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, 23.41CET
Portugal 1-1 Northern Ireland
Hélder Postiga equalised in rainy Porto as the visitors almost ruined the night on which Cristiano Ronaldo won his 100th international cap.
Postiga to the rescue for Portugal
Northern Ireland's Steven Davis chases Portugal's Nani ©Getty Images

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

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 23.41CET

Postiga to the rescue for Portugal

Portugal 1-1 Northern Ireland
Hélder Postiga equalised in rainy Porto as the visitors almost ruined the night on which Cristiano Ronaldo won his 100th international cap.

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.

For all of their attacking possession after going behind, Portugal's most potent attacking force was the Northern Ireland defence. Aaron Hughes powered one header just wide of his own goal from a corner, while Craig Cathcart smashed another ball in from the right against the crossbar, but Northern Ireland could be proud of their rearguard ardour as time ticked on, and their luck appeared to be in.

Carroll shot out a foot to block a Cristiano Ronaldo strike just before the hour, and while captain Steven Davies was relieved to see his slice dip over the crossbar, Northern Ireland fought valiantly to keep their goal intact. Hughes took the ball off Ronaldo's toes, and Carroll twice made saves from Postiga, but the Real Zaragoza CF forward made no mistake when a ball from the left came his way, twisting five metres from goal before firing low into the net.

Silvestre Varela and Nani might have won it with efforts from range late on, but the draw was the least Michael O'Neill's men deserved.

Last updated: 08/05/14 7.06CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

12Rui Patrício (GK)1Roy Carroll (GK)
2Bruno Alves3Ryan McGivern
3Pepe
Yellow Card80
4Craig Cathcart
4Miguel Veloso5Jonny Evans
7Cristiano Ronaldo (C)6Chris Baird
8João Moutinho8Steven Davis (C)
15Rúben Micael
Substitution61
10Kyle Lafferty
17Nani11Corry Evans
19Miguel Lopes
Substitution46
14Niall McGinn
Goal30
21João Pereira
Substitution74
16Oliver Norwood
23Hélder Postiga
Goal79
18Aaron Hughes

Substitutes

1Eduardo (GK)23Michael McGovern (GK)
5Nélson2Lee Hodson
6Custódio7Dean Shiels
9Pizzi9David Healy
10Rúben Amorim
Substitution46
12Alan Mannus (GK)
11Nélson Oliveira15Paddy McCourt
13Sereno17Daniel Lafferty
14Luís Neto19William Grigg
18Silvestre Varela
Substitution61
20Josh Carson
20Éder
Substitution74
21Rory McArdle
22Beto (GK)

Coach

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

Referee

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

Assistant referees

Detlef Scheppe (GER), Guido Kleve (GER)

Fourth official

Marco Fritz (GER)

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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