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Bosnia v Portugal

Simao promises Portugal will attack

November 18, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Experienced winger Simao Sabrosa insists Portugal will be looking to win the second leg of their World Cup play-off with Bosnia and will not sit on their 1-0 advantage from the home leg.

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The Seleccao's Bruno Alves scored the only goal of the first leg in Lisbon, heading home at the far post from Nani's cross to give Carlos Queiroz's side the advantage.

Simao said: "Tomorrow we will not defend the goal, we will impose our game. We know the difficulties we had in the last game. We tried to control the game after scoring a goal and have more possession, which was not always possible.

"It [the match] is the most important because in the last 10 years we have always been in major competitions. A World Cup without Portugal is not the same."

But the Atletico Madrid star does have some concerns ahead of the crucial qualifier and is worried about the state of the playing surface in Zenica.

"The pitch is not in the condition we would like," Simao said. "We expected it to be better. We're not used to playing on these pitches, but we have to get used to it. The advantage is ours, because we have a one-goal lead."

Meanwhile, Bosnia coach Miroslav Blazevic is confident his team side can overturn their one-goal deficit.

"We deserved more from the match in Lisbon," he said. "I've never seen luck desert a team like it did to us, but we can still turn this around. The second leg will be a completely different game of football and we will apply a new strategy to surprise Portugal."