Stade Josy Barthel - Luxembourg 07/09/2012 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group F

Luxembourg - Portugal
1-2
 

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Portugal survive scare to see off Luxembourg

Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 23.33CET
Luxembourg 1-2 Portugal 
Given a stern examination, Paulo Bento's side had to come from behind to earn an opening FIFA World Cup qualifying Group F victory.
by Pedro Gonçalves
from Josy Barthel
Portugal survive scare to see off Luxembourg
Cristiano Ronaldo draws Portugal level ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Luxembourg
Portugal

1

Goals scored

2

6

Total attempts

15

2

Attempts on target

7

4

off target

5

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

2

3

Corners

4

0

Offsides

8

0

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

14

Fouls committed

9

8

Fouls suffered

13

Lineups

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Portugal

Portugal

1Joubert (GK)12Rui Patrício (GK)
3Blaise2Bruno Alves
78
5Schnell3Pepe
8Bettmer4Miguel Veloso
46
9Da Mota
14
79
5Fábio Coentrão
10Payal7Ronaldo (C)
27
13Joachim8João Moutinho
15Bukvic16Raul Meireles
67
17Mutsch (C)17Nani
81
19Jänisch21João Pereira
22Gerson23Hélder Postiga
54

Substitutes

12Oberweis (GK)22Beto (GK)
2Moreira1Eduardo (GK)
4Hoffmann6Custódio
67
7F. Leweck9Pizzi
11Collette10Rúben Amorim
16Philipps11Nélson Oliveira
18Jans13Ricardo Costa
21Deville
79
14Nuno André Coelho
15Rúben Micael
81
18Varela
46
86
19Miguel Lopes
20Éder

Coaches

Luc Holtz (LUX) Paulo Bento (POR)

Referee

Kristo Tohver (EST)

Press kits

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 21:04 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 23.33CET

Portugal survive scare to see off Luxembourg

Luxembourg 1-2 Portugal 
Given a stern examination, Paulo Bento's side had to come from behind to earn an opening FIFA World Cup qualifying Group F victory.

Trailing after 14 minutes, Portugal were made to work hard to earn a 2-1 victory against Luxembourg in their FIFA World Cup qualifying Group F opener.

If Paulo Bento's charges were expecting an easy ride at Josy Barthel, they were soon mistaken when Daniel Da Mota, a player of Portuguese origin, gave the hosts a 14th-minute lead. Their joy was short-lived, however, Cristiano Ronaldo levelling 13 minutes later. Portugal asserted their technical proficiency after the break and conjured a decisive second goal courtesy of Hélder Postiga.

Portugal's intentions were clear in the opening exchanges with an adventurous approach, which left the door open for Luxembourg to spring a surprise. Da Mota led the charge, foraying forward and unleashing a venomous right-footed effort past Rui Patrício. Stung into action, the visitors almost offered an immediate reply, Raul Meireles forcing Jonathan Joubert into a smart stop.

Parity was just around the corner, though, Ronaldo pick-pocketing Lars Gerson and finding the net with a drilled effort. The Real Madrid CF forward was denied by a post moments later as his side threatened to break free from their shackles.

The second half bore an uncanny resemblance to the first, Portugal holding their opponents at bay with one hand and dictating it with the other. They only had to wait nine minutes to end Luxembourg's resolve, Postiga waltzing his way into a one-on-one position and coolly slotting in. The hosts had no reply and had to contend with Portugal's relentless probing which should have resulted in a third goal, only for Ronaldo to be denied at the death by Joubert. 

Last updated: 08/05/14 8.43CET

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