Euro 2012 play-offs

Patricio: We'll go for win in Bosnia

November 7, 2011

Portugal will play to win rather than contain when they meet Bosnia-Herzegovina in the first leg of their Euro 2012 play-off on Friday night, according to goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

With the tie opener being played in Zenica, the visitors could be forgiven for adopting a cagey approach but Sporting Lisbon stopper Patricio believes attack will be the best form of defence.

He told the Portuguese Football Federation's official website: "We know the conditions of the stadium and Bosnia are stronger than two years ago (when they met at the same stage in World Cup qualifying).

"But we are not thinking about going there to draw. We are just thinking about going to Bosnia to win.''

The visitors are favourites to secure a place in Poland and Ukraine next summer but Patricio, 23, is not concerned at the weight of expectation.

He added: "We're football players and there is always pressure from the fans, but we must be prepared. We have to be used to this kind of difficulty.

Portugal will be without Atletico Madrid full-back Silvio and Zenit St Petersburg playmaker Danny through injury for Friday's clash and the return in Lisbon four days later.

Coach Paulo Bento named Malaga defender Eliseu and PAOK Salonika midfielder Vieirinha as replacements.

Portugal squad to face Bosnia-Herzegovina

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting), Eduardo (Benfica), Beto (Cluj)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Zenit St Petersburg), Eliseu (Malaga), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid), Sereno (Cologne), Joao Pereira (Sporting), Pepe (Real Madrid), Rolando (Porto)

Midfielders: Carlos Martins (Granada), Joao Moutinho (Porto), Miguel Veloso (Genoa), Raul Meireles (Chelsea), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), Ruben Micael (Zaragoza)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Helder Postiga (Zaragoza), Nani (Manchester United), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Nuno Gomes (Sporting Braga), Vieirinha (PAOK Salonika).