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Portugal double does the business

Published: Tuesday 5 September 2006, 23.45CET
Portugal 2-0 Poland Two goals in quick succession gave Portugal the win they needed to reach the UEFA Under-21 European Championship play-offs.
by Nuno Tavares
from Porto

Match statistics

PortugalPoland

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 7: POR - POL - LAT

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Portugal Portugal22004046
Poland Poland21013303
Latvia Latvia200215-40
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:26 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Tuesday 5 September 2006, 23.45CET

Portugal double does the business

Portugal 2-0 Poland Two goals in quick succession gave Portugal the win they needed to reach the UEFA Under-21 European Championship play-offs.

Portugal secured first place in Group 7 and a spot in next month's two-legged play-offs for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship after a 2-0 win against Poland in Pedroso.

Decisive double
Portugal coach José Couceiro had Manuel da Costa and Paulo Machado to thank after they scored two goals in the space of four second-half minutes to settle the match. Although they knew only a victory would allow them to advance, Portugal struggled to create chances during the first half, with Poland happy to sit back and wait for mistakes. Vieirinha and Varela were causing problems on the flanks but their crosses failed to find Portuguese targets.

Second half sub
João Moreira came on for Vieirinha after the break and Portugal raised their game, striking twice in quick succession. The opener came after 52 minutes via PSV Eindhoven centre-back Da Costa, who headed in Paulo Machado’s free-kick. Soon after, Ruben Amorim dispossessd a defender before setting up Machado for the second goal. Poland tried to get back into the game but they almost conceded a third in the 72th minute when Ricardo Vaz Té's shot went centimetres wide of the post.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.41CET

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