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Portugal grateful for strong finish

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 19.50CET
Portugal 3-1 FYROM
Porto witnessed three goals in seven frantic final minutes as the hosts finished third in Group 9, consigning the visitors to last place.
by Carlos Santos
from Jorge Sampaio stadium
Portugal grateful for strong finish
Bebé opened the scoring for Portugal ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 19.50CET

Portugal grateful for strong finish

Portugal 3-1 FYROM
Porto witnessed three goals in seven frantic final minutes as the hosts finished third in Group 9, consigning the visitors to last place.

Portugal beat the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 3-1 to leave the visitors without a win at the end of UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 9 qualifying.

Neither side harboured any hope of reaching the play-offs and it was Portugal who started the brighter, recent Manchester United FC acquisition Bebé giving them a 23rd-minute lead. He spurned two further opportunities, while João Silva was also denied by a fine Andreja Efremov save, before Bura finally doubled Portugal's lead with a header from Ukra's corner three minutes from time.

Ukra was again the provider as Silva got in on the act two minutes into added time, with substitute Marjan Altiparmakovski scoring an even later consolation for FYROM. "My players wanted to win more than anything; that's why they were anxious and made mistakes at the start," said Portugal coach Oceano da Cruz. "But the performance was pretty positive."

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.40CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

FYROM

FYROM

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
12
EfremovAndreja Efremov (GK)
2
Fábio FariaFábio Faria
Yellow Card43
2
GeorgievskiDaniel Georgievski
Substitution90+1
4
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço (C)
Yellow Card21
3
RistevskiKirce Ristevski
6
André SantosAndré Santos
Substitution60
4
UrdinovYani Urdinov
Yellow Card78
8
André CastroAndré Castro
5
DimitrovskiVladimir Dimitrovski (C)
10
Rui PedroRui Pedro
Substitution74
6
BogdanovicGoran Bogdanovic
13
BuraBura
Yellow Card41
Goal87
10
MuaremMuarem Muarem
Yellow Card30
14
João SilvaJoão Silva
Goal90+2
11
PetrovFilip Petrov
16
BébéBébé
Goal23
Substitution88
13
HasaniFeran Hasani
17
UkraUkra
15
Antonio StankovAntonio Stankov
Substitution64
18
João GonçalvesJoão Gonçalves
16
SpirovskiStefan Spirovski
Yellow Card65
Substitution74

Substitutes

12
VenturaVentura (GK)
1
NaumovskiKristijan Naumovski (GK)
3
André PintoAndré Pinto
7
DuranskiFilip Duranski
9
YazaldeYazalde
Substitution88
8
PetrovicMilovan Petrovic
Substitution64
11
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
9
PetrovTomica Petrov
15
Pedro MoreiraPedro Moreira
Substitution60
14
BrdarevskiVladica Brdarevski
Substitution90+1
19
João AurélioJoão Aurélio
17
MicinoviсJasmin Micinoviс
20
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
Substitution74
18
AltiparmakovskiMarjan Altiparmakovski
Substitution74
Goal90+4

Coach

Oceano da Cruz (POR) Boban Babunski (MKD)

Referee

Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)

Assistant referees

Olafur Ingvar Gudfinnsson (ISL), Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Erlendur Eiriksson (ISL)

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