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Moutinho magic seals Portugal progress

Published: Thursday 8 October 2015, 22.51CET
Portugal 1-0 Denmark 
Qualification and Group I supremacy belong to Portugal after a João Moutinho goal took Denmark's fate out of Morten Olsen's side's hands.

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Match statistics

PortugalDenmark

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)50
 
50
Total attempts16
 
9
on target7
 
3
off target6
 
5
blocked3
 
1
against woodwork1
 
1
Corners6
 
7
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
9

Standings

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Published: Thursday 8 October 2015, 22.51CET

Moutinho magic seals Portugal progress

Portugal 1-0 Denmark 
Qualification and Group I supremacy belong to Portugal after a João Moutinho goal took Denmark's fate out of Morten Olsen's side's hands.

  • João Moutinho drives in winner in 66th minute
  • Result confirms qualification and Group I top spot for Portugal 
  • Denmark end campaign with 12 points, one above Albania who have game in hand
  • Danes will qualify automatically if Albanians fail to win in Armenia on Sunday
  • Last games: Serbia v Portugal (Sunday), Denmark – qualifying concluded

João Moutinho got the only goal of the game as Portugal confirmed top spot in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group I with a victory that leaves Denmark's fate in Albania's hands.

The match in Braga concluded the Danish campaign on a low note as the Portuguese No8 flashed in the winner in the 66th minute. With no more fixtures to play, Morten Olsen's men are one point ahead of an Albania side who visit Armenia on Sunday knowing only a victory will deny the Danes the second automatic qualifying place.

Just like in Copenhagen a year ago – when Cristiano Ronaldo's 95th-minute header won it 1-0 – there was little between the teams. The Real Madrid forward tried his luck with a low effort from 25 metres which Kasper Schmeichel dealt with comfortably while Nicklas Bendtner fired narrowly wide at the other end on the break.

The hosts slowly gained the upper hand and Moutinho zipped a drive centimetres over from the edge of the area. Simon Kjær – tasked with nullifying the Ronaldo threat – blocked a goal-bound header from the No7 before Nani almost broke the deadlock moments before the interval when his looping header struck the crossbar.

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João Moutinho crashes in the winner

Denmark took the contest to the home side after the restart as Bendtner crashed a shot against the post after controlling smartly on his chest before the Wolfsburg forward headed a cross a fraction over the bar. Portugal fought back and Schmeichel redeemed himself superbly after spilling a Ronaldo effort to deny Tiago on the follow-up.

The Danish No1 could do nothing when Moutinho collected a clearance on the edge of the box, cut inside Daniel Agger and rifled the ball into the corner with his right foot. Bernardo Silva almost stroked in a second before Rui Patrício produced an outstanding save from Agger's header as the 1992 champions failed to find the equaliser. 

Last updated: 09/10/15 1.03CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014029/postmatch/report/index.html#portugal+progress

Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Denmark

Denmark

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
Yellow Card82
1
SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel (GK)
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
2
WassDaniel Wass
Yellow Card69
Substitution69
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
3
KjærSimon Kjær
6
Ricardo CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
4
AggerDaniel Agger (C)
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
5
DurmisiRiza Durmisi
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Goal66
Substitution90+1
6
JacobsenLars Jacobsen
13
DaniloDanilo
Yellow Card88
8
BraithwaiteMartin Braithwaite
15
Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva
Substitution76
9
Krohn-DehliMichael Krohn-Dehli
17
NaniNani
Substitution82
10
EriksenChristian Eriksen
Yellow Card43
Substitution82
19
TiagoTiago
11
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
21
CédricCédric
23
HøjbjergPierre Højbjerg
Yellow Card25
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
EduardoEduardo (GK)
16
AndersenStephan Andersen (GK)
22
VenturaVentura (GK)
22
LösslJonas Lössl (GK)
3
Luís NetoLuís Neto
7
KvistWilliam Kvist
Substitution46
4
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
12
VestergaardJannik Vestergaard
9
ÉderÉder
13
KahlenbergThomas Kahlenberg
10
DannyDanny
Substitution76
14
SviatchenkoErik Sviatchenko
11
André AndréAndré André
15
S. PoulsenSimon Poulsen
14
FonteJosé Fonte
Substitution90+1
17
RasmussenMorten Rasmussen
16
João MárioJoão Mário
18
J. PoulsenJakob Poulsen
18
EliseuEliseu
19
N. JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
Substitution69
20
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution82
20
Y. PoulsenYussuf Poulsen
Substitution82
23
SemedoNélson Semedo
21
SistoPione Sisto

Coach

Fernando Santos (POR) Morten Olsen (DEN)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Beck (ENG), Jake Collin (ENG)

Fourth official

John Brooks (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Andre Marriner (ENG), Jonathan Moss (ENG)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution