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Martins ends Russia's perfect record

Published: Friday 1 June 2012, 22.47CET
Portugal 1-0 Russia
An André Martins header 16 minutes from time ended Russia's 100% record in the section and moved Portugal to within a point of the Group 6 leaders.
by José Pimentel
Martins ends Russia's perfect record
André Martins (left) celebrates his winning goals for Portugal aginst Russia ©FPF
Published: Friday 1 June 2012, 22.47CET

Martins ends Russia's perfect record

Portugal 1-0 Russia
An André Martins header 16 minutes from time ended Russia's 100% record in the section and moved Portugal to within a point of the Group 6 leaders.

Portugal's prospects of reaching the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs received a boost after a 1-0 victory against Group 6 leaders Russia.

After a nervous start, in which goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was forced into early action, saving from Pavel Yakovlev and Fedor Smolov, Portugal settled into a more comfortable rhythm, with André Martins pulling the strings.

The Sporting Clube de Portugal midfielder had already tested the reflexes of Nikolai Zabolotni before sending an 18th-minute free-kick narrowly wide, and as Rui Jorge's side increased the pressure on a side with a perfect record in the section, Zabolotni was called upon to deny João Pereira's header, on 28 minutes, following a right-wing cross by Josué, and a close-range strike from Martins.

Portugal, in need of a win to realistically keep their play-off hopes alive, met still more stubborn resistance from Zabolotni after the interval as the FC Spartak Moskva thwarted efforts from Diogo Rosado and Martins, while at the other end the visitors almost scored themselves when Smolov brought the best out of Lopes.

The introduction of David Simão and Abel Camará gave Portugal renewed impetus and the home side were finally rewarded for their endeavour when Salvador Agra's run and cross was converted at the far post by Martins. Their third win of the campaign took Portugal to within a point of leaders Russia, who have a game in hand.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.31CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2013/matches/round=2000192/match=2006900/postmatch/report/index.html#portugal+edge+past+russia

Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Russia

Russia

1
LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
1
ZabolotniNikolai Zabolotni (GK)
2
CédricCédric
Yellow Card37
2
TsallagovIbragim Tsallagov
Yellow Card32
3
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
3
SchennikovGeorgi Schennikov
4
João PereiraJoão Pereira
4
ChicherinNikita Chicherin
5
Rúben FerreiraRúben Ferreira
5
BurlakTaras Burlak (C)
6
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
6
OzdoevMagomed Ozdoev
Substitution46
7
Salvador AgraSalvador Agra
7
PetrovSergei Petrov
8
André MartinsAndré Martins
Goal74
Substitution79
8
ShatovOleg Shatov
Substitution75
9
Rui FonteRui Fonte (C)
Substitution65
9
YakovlevPavel Yakovlev
Yellow Card90+1
10
Diogo RosadoDiogo Rosado
Substitution60
10
SmolovFedor Smolov
11
JosuéJosué
11
KanunnikovMaksim Kanunnikov
Substitution54

Substitutes

12
CristianoCristiano (GK)
12
FiltsovAleksandr Filtsov (GK)
13
Nuno ReisNuno Reis
13
Belyaev Maksim Belyaev
14
DaniloDanilo
Substitution79
14
BibilovShota Bibilov
Substitution75
15
FredyFredy
15
BryzgalovSergei Bryzgalov
16
SimãoDavid Simão
Substitution60
16
CheryshevDenis Cheryshev
Substitution54
17
TijaneTijane
17
SosninAnton Sosnin
Substitution46
Yellow Card89
18
CamaráAbel Camará
Substitution65
Yellow Card90+3
18
DelkinArtem Delkin

Coach

Rui Jorge (POR) Nikolai Pisarev (RUS)

Referee

Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)

Assistant referees

Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA), Fabiano Preti (ITA)

Fourth official

Marco Guida (ITA)

Legend:

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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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