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Perfect Portugal dispatch FYROM

Published: Wednesday 5 March 2014, 20.45CET
Portugal 2-0 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Bernardo Silva and Ricardo Esgaio scored second-half goals as the hosts clinched a fifth consecutive win in qualifying Group 8.
by Carlos Jorge Santos
from Cidade de Barcelos
Perfect Portugal dispatch FYROM
Portugal enjoy their win against FYROM ©FPF

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Published: Wednesday 5 March 2014, 20.45CET

Perfect Portugal dispatch FYROM

Portugal 2-0 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Bernardo Silva and Ricardo Esgaio scored second-half goals as the hosts clinched a fifth consecutive win in qualifying Group 8.

Portugal struck twice after half-time to inflict a 2-0 defeat on Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and extend their perfect record in 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8.

Having won their four previous matches in the section, Rui Jorge's side knew another victory would move them six points clear at the top. Despite controlling the game from the start, however, they had to wait to make their breakthrough, with Bernardo Silva registering on 51 minutes and Ricardo Esgaio soon following suit from the penalty spot.

The hosts rarely found themselves under pressure, yet they struggled to carve out chances in the opening half. Gonçalo Paciência missed an open goal with 18 minutes gone and Portugal toiled away until added time in the first period to threaten again, substitute Ricardo drawing a save from Stole Dimitrievski before Rúben Vezo hit the crossbar following a corner.

Bernardo Silva eventually opened the scoring when he turned in a Ricardo centre at the far post, and Ricardo Esgaio made sure of the result after Martin Blaževski had impeded João Mário in the area. Portugal won another penalty shortly afterwards, but this time Dimitrievski was able to deny Gonçalo Paciência.

Last updated: 04/06/15 8.37CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

FYR Macedonia

FYR Macedonia

1
José SáJosé Sá (GK)
1
DimitrievskiStole Dimitrievski (GK)
3
Rúben VezoRúben Vezo
2
RistovskiStefan Ristovski (C)
Substitution55
4
Paulo OliveiraPaulo Oliveira
3
AlilovskiEgzijan Alilovski
6
Luís MartinsLuís Martins (C)
6
ZajkovGjoko Zajkov
7
Ricardo EsgaioRicardo Esgaio
Goal59
7
BlaževskiMartin Blaževski
8
Luís GustavoLuís Gustavo
Yellow Card47
8
MicevskiDarko Micevski
Yellow Card49
Substitution61
16
Carlos ManéCarlos Mané
Substitution35
9
BabunskiDorian Babunski
Substitution80
18
André GomesAndré Gomes
Substitution77
10
David BabunskiDavid Babunski
19
Gonçalo PaciênciaGonçalo Paciência
Penalty66
11
TrajkovskiAleksandar Trajkovski
20
Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva
Goal51
Substitution68
15
AskovskiStefan Askovski
23
João MárioJoão Mário
19
MusliuVisar Musliu

Substitutes

12
Daniel FernandesDaniel Fernandes (GK)
12
IlievDeyan Iliev (GK)
9
Tomané Tomané
4
NajdoskiDino Najdoski
10
Sérgio OliveiraSérgio Oliveira
Substitution77
13
DamchevskiAleksandar Damchevski
11
TozéTozé
14
VelkoskiDarko Velkoski
Substitution61
13
Miguel RodriguesMiguel Rodrigues
17
ToševskiKristijan Toševski
17
Marcos LopesMarcos Lopes
Substitution68
18
GjurgjevicFahrudin Gjurgjevic
Substitution80
21
RicardoRicardo
Substitution35
20
RadeskiMarjan Radeski
Substitution55

Coach

Rui Jorge (POR) Boban Babunski (MKD)

Referee

Barış Şimşek (TUR)

Assistant referees

Kemal Yilmaz (TUR), Ekrem Kan (TUR)

Fourth official

Bülent Birincioğlu (TUR)

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