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October 15, 2013 10:30 PM IST
Estádio EFAPEL — Coimbra
Referee:‬ B. Yildirim‎
Attendance:‬ 18955‎
 
 
36′ Nani
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Portugal 3-0 Luxembourg

Goal rates the players on show as Paulo Bento's side coast to victory but have to settle for a place in the play-offs

By Tom Maston

  • Rui Patricio
    0
    2
    2.50

    Rui Patricio

    Rarely tested as the visitors failed to break down the Portugal defence on their rare forays forward. Looked shaky at times when efforts were on target.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    4
    1
    3.50

    Fabio Coentrao

    Almost played as a left winger as he continually popped up in attacking positions. Hit the crossbar and had a goal ruled out before a needless booking led to him being substituted.

  • Neto
    0
    1
    3.00

    Neto

    Always in the right place to make crucial challenges and clear rare attacks. Solid if unspectacular as Luxembourg rarely threatened.

  • Ricardo Costa
    0
    1
    3.00

    Ricardo Costa

    Injury saw his night curtailed early in the second half, but formed excellent partnership with Neto. Another to come under the banner of solidity.

  • André Almeida
    0
    2
    3.00

    André Almeida

    Got forward well in the first half before challenge that saw Joachim sent off seemed to inhibit him somewhat. Crosses always caused problems.

  • Joao Moutinho
    2
    1
    4.00

    Joao Moutinho

    Inch-perfect pass laid on opening goal before delightful flick freed Nani for the second. Not every pass was as good but looked back to his best after disappointing against Israel.

  • Josue
    0
    1
    3.00

    Josue

    Took on almost a free role ahead of Moutinho, though never really threatened the Luxembourg goal. Provided some excellent crosses though.

  • Miguel Veloso
    0
    0
    2.50

    Miguel Veloso

    Brilliant cross created opportunity that saw Coentrao hit the bar, but was quiet otherwise as fellow midfielders took control. Substituted with half an hour left.

  • Nani
    5
    1
    4.00

    Nani

    Incisive running was a constant threat and more than deserved his goal for excellent all-round display. Could have had a hat-trick as well as a couple of assists had luck gone his way.

  • Hélder Postiga
    3
    0
    3.50

    Hélder Postiga

    Worked tirelessly and got his reward with late goal to put the icing on the cake. Twice saw goals ruled out for offside as visiting defenders were kept constantly busy.

  • Silvestre Varela
    2
    1
    3.50

    Silvestre Varela

    Came to life after finishing coolly to break the deadlock, and for 15 minutes at the start of the second half was almost unplayable. Faded again though towards the end.

Substitutions

  • Antunes
    0
    1
    3.00

    Antunes

    Got forward well after replacing Coentrao late on and tested Joubert with low effort from distance.

  • Sereno
    0
    1
    3.00

    Sereno

    Crucial challenge took ball off Mutsch's toes and showed good pace to track back when visitors did get the ball in Portugal half.

  • Hugo Almeida
    0
    1
    1.50

    Hugo Almeida

    Missed not one but two gilt-edged chances, including hitting the crossbar from five yards with the goal gaping. Very disappointing.

  • Jonathan Joubert
    1
    0
    3.50

    Jonathan Joubert

    Luxembourg's standout performer as he made a string of excellent saves. Could do nothing about any of the goals and will take great heart from his display.

  • Chris Philipps
    0
    0
    2.00

    Chris Philipps

    Caught out of position regularly as he tried to track Nani. Booked in first half for tripping the winger as he struggled to contain him.

  • Mario Mutsch
    1
    0
    3.00

    Mario Mutsch

    After a quiet opening he showed what he could do once his side went down to 10 men. Looked the most likely to find the net for the visitors.

  • Ben Payal
    0
    0
    1.50

    Ben Payal

    A passenger throughout as the game almost passed him by without him making any impact. Substituted in the second half.

  • Gerson
    0
    0
    2.00

    Gerson

    Did his best to break the game up in the middle of the park but pace of passing meant he struggled at times. Booked in the second period.

  • Laurent Jans
    0
    0
    2.00

    Laurent Jans

    Did his best to keep Varela quiet and on the whole was fairly successful. Showed nothing going forward though and didn't stay with his man for first goal.

  • Mathias Jänisch
    0
    0
    1.50

    Mathias Jänisch

    Couldn't contain Nani or Almeida and when he got the ball he regularly gave it away. Will be disappointed with his display.

  • Stefano Bensi
    0
    0
    2.00

    Stefano Bensi

    Worked hard in the first half and showed some nice touches. Sacrificed at half-time with side down to 10 men.

  • Tom Laterza
    0
    0
    2.50

    Tom Laterza

    The best of the Luxembourg defenders though that is no major accolade. Made some good challenges and even got forward effectively.

  • Aurelien Joachim
    0
    0
    1.00

    Aurelien Joachim

    Showed some potential early on before horror tackle saw him given his marching orders before half-time. Left his side with an even bigger mountain to climb.

  • D. da Mota
    0
    0

    D. da Mota

    Gave the visitors some width on the left-hand side but didn't help out in defence enough for a wide midfielder. Booked and substituted late on.

Substitutions

  • Massimo Martino
    0
    0
    2.50

    Massimo Martino

    Had little time to make an impact after late substitution.

  • Rene Peters
    0
    0
    2.00

    Rene Peters

    Made little impact after second half substitutes appearance.

  • Antonio Luisi
    0
    0
    1.50

    Antonio Luisi

    Direct running threatened to cause problems but too often ran into trouble instead of looking for space.

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