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Rare away win for Portugal

Published: Saturday 10 May 2003, 21.03CET
Ukraine 0-1 Portugal
A goal on the hour from Edite Fernandes helped Portugal to a first away win in three years.

Match statistics

UkrainePortugal

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Saturday 10 May 2003, 21.03CET

Rare away win for Portugal

Ukraine 0-1 Portugal
A goal on the hour from Edite Fernandes helped Portugal to a first away win in three years.

Portugal started their campaign to reach the 2005 UEFA European Women's Championship by winning on foreign soil for the first time in three years on Saturday thanks to a 1-0 win away to Ukraine in Group 4.

Early promise
The home team, however, attacked with verve early on and struck the post three times in the opening 20 minutes, when Portugal goalkeeper Carla Cristina was also called upon to make a series of fine saves. Yet the visitors held firm in the face of the fierce early pressure and were soon dominating possession through accurate passing and creating opportunities of their own.

Edite decisive
Portugal gradually took control of the match and it was no surprise when Edite Fernandes broke the deadlock in the 60th minute converting a rebound from a shot from the impressive Carla Couto. The goal spurred the Ukraine side back into action and Portugal had to be resilient in the final stages to ward off relentless attacking from the home team.

Cristovão delight
Portugal coach Nuno Cristovão was delighted to see his side make a victorious start. "It's always important to begin a qualifying tournament winning," he said. "These three points are vital if we want to achieve our goal of reaching the play-offs and making the next European Championship in England."

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.57CET

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