fábio Coentrão scored the decisive goal as the hosts won for the third successive match to move to the top of Group I.

Portugal set the pace in Group I after their third straight victory
• Ricardo Carvalho heads the hosts in front in Lisbon
Nemanja Matić's spectacular overhead kick briefly brings Serbia level
• Fábio Coentrão's clincher earns Portugal their first success over Serbia
Next qualifiers: Armenia v Portugal, Denmark v Serbia (13 June)

Portugal saw off Serbia in Lisbon to establish themselves at the top of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group I after making it three wins in a row.

Since beginning with a home defeat by Albania, Portugal have found their feet and their positive run continued as Ricardo Carvalho headed in an early opener. Nemanja Matić's spectacular volley brought Radovan Ćurčić's team momentarily level, but Fábio Coentrão decided matters moments later to give his side their first victory against Serbia at the third attempt.

Serbia had won just one of their previous seven competitive away games and their chances of improving that record took a quick hit. Ten minutes in, Portugal's short corner worked space for Coentrão to swing in a cross from the right that Carvalho helped on its way with his head.

The visitors were almost level when Dušan Tadić found room on the edge of the area, but his drilled low shot zipped past the base of the right post. Cristiano Ronaldo was a menace to the Serbian defence and almost doubled the home advantage before half-time, yet his dipping effort from nearly 30 metres was tipped over by a full-stretch Vladimir Stojković.

Alves: We need to keep working

An excellent Matija Nastasić intervention prevented Nani converting a cross at the front post soon after the interval, before Aleksandar Mitrović wasted an excellent opportunity to level, hammering a header over from an ideal Tadić delivery. Serbia did equalise on 61 minutes with a brilliant strike. Radosav Petrović flicked on Aleksandar Kolarov's corner and Matić gracefully sent a superb overhead kick past Rui Patrício at the back post.

Parity was short-lived, though, courtesy of João Moutinho who teased a perfect centre through the Serbia box, enabling the onrushing Coentrão to tap in at the back post. And although Patrício was forced to repel a Petrović volley, Fernando Santos's men saw things out to the Lisbon crowd's delight.

Last updated: 02/06/15 2.54CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013943/postmatch/report/index.html#portugal+serbia

Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Serbia

Serbia

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
1
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
5
NastasićMatija Nastasić
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Yellow Card41
Goal63
Substitution78
6
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović (C)
6
Ricardo CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
Goal10
Substitution17
8
PetrovićRadosav Petrović
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
9
A. MitrovićAleksandar Mitrović
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Yellow Card90+2
10
TadićDušan Tadić
Substitution78
10
DannyDanny
Substitution86
11
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Yellow Card47
13
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
14
MatićNemanja Matić
Yellow Card25
Goal61
17
NaniNani
18
BastaDušan Basta
18
EliseuEliseu
21
MarkovićLazar Marković
Substitution65
19
TiagoTiago
22
LjajićAdem Ljajić
Yellow Card41
Substitution85

Substitutes

22
VenturaVentura (GK)
23
BrkićŽeljko Brkić (GK)
12
Anthony LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
12
LukačMilan Lukač (GK)
3
AntunesAntunes
2
ObradovićIvan Obradović
4
FonteJosé Fonte
Substitution17
3
D. TošićDuško Tošić
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
4
GudeljNemanja Gudelj
11
VieirinhaVieirinha
7
Z. TošićZoran Tošić
Substitution78
Yellow Card82
14
William CarvalhoWilliam Carvalho
Substitution86
13
MaksimovićNikola Maksimović
15
André GomesAndré Gomes
15
TomovićNenad Tomović
16
João MárioJoão Mário
16
MilivojevićLuka Milivojević
20
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution78
17
KostićFilip Kostić
21
CédricCédric
19
DjuričićFilip Djuričić
Substitution65
Yellow Card90+1
23
ÉderÉder
20
ŠkuletićPetar Škuletić
Substitution85

Coach

Ilídio Vale (POR) Radovan Ćurčić (SRB)

Referee

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)

Fourth official

Matteo Passeri (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), Daniele Orsato (ITA)

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