• FT

    Finland

    2

    Azerbaijan

    1

  • FT

    Wales

    2

    Rep of Ire

    2

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    Bulgaria

    1

    Romania

    0

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    Latvia

    4

    Liechtenstei

    1

  • FT

    Andorra

    0

    Estonia

    2

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    Moldova

    3

    Hungary

    0

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    Scotland

    1

    Italy

    2

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    Israel

    2

    Russia

    1

  • FT

    Lithuania

    2

    Ukraine

    0

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    Norway

    1

    Turkey

    2

  • FT

    Albania

    2

    Belarus

    4

  • FT

    Germany

    4

    Cyprus

    0

  • FT

    Macedonia

    2

    Croatia

    0

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    Czech Rep

    3

    Slovakia

    1

  • FT

    Greece

    5

    Malta

    0

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    Netherlands

    1

    Luxembourg

    0

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    Poland

    2

    Belgium

    0

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    2

    Denmark

    1

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    Portugal

    1

    Armenia

    0

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    Spain

    3

    Sweden

    0

  • PPD

    Serbia

    P

    Kazakhstan

    P

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa

Referee: M Riley | Attendance: 23000

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Portugal

  • Hugo Almeida 42'

1 - 0

FT

Portugal 1-0 Armenia: Big Phil needs a point

LISBON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Portugal striker Hugo Almeida's goal just before halftime secured a 1-0 victory over stubborn Armenia in Group A, leaving them needing a point from their final game to qualify for Euro 2008.

Almeida headed the only goal after 42 minutes from a

pinpoint cross by defender Jose Bosingwa.

They should have taken the lead as early as the third minute

but Simao Sabrosa hit the post.

Armenia, well organised and disciplined, threw everything

behind the ball to frustrate Portugal's forwards.

The visitors had few scoring chances, the best coming on the

half hour when Bosingwa cleared a shot from Samvel Melkonyan

behind for a corner.

Portugal host Finland at home in Porto next Wednesday

knowing a draw will take them through to the finals.

Finland and Serbia, whose game against Kazakhstan was

postponed because of snow on Saturday and has been rescheduled

for Sunday, still have a chance of qualifying behind group

leaders Poland if Portugal slip up on Wednesday.

'Fortunately, we managed to grab the win. We knew it would

be difficult because it was so important but we got the result

we wanted,' assistant coach Flavio Murtosa told reporters.

Murtosa was in charge while coach Felipe Scolari completed a

three-match ban for an assault on Serbia player Ivica

Dragutinovic in September.

Portugal winger Nani said the match was no walkover.

'It was a difficult game but now we hope our fans will

continue to support the team and fill the Porto stadium for the

next match.'

'The Armenians played well, especially defensively and moved

the ball around. It was hard for us to gain some space but we

managed to make the goal,' he said.

Scoring Summary

  • Portugal
  • Armenia
Hugo Almeida (42')
 

Match Stats

  • Portugal
  • Armenia
12(5) Shots (on goal) 5(0)
14 Fouls 14
7 Corner kicks 2
0 Offsides 0
59% Time of Possession 41%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 7

Teams

  • Portugal
  • Armenia
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Caneira (64')
Bosingwa (78')