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Veloso sinks Albania as Portugal close on finals

Published: Monday 7 September 2015, 22.48CET
Albania 0-1 Portugal
The visitors took a big step towards the finals as Miguel Veloso's added-time header proved the difference in Elbasan.

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Match statistics

AlbaniaPortugal

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)48
 
52
Total attempts10
 
16
on target1
 
6
off target4
 
10
blocked5
 
0
against woodwork1
 
1
Corners4
 
5
Offsides1
 
6
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed21
 
13
Fouls suffered10
 
19

Standings

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Published: Monday 7 September 2015, 22.48CET

Veloso sinks Albania as Portugal close on finals

Albania 0-1 Portugal
The visitors took a big step towards the finals as Miguel Veloso's added-time header proved the difference in Elbasan.

  • Miguel Veloso heads winner on 92 minutes to clinch points for Portugal 
  • Nani rattles woodwork earlier on for visitors to Elbasan
  • Fernando Santos's side make it six successive qualifying wins on road
  • Albania four points behind Group I leaders, one short of Denmark 
  • Next games: Albania v Serbia, Portugal v Denmark (8 October)

Portugal left it late but snatched a stoppage-time win in Albania to establish a three-point lead at the top of qualifying Group I and close on the UEFA EURO 2016 finals.

The visitors looked set to lose their perfect record in Albania as they entered added time in Elbasan with Nani's effort against the woodwork the closest they had come. However, midfielder Miguel Veloso thumped in an unstoppable header in the 92nd minute to ensure Fernando Santos's men gained revenge for their matchday one shock in Aveiro.

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Nani takes on the Albania defence

Having won their last five away qualifiers, Portugal made the early running, with almost everything passing through Cristiano Ronaldo. He brought a first save of the night from Etrit Berisha 12 minutes in, a wicked low shot from range forcing the keeper to turn the ball past the post.

Another attempt from similar distance zipped just the wrong side of the upright before the No7 nodded wide a Nani cross. It was the Fenerbahçe man who had the best chance of the opening period, striking the post at full stretch at the back post from Danny's corner.

Albania had failed to trouble the visiting defence before the interval yet showed more attacking intent after the restart, Sokol Çikalleshi whistling a shot centimetres over. At the other end Danny should have done better than head wide when picked out at the far post, while Eliseu squandered a great opportunity when sent free, chipping wide over the outrushing keeper.

Veloso finally saved the day as he met Ricardo Quaresma's corner with a brutal header to snatch the points.

Last updated: 09/09/15 0.01CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014012/postmatch/report/index.html#portugal+close+finals

Lineups

Albania

Albania

Portugal

Portugal

1
BerishaEtrit Berisha (GK)
1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
3
LenjaniErmir Lenjani
3
PepePepe
5
CanaLorik Cana (C)
4
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
Goal90+2
6
XhimshitiBerat Xhimshiti
Yellow Card23
6
Ricardo CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
7
AgolliAnsi Agolli
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
11
GashiShkëlzen Gashi
Substitution70
10
DannyDanny
Substitution76
13
KukeliBurim Kukeli
11
VieirinhaVieirinha
Substitution54
14
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
13
DaniloDanilo
15
Arlind AjetiArlind Ajeti
15
Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva
Substitution65
16
ÇikalleshiSokol Çikalleshi
Substitution86
17
NaniNani
Yellow Card82
22
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
Yellow Card44
Substitution54
19
EliseuEliseu

Substitutes

12
ShehiOrges Shehi (GK)
12
Anthony LopesAnthony Lopes (GK)
23
HoxhaAlban Hoxha (GK)
22
BetoBeto (GK)
2
LilaAndi Lila
2
Paulo OliveiraPaulo Oliveira
4
RrahmaniAmir Rrahmani
5
Raphaël GuerreiroRaphaël Guerreiro
8
BashaMigjen Basha
Substitution54
8
André AndréAndré André
9
Memushaj                      Ledian Memushaj
9
ÉderÉder
Substitution76
10
SadikuArmando Sadiku
14
FonteJosé Fonte
17
AlijiNaser Aliji
16
João MárioJoão Mário
18
SalihiHamdi Salihi
18
VarelaSilvestre Varela
19
BalajBekim Balaj
Substitution86
20
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution65
20
KaçeErgys Kaçe
21
CédricCédric
Substitution54
21
RoshiOdise Roshi
Substitution70
23
Adrien SilvaAdrien Silva

Coach

Giovanni de Biasi (ALB) Fernando Santos (POR)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)

Fourth official

Mehmet Culum (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution