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Portugal's Fonte proves too strong for Albania

Published: Wednesday 6 June 2012, 23.45CET
Portugal 3-1 Albania
Rui Fonte struck twice, the first a stunning half-volley, as Portugal moved two points clear of Russia at the top of Group 6 with victory in Marinha Grande.
by Carlos Machado
from Estádio Municipal
Portugal's Fonte proves too strong for Albania
Rui Fonte was Portugal's inspiration ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 6 June 2012, 23.45CET

Portugal's Fonte proves too strong for Albania

Portugal 3-1 Albania
Rui Fonte struck twice, the first a stunning half-volley, as Portugal moved two points clear of Russia at the top of Group 6 with victory in Marinha Grande.

Rui Fonte struck twice as Portugal moved back to the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 6 with a 3-1 victory over Albania.

The hosts made a blistering start in Marinha Grande, Salvador Agra breaking the deadlock inside two minutes and Fonte soon doubling the advantage with a spectacular half-volley. Bekim Bala pulled one back before the quarter-hour mark and the game, so fast and furious, suddenly went into a lull.

Portugal picked up the pace after the restart, and RCD Espanyol forward Fonte restored the two goal lead after a fine run from Agra. It sealed victory, though only after Mergim Brahimi rattled the crossbar with a free-kick, and leaves Portugal two points clear of Russia in Group 6, albeit having played two games more.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.14CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Albania

Albania

1
LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
1
FrasheriStivi Frasheri (GK) (C)
2
Ivo PintoIvo Pinto
2
DitaBruno Dita
Substitution84
3
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
Substitution80
3
MatoshiShpend Matoshi
4
João PereiraJoão Pereira
5
PrençiElvis Prençi
Yellow Card6
5
Rúben FerreiraRúben Ferreira
Yellow Card74
6
BajraktariMergim Bajraktari
6
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
7
DostiAlbi Dosti
7
Salvador AgraSalvador Agra
Goal2
Substitution70
8
BrahimiMergim Brahimi
8
André MartinsAndré Martins
9
BalajBekim Balaj
Goal14
Yellow Card66
Substitution70
9
Rui FonteRui Fonte (C)
Goal8
Goal54
10
SadikuArmando Sadiku
10
Diogo RosadoDiogo Rosado
11
TahipiGjelbrim Tahipi
11
JosuéJosué
Substitution61
14
VajushiArmando Vajushi

Substitutes

12
MikaMika (GK)
12
SejdoXhino Sejdo (GK)
13
Luís MartinsLuís Martins
13
DeliallisiAlfred Deliallisi (GK)
14
DaniloDanilo
Substitution61
15
F. HoxhaFabio Hoxha
Substitution70
15
FredyFredy
Substitution70
16
DeliaGers Delia
Substitution84
16
SimãoDavid Simão
17
BathaIdriz Batha
17
TijaneTijane
Substitution80
18
GashiLeotrim Gashi
18
CamaráAbel Camará

Coach

Rui Jorge (POR) Skënder Gega (ALB)

Referee

Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Christos Akrivos (GRE), Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)

Fourth official

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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