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Portugal deliver sucker punch

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2005, 21.00CET
Russia 0-1 Portugal Portugal managed a ninth successive victory as Manuel Fernandes scored the only goal in Moscow.
by Eduard Nisenboim
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2005, 21.00CET

Portugal deliver sucker punch

Russia 0-1 Portugal Portugal managed a ninth successive victory as Manuel Fernandes scored the only goal in Moscow.

Portugal managed a ninth straight win as Manuel Fernandes scored the only goal in Moscow.

Spectacular shot
Having already qualified for the play-offs for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals, the Group 3 leaders looked destined to be held to a draw by second-placed Russia until Manuel Fernandes found the target with a spectacular long-range shot which eluded Vladimir Gaboulov four minutes from time.

Russia dominant
The home side dominated from the start with strong play in midfield and controlled possession in the first half. Dangerous throughout, Aleksandr Samedov did brilliantly to outpace four Portuguese players before being denied by goalkeeper Bruno Vale after 12 minutes.

Steadying presence
Seconds later, Kirill Nababkin's header from a corner was cleared off the line by a defender, while Nikita Bazhenov squandered two chances before the interval as Russia held sway. However, things were to be more even in the second period as Ricardo Queresma helped steady the Portuguese.

Near misses
The hosts still looked the more likely team to score until Manuel Fernandes struck. Russia subsequently hit the bar in added time through Ruslan Nakhushev before Dmitry Torbinskiy fired the rebound against a post - but they could not find the all-important equaliser.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.05CET

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Lineups

Russia

Russia

Portugal

Portugal

1
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
1
Bruno ValeBruno Vale (GK)
3
EschenkoAndrei Eschenko
2
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
4
SheshukovAleksandr Sheshukov
3
Zé CastroZé Castro
6
DenisovIgor Denisov
4
Pedro RibeiroPedro Ribeiro
7
PavlenkoAleksandr Pavlenko
Yellow Card88
5
ValdirValdir
8
SamedovAleksandr Samedov
Yellow Card34
Substitution71
6
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Yellow Card36
Goal86
9
SaenkoIvan Saenko (C)
Yellow Card68
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma (C)
15
NakhushevRuslan Nakhushev
8
DannyDanny
Yellow Card34
Substitution46
17
NababkinKirill Nababkin
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
18
BazhenovNikita Bazhenov
Substitution87
10
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Yellow Card87
Substitution89
20
SabitovRenat Sabitov
Substitution46
11
Diogo ValenteDiogo Valente
Substitution84

Substitutes

12
LossevSerguei Lossev (GK)
12
Paulo RibeiroPaulo Ribeiro (GK)
2
MyagkovViktor Myagkov
Substitution46
13
João PereiraJoão Pereira
5
BelorukovDmitri Belorukov
14
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
Substitution46
11
LebedenkoIgor Lebedenko
Substitution71
Yellow Card89
15
Filipe OliveiraFilipe Oliveira
Substitution84
14
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
Substitution87
16
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution89
19
LukanchenkovAndrey Lukanchenkov
17
Paulo SérgioPaulo Sérgio
10
ChernogaevSergei Chernogaev
18
Miguel AngeloMiguel Angelo

Coach

Andrey Chernyshov (BLR) Agostinho Oliveira (POR)

Referee

Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)

Assistant referees

Christian Thoison (FRA), Eric Castellani (FRA)

Fourth official

Olivier Thual (FRA)

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