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Portugal end English challenge

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2003, 23.57CET
England 1-2 Portugal Goals from Quaresma and Hélder Postiga secure a crucial victory at Goodison Park.
Published: Tuesday 9 September 2003, 23.57CET

Portugal end English challenge

England 1-2 Portugal Goals from Quaresma and Hélder Postiga secure a crucial victory at Goodison Park.

Portugal ended England's qualification hopes and sealed second place in UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 7 with a 2-1 away win at Goodison Park.

Second place assured
The victory moved the Portuguese to 15 points from seven games, four points behind group winners Turkey but, importantly, four above England. The qualifying campaign ends on 10 October, when Portugal take on Slovakia and England travel to Turkey.

Early advantage
The visitors took an early lead at Everton FC's ground, with Ricardo Quaresma converting a free-kick after Cristiano Ronaldo had been brought down. His well-struck effort beat Lee Grant at his near post from an acute angle.

Goalkeepers in action
The England goalkeeper then made good saves to deny Ricardo Quaresma and Hélder Postiga, while his opposite number Moreira reacted sharply to block a shot from Francis Jeffers.

Well-worked equaliser
However, eight minutes before half-time the home side drew level, with Jeffers again involved in the move that ended when Manchester City FC midfield player Joey Barton rolled the ball into the net from eight metres.

Further chances
Both sides created further chances at half-time, with Moreira gathering at the second attempt after Shola Ameobi's pass had played in Jeffers. Ameobi, Jeffers and Jermain Defoe all went close, as did Cristiano Ronaldo, who also created a chance for Quaresma to strike a shot that dipped just over the crossbar.

Late drama
However, 12 minutes from time, the visitors sealed all three points, as Hugo Viana's free-kick was deflected into the net by Hélder Postiga. England had one last chance to equalise for a second time, but Barton's low cross across the face of goal evaded the onrushing attackers and Portugal held on.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.54CET

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Lineups

England

England

Portugal

Portugal

13
GrantLee Grant (GK)
1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
2
JohnsonGlen Johnson
2
João PauloJoão Paulo
3
KoncheskyPaul Konchesky
Yellow Card17
3
LuzHugo Luz
4
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
4
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
Yellow Card62
5
DawsonMichael Dawson
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa (C)
6
ClarkePeter Clarke
6
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
Substitution80
7
PruttonDavid Prutton
Substitution77
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Goal4
Substitution60
8
BartonJoey Barton
Goal36
Yellow Card90+2
8
TiagoTiago
Yellow Card68
9
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
9
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Goal80
10
JeffersFrancis Jeffers
Yellow Card62
10
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
11
BarryGareth Barry (C)
11
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Substitution87

Substitutes

1
BurchRobert Burch (GK)
12
Bruno ValeBruno Vale (GK)
17
DefoeJermain Defoe
Substitution77
13
Mário SérgioMário Sérgio
Substitution80
12
HibbertTony Hibbert
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution87
14
SidwellSteve Sidwell
18
LourençoLourenço
Substitution60
15
TongeMichael Tonge
14
Pinheiro Das NevesPedro Paulo Pinheiro Das Neves
16
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
15
SantamariaSantamaria
18
ZamoraBobby Zamora
17
Cândido CostaCândido Costa

Coach

David Platt (ENG) José Pratas Romão (POR)

Referee

Athanassios Briakos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Bozatzidis (GRE), Konstantinos Dalas (GRE)

Fourth official

Emmanouil Tapatzas (GRE)

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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