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Portugal keep hopes alive

Published: Wednesday 26 March 2008, 2.45CET
Portugal 2-0 Bulgaria
Goals from João Moreira and Carlos Saleiro kept the hosts' Group 3 play-off hopes alive in Guimaraes.
by Nuno Tavares
Portugal keep hopes alive
Carlos Saleiro scored Portugal's second ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PortugalBulgaria

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 3: POR / ENG / BUL / IRL / MNE

PPts
England England719
Portugal Portugal613
Montenegro Montenegro77
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland64
Bulgaria Bulgaria63
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:24 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Wednesday 26 March 2008, 2.45CET

Portugal keep hopes alive

Portugal 2-0 Bulgaria
Goals from João Moreira and Carlos Saleiro kept the hosts' Group 3 play-off hopes alive in Guimaraes.

Goals from João Moreira and Carlos Saleiro kept the hosts' Group 3 play-off hopes alive in Guimaraes. Bulgaria had beaten Portugal 1-0 in the reverse fixture in October, and Rui Caçador's side had a hard time again on home soil, finally breaking the deadlock with two goals in three second-half minutes.

Nerves jangling
Portugal almost took the lead after 21 minutes as João Moreira's overhead kick drew a suitably spectacular save from Nikolay Mihaylov, and while the hosts kept up the pressure, they were made to sweat as Nikolay Dimitrov's 51st-minute effort flew just wide. Nerves were jangling before Mihaylov spilled Manuel Fernandes' 65th-minute free-kick allowing João Moreira to hit the loose ball through the goalkeeper's legs.

Crucial fixture
Three minutes later, it was all over for the visitors as Paulo Machado's long pass picked out Carlos Saleiro and the 22-year-old substitute scored with a low shot. The result leaves Portugal six points adrift of section leaders England, but with a game in hand. The top two meet in England in what may prove to be a decisive game in September.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.51CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

7
VieirinhaVieirinha
Yellow Card16
16
BozhinovLubomir Bozhinov
Substitution82
1
Ricardo BatistaRicardo Batista (GK)
19
N. DimitrovNikolay Dimitrov
4
PeléPelé
Yellow Card40
Substitution63
18
GadzhevVladimir Gadzhev
5
AntunesAntunes
4
IvanovIvan Ivanov
6
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
1
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
8
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes (C)
Yellow Card85
10
PopovIvelin Popov
9
MoreiraJoão Moreira
Goal70
Substitution80
9
KurdovAtanas Kurdov
Substitution66
13
Salgado Da Cunha Mango FernandVasco Herculano Salgado Da Cunha Mango Fernand
5
KavdanskiMartin Kavdanski
14
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
3
BodurovNikolay Bodurov
Yellow Card76
16
Manuel da CostaManuel da Costa
20
GenevViktor Genev
Yellow Card37
Substitution54
17
Bruno GamaBruno Gama
Substitution46
14
OgnyanovMarian Ognyanov
Yellow Card45+1

Substitutes

15
VinhaVítor Vinha
7
BaltanovLachezar Baltanov
12
Mário FelgueirasMário Felgueiras (GK)
6
DyulgerovNikolay Dyulgerov
3
Nuno André CoelhoNuno André Coelho
13
FidaninAtanas Fidanin
10
CelestinoCelestino
Substitution80
11
MirchevVladislav Mirchev
Substitution82
11
Hélder BarbosaHélder Barbosa
Substitution63
17
KikiDani Kiki
Substitution66
Yellow Card73
18
SaleiroCarlos Saleiro
Substitution46
Goal73
12
StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
20
Yannick DjalóYannick Djaló
2
VidanovPavel Vidanov
Substitution54

Coach

Rui Manuel Dos Santos Caçador (POR) Ivan Kolev (BUL)

Referee

Matej Jug (SVN)

Assistant referees

Bojan Ul (SVN), Robert Zirnstein (SVN)

Fourth official

Peter Sart (SVN)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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