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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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