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Portugal condemn Greece to first loss

Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009, 21.45CET
Portugal 2-1 Greece
Portugal kept alive their hopes of reaching the 2011 finals with victory over the Group 9 leaders, who fell to their first defeat.
by José Nuno Pimentel
Portugal condemn Greece to first loss
Ukra in action for Portugal ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009, 21.45CET

Portugal condemn Greece to first loss

Portugal 2-1 Greece
Portugal kept alive their hopes of reaching the 2011 finals with victory over the Group 9 leaders, who fell to their first defeat.

Portugal kept alive their hopes of reaching the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a 2-1 victory over Group 9 leaders Greece, who fell to their first defeat.

Commanding performance
Portugal's chances looked slight after losing to England on Saturday, but they bounced back in commanding fashion thanks to second-half goals from Rui Pedro and Yazalde. Greece goalkeeper Nikos Babaniotis twice thwarted Yazalde before the break, but was beaten six minutes into the second half when Rui Pedro headed in captain Bruno Pereirinha's cross from the right. The goal brought Greece to life with Giannis Papadopoulos coming close, but they left themselves exposed as they pressed and Yazalde finished off a fine counter to double Portugal's advantage with 16 minutes to play.

Late strike
The home side had further chances, but two goals proved enough despite substitute Elini Dimoutsos pulling one back for Greece in added time. Nikolaos Nioplias's side still lead the section by two points from England, who had earlier drawn with Lithuania, with Portugal four points further back in third. Both England and Portugal have a game in hand. The top two meet in March, before Portugal play Lithuania in August.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.50CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Greece

Greece

1
VenturaVentura (GK)
1
BabaniotisNikos Babaniotis (GK)
2
Fábio FariaFábio Faria
2
BoukouvalasMichalis Boukouvalas
Yellow Card53
4
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço (C)
Yellow Card76
3
IoannidisGiorgos Ioannidis
Yellow Card60
Substitution71
5
Miguel VítorMiguel Vítor
4
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Yellow Card17
7
João AurélioJoão Aurélio
5
SiovasDimitris Siovas (C)
10
Rui PedroRui Pedro
Goal51
Substitution65
6
SiakkasGiorgos Siakas
11
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
7
KoutsianikoulisVassilis Koutsianikoulis
13
André SantosAndré Santos
8
G. PapadopoulosGiannis Papadopoulos
14
YazaldeYazalde
Yellow Card26
Goal74
Substitution79
9
SoiledisAris Soiledis
Substitution50
16
Pedro MoreiraPedro Moreira
10
TachtsidisPanagiotis Tachtsidis
Yellow Card20
Substitution63
17
UkraUkra
Substitution70
11
PapazoglouSakis Papazoglou

Substitutes

12
DiegoDiego (GK)
12
KoutzavasilisFotis Koutzavasilis (GK)
3
André PintoAndré Pinto
13
ArgyriouAnestis Argyriou
Substitution71
6
Adrien SilvaAdrien Silva
Substitution65
14
ApostolopoulosVassilis Apostolopoulos
9
RabiolaRabiola
Substitution79
15
KatsikogiannisGiorgos Katsikogiannis
15
Tiago PintoTiago Pinto
16
DimoutsosElini Dimoutsos
Substitution50
Goal90+2
19
FredyFredy
Substitution70
17
GiantsisDimitrios Giantsis
Substitution63
20
Tiago CintraTiago Cintra
18
PavlisMichalis Pavlis

Coach

Oceano da Cruz (POR) Nikos Nioplias (GRE)

Referee

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Assistant referees

David Benech (FRA), Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)

Fourth official

Damien Ledentu (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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