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

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
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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Lineups

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Portugal

Portugal

1Jonathan Joubert (GK)12Rui Patrício (GK)
3Guy Blaise2Bruno Alves
Yellow Card78
5Tom Schnell3Pepe
8Gilles Bettmer4Miguel Veloso
Substitution46
9Daniel Da Mota
Goal14
Substitution79
5Fábio Coentrão
10Ben Payal7Cristiano Ronaldo (C)
Goal27
13Aurélien Joachim8João Moutinho
15Ante Bukvic16Raul Meireles
Substitution67
17Mario Mutsch (C)17Nani
Substitution81
19Mathias Jänisch21João Pereira
22Lars Gerson23Hélder Postiga
Goal54

Substitutes

12Marc Oberweis (GK)22Beto (GK)
2Clayton Moreira1Eduardo (GK)
4Eric Hoffmann6Custódio
Substitution67
7Fons Leweck9Pizzi
11Dan Collette10Rúben Amorim
16Chris Philipps11Nélson Oliveira
18Laurent Jans13Ricardo Costa
21Maurice Deville
Substitution79
14Nuno André Coelho
15Rúben Micael
Substitution81
18Silvestre Varela
Substitution46
Yellow Card86
19Miguel Lopes
20Éder

Coach

Luc Holtz (LUX) Paulo Bento (POR)

Referee

Kristo Tohver (EST)

Assistant referees

Sten Klaasen (EST), Hannes Reinvald (EST)

Fourth official

Hannes Kaasik (EST)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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