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Victory in vain for four-goal Portugal

Published: Saturday 16 June 2007, 23.32CET
Israel 0-4 Portugal
José Couceiro's side failed to reach the semi-finals despite defeating Israel comfortably in Groningen.
by Simon Hart
from Euroborg

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Match statistics

IsraelPortugal

Goals scored0
4
Attempts on target3
 
12
Attempts off target1
 
13
Corners1
 
12
Fouls committed19
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group A NED / ISR / POR / BEL(Host country: Netherlands)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Netherlands Netherlands32105327
Belgium Belgium31203215
Portugal Portugal31115234
Israel Israel300306-60
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:26 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Saturday 16 June 2007, 23.32CET

Victory in vain for four-goal Portugal

Israel 0-4 Portugal
José Couceiro's side failed to reach the semi-finals despite defeating Israel comfortably in Groningen.

There was a rainbow over the Euroborg before kick-off but Portugal's hopes of finding a pot of gold here in the Netherlands ended despite this comfortable victory against Israel in their final Group A game. Belgium's 2-2 draw with the Netherlands some 60 kilometres away in Heerenveen consigned them to third place in the section, a point behind Jean-François De Sart's Belgians.

Mood turns sour
Leading 4-0 through goals from Manuel Fernandes, Ricardo Vaz Té, Miguel Veloso and Nani, everything looked rosy for Portugal until the 70th minute when news filtered through that Belgium had equalised against the Dutch. With the inspirational Nani departing on a stretcher in the same minute, suddenly the mood turned sour for José Couceiro's side. While Portugal must now wait for tomorrow's Group B deciders to find out if third spot will earn them a play-off for a berth at the 2008 Olympic Games, Israel's first U21 finals closed with this third successive defeat.

Flash of quality
Portugal had 70 per cent of possession during the opening quarter-hour yet it was Israel who had the first chance of note on 17 minutes. Idan Srur swung in a free-kick from the right but the unmarked Lior Rafaelov failed to make contact and Paulo Ribeiro saved with his feet. Almost immediately at the other end, we saw the first flash of quality from one of Portugal's highly-rated attackers as João Moutinho skipped past Eliran Danin and centred to Vaz Té but the forward, appearing for the first time in the Netherlands, headed over.

Nani to the fore
That sparked a succession of opportunities with Nani at the heart of everything. The new Manchester United FC winger had one shot deflected over, then drove another at Tom Al Madon from Hugo Almeida's knock-down. After the besieged goalkeeper had turned behind Manuel da Costa's low free-kick, Nani was at it again, hitting the top of the net with an overhead kick. A goal seemed inevitable and when it came on 37 minutes, Nani was involved again, Manuel Fernandes playing a one-two with him before driving a fierce shot in off the underside of the crossbar. Al Madon then kept out a Nani header but on the stroke of half-time, it was 2-0 as Vaz Té nodded in João Pereira's pinpoint cross.

No respite
The second half brought no respite for Israel and by the 50th minute, Portugal were out of sight. First Miguel Veloso's free-kick from out on the right evaded everyone, Al Madon included, on its way inside the far post. Sixty seconds later Nani flashed the ball past the goalkeeper from 20 metres. A real pity then that the talented 20-year-old's evening ended prematurely after a heavy tackle from Israel substitute Dani Bondarv. Israel prevented any further damage as Al Madon denied Moutinho and Danin headed off the line from Vaz Té, but Guy Levy's men missed out on the consolation of a first goal in the competition when Paulo Ribeiro saved Rami Duani's late close-range effort. While Portugal wait to see if there will indeed be an Olympic play-off on 21 June, for captain Hugo Almeida his involvement in the Netherlands is over having picked up another booking here.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.37CET

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Lineups

Israel

Israel

Portugal

Portugal

18
Al-MadonTom Al-Madon (GK)
1
Paulo RibeiroPaulo Ribeiro (GK)
2
ShpunginYuval Shpungin
3
João PereiraJoão Pereira
3
DaninEliran Danin
4
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
Goal49
5
KeinanDekel Keinan (C)
Yellow Card87
5
SemedoSemedo
6
JanLior Jan
8
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Goal37
Yellow Card53
7
SrurIdan Srur
Substitution56
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida (C)
Yellow Card30
Substitution67
9
ItzhakiBarak Itzhaki
Yellow Card3
10
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution60
12
DuaniRami Duani
17
Ricardo Vaz TéRicardo Vaz Té
Goal45
17
SaharBen Sahar
Substitution80
18
NaniNani
Yellow Card12
Goal50
Substitution71
20
TagaAmir Taga
21
AntunesAntunes
22
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution46
22
Manuel da CostaManuel da Costa
Yellow Card87

Substitutes

1
LevitaOhad Levita (GK)
12
Ricardo BatistaRicardo Batista (GK)
23
ShekelYossi Shekel (GK)
23
João BotelhoJoão Botelho (GK)
4
MaymonShai Maymon
2
AmoreirinhaAmoreirinha
8
BaruchyanAviram Baruchyan
6
OrganistaOrganista
10
TamuzToto Tamuz
7
Filipe OliveiraFilipe Oliveira
11
PeretzOmer Peretz
Substitution46
11
GonçalvesJosé Gonçalves
13
DamariNitzan Damari
Substitution80
13
RolandoRolando
14
ArbeitmanShlomi Arbeitman
14
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
Substitution60
15
PeserNaor Peser
15
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
16
Ben ShushanAmit Ben Shushan
16
MoreiraJoão Moreira
Substitution67
19
BondarvDani Bondarv
Substitution56
Yellow Card69
19
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution71
Yellow Card90
21
YeiniSheran Yeini
20
Yannick DjalóYannick Djaló

Coach

Guy Levi (ISR) Rui Manuel Dos Santos Caçador (POR)

Referee

Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Damir Skomina (SVN)

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