Play-off for Final Tournament, Second leg - 18/11/2003 - 21:00CET (21:00 local time) - Gabriel-Montpied - Clermont-Ferrand
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Aggregate: 3-3 Portugal win 4-1 on penalties 

France - Portugal 1-2 - 18/11/2003 - Match page - Under-21 2004

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Portugal overcome the odds

Published: Wednesday 19 November 2003, 0.10CET
France 1-2 Portugal (agg: 3-3, 1-4 on penalties)
Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Alves score to shock France.

Match statistics

FrancePortugal

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards1
 
0

Standings

Published: Wednesday 19 November 2003, 0.10CET

Portugal overcome the odds

France 1-2 Portugal (agg: 3-3, 1-4 on penalties)
Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Alves score to shock France.

Portugal produced a remarkable fightback to overcome ten-man France 4-1 on penalties after a 2-1 win in Clermont-Ferrand in the second leg of their UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off.

Cissé sent off
Luís Lourenço, Hélder Postiga, Mário Sérgio and Cristiano Ronaldo all converted their spot-kicks while only Bernard Mendy was on target for France as José Romão's side booked their place in next May's final tournament. Trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Guimaraes, they repaired the damage of that result through goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Alves, sandwiching a strike from Djibril Cissé, whose evening ended prematurely when he was sent off moments before half-time.

Early goal
Raymond Domenech's France side had not conceded a home goal in the tournament prior to this match, while Portugal had not failed to score so something had to give. And after Cissé had shot narrowly wide on four minutes, France's defensive record was soon undone. After 20 minutes, Cristiano Ronaldo collected a pass from Ricardo Quaresma, turned towards goal and beat goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau with a low shot.

Kicking out
On 42 minutes, Cissé drew France level, scoring with a low shot into the far corner after a one-two with Bernard Mendy. However, the Auxerre man promptly earned himself a red card in the dying seconds of the half by kicking out at right-back Mário Sérgio off the ball.

Bruno Alves header
With Raúl Meireles impressing in midfield for Portugal, France struggled to impose themselves in the second period and Portugal levelled the tie in the 75th minute, as defender Bruno Alves outjumped Aliou Diarra at the near post to head past Penneteau, following a Quaresma corner.

Seals victory
Extra time came and Cristiano Ronaldo went closest to settling the match with a shot against the post. Portugal would not be denied, however, and after Philippe Mexès and Patrice Evra had failed from the penalty spot, Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to seal their victory.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.52CET

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Lineups

France

France

Portugal

Portugal

1
PenneteauNicolas Penneteau (GK)
1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
2
MendyBernard Mendy
2
Mário SérgioMário Sérgio
3
GivetGaël Givet
3
João PauloJoão Paulo
Substitution50
4
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
Yellow Card66
4
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
Goal75
5
DelpierreMatthieu Delpierre
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa (C)
Yellow Card71
6
A. DiarraAlou Diarra
Yellow Card10
6
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
7
MathisLionel Mathis
Substitution88
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
8
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou (C)
8
TiagoTiago
Substitution90
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Goal41
Red Card44
9
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
10
EvraPatrice Evra
Yellow Card65
10
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Yellow Card22
Substitution46
11
BamogoHabib Bamogo
Substitution55
11
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal29

Substitutes

16
ItandjeCharles Itandje (GK)
12
Bruno ValeBruno Vale (GK)
12
Sinama PongolleFlorent Sinama Pongolle
Substitution55
15
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution90
19
DrouinStephen Drouin
Substitution88
17
LourençoLourenço
Substitution46
13
MonsoreauSylvain Monsoreau
18
MakukulaAriza Makukula
Substitution50
14
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
13
CadúCadú
15
Le TallecAnthony Le Tallec
14
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
17
LaurentiFabien Laurenti
16
DannyDanny

Coach

Raymond Domenech (FRA) José Pratas Romão (POR)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution