Estádio do Dragão - Porto 16/10/2012 - 21:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group F

Portugal - Northern Ireland
1-1
 

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Postiga to the rescue for Portugal

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 23.00CET
Postiga to the rescue for Portugal
Northern Ireland's Steven Davis chases Portugal's Nani ©Getty Images

Hélder Postiga provided relief for Portugal in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group F, slamming away a 79th-minute equaliser to deny Northern Ireland an implausible victory in Porto.

Soggy conditions seemed to suit a side used to playing in rainy Belfast, and Northern Ireland had already unsettled their hosts on a few occasions when, on the half-hour, a swift foray saw Jonny Evans and Kyle Lafferty send Niall McGinn sprinting free – the Aberdeen FC winger took a touch before clipping the ball over Rui Patrício. However, while Roy Carroll's goal led something of a charmed life, Postiga broke the spell with a fine finish on the turn in the closing stages.

Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

12Rui Patrício (GK)1Carroll (GK)
2Bruno Alves3McGivern
3Pepe
80
4Cathcart
4Miguel Veloso5J. Evans
7Ronaldo (C)6Baird
8João Moutinho8Davis (C)
15Rúben Micael
61
10K. Lafferty
17Nani11C. Evans
19Miguel Lopes
46
14McGinn
30
21João Pereira
74
16Norwood
23Hélder Postiga
79
18Hughes

Substitutes

1Eduardo (GK)23McGovern (GK)
5Nélson2Hodson
6Custódio7Shiels
9Pizzi9Healy
10Rúben Amorim
46
12Mannus (GK)
11Nélson Oliveira15McCourt
13Sereno17D. Lafferty
14Luís Neto19Grigg
18Varela
61
20Carson
20Éder
74
21McArdle
22Beto (GK)

Coaches

Paulo Bento (POR) Michael O'Neill (NIR)

Referee

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

Press kits

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Match statistics

Portugal
Northern Ireland

1

Goals scored

1

13

Total attempts

2

5

Attempts on target

2

7

off target

0

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

14

Corners

4

1

Offsides

1

1

Yellow cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

4

Fouls committed

1

1

Fouls suffered

4

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
  • Yellow Card
    80
    Pepe (Portugal) is cautioned by the referee.
  • Goal
    79
    Hélder Postiga (Portugal) scores!
  • Substitution
    74
    Éder (in) - João Pereira (out) (Portugal)
  • Substitution
    61
    Varela (in) - Rúben Micael (out) (Portugal)

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