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Portugal advance with sixth straight victory

Published: Friday 23 May 2014, 20.20CET
FYROM 0-1 Portugal
Rui Jorge's side will compete in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after recording their sixth straight win.
by Emil Gasevski
from Skopje
Portugal advance with sixth straight victory
Portugal celebrate ©Getty Images

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Published: Friday 23 May 2014, 20.20CET

Portugal advance with sixth straight victory

FYROM 0-1 Portugal
Rui Jorge's side will compete in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after recording their sixth straight win.

Portugal took their place in the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs with two games to spare courtesy of a 1-0 victory against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Having won their five previous fixtures in the section, Rui Jorge's side required another three points to be confirmed Group 8 winners. A fluent brand of attacking football underlined the visitors' intent and they were rewarded shortly after the hour when Liverpool FC defender Tiago Ilori produced an unerring finish.

It was mostly one-way traffic from the off in Skopje, André Gomes sending a shot against the woodwork on 28 minutes, before Stole Dimitrievski executed a fine save to deny Portugal winger Ricardo Esgaio from the spot. The FYROM No1 continued to impress after the break, repelling quickfire attempts from Gonçalo Paciência.

However, there was nothing he could do on 64 minutes as Llori finished with aplomb after taking receipt of Ricardo's fine pass. Portugal were rarely troubled from then on, seeing out proceedings to stride an insurmountable nine points clear of second-placed Israel.

"I'm not completely satisfied with our performance tonight," admitted Portugal coach Jorge. "It was an important game against tough opponents. Our main goal was to win and we eventually achieved that, which is the most important thing."

Last updated: 04/06/15 7.47CET

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Lineups

FYR Macedonia

FYR Macedonia

Portugal

Portugal

1
DimitrievskiStole Dimitrievski (GK)
1
José SáJosé Sá (GK)
2
ToševskiKristijan Toševski
2
Ricardo EsgaioRicardo Esgaio
Penalty39
3
DamchevskiAleksandar Damchevski
3
Tiago IloriTiago Ilori
Goal64
4
BlaževskiMartin Blaževski
Yellow Card83
4
Paulo OliveiraPaulo Oliveira (C)
5
ZajkovGjoko Zajkov
5
Raphael GuerreiroRaphael Guerreiro
7
RadeskiMarjan Radeski
Substitution46
6
Luís GustavoLuís Gustavo
Substitution57
8
MicevskiDarko Micevski (C)
Yellow Card7
8
André GomesAndré Gomes
9
BabunskiDorian Babunski
Substitution61
19
Ivan CavaleiroIvan Cavaleiro
Substitution46
10
NikolovBoban Nikolov
20
Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva
11
AskovskiStefan Askovski
21
RicardoRicardo
Substitution75
20
VelkoskiDarko Velkoski
Substitution64
23
João MárioJoão Mário

Substitutes

12
AleksovskiIgor Aleksovski (GK)
12
Daniel FernandesDaniel Fernandes (GK)
14
AvramovskiDaniel Avramovski
7
Rúben PintoRúben Pinto
16
BojkuBesmir Bojku
9
Gonçalo PaciênciaGonçalo Paciência
Substitution46
17
GjurgjevicFahrudin Gjurgjevic
Substitution64
10
Tiago SilvaTiago Silva
18
MarkoskiKire Markoski
Substitution46
11
Carlos ManéCarlos Mané
Substitution57
19
SimonovskiMarko Simonovski
Substitution61
14
Miguel RodriguesMiguel Rodrigues
22
BejtulaiEgzon Bejtulai
17
TozéTozé
Substitution75

Coach

Boban Babunski (MKD) Rui Jorge (POR)

Referee

Rob Rogers (IRL)

Assistant referees

Ciaran Delaney (IRL), Robert Clarke (IRL)

Fourth official

Rob Harvey (IRL)

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