The shot-stopper could do little prevent Ronaldo’s equaliser, but was on hand several times to stop his side falling behind in the first half. Could not do the same in the second 45, but was equally impressive when laid under siege by the opposition.
A lively display from the captain, who was more than prepared to drive at the opposition and try and put the Portugal defence on the back foot. The same praise cannot be afforded to his defensive duties though
Allowed Postiga an acre of space to put Portugal ahead, with his attempts to stop the striker’s shot limited to a firm shove in the back as he pulled the trigger.
The left-back struggled with the aerial threat of both Ronaldo and Postiga, allowing the latter to get a strong header on target which was only thwarted by an acrobatic save from his goalkeeper.
Poor defensive display. The 24-year-old was equally responsible for allowing Postiga the freedom of the box to draw level, and would have been exposed further had it not been for the efforts of his goalkeeper.
The midfielder laboured on the ball just yards outside of his own box when surrounded by opposition players in the build-up to Ronaldo’s equaliser, capping a generally ineffective display.
Failed to create and will be disappointed not to have been further involved in the game.
Just couldn’t keep pace in the middle of the park with his Portuguese counterparts, and was part of a midfield set-up that failed to successfully retain the ball at all in the second half.
Unable to compete with the likes of Moutinho in the middle of the pitch, but was willing to try his luck from distance, even if he proved unsuccessful. Never gave up, however, and was prepared to harass the opposition.
D. Alves Da Mota
Gave his side the lead in the opening quarter of an hour with a scorching finish from outside the box. The forward did well to turn inside Veloso before launching the ball beyond Patricio and into the net.
Aimed to get forward and cause problems to the Portuguese backline when possible, even if his efforts were to little avail.
Couldn’t be held accountable for not keeping out Da Mota’s superb strike, and had very little to do for the rest of the night.
Allowed Da Mota far too much time and space to cut inside and shoot for Luxembourg’s opener, and stood out throughout the evening as a player who struggled with his defensive duties.
A star performer at Euro 2012, he again proved influential from left-back. He was rarely troubled defensively, instead causing his counterpart a number of problems when attacking.
A quiet evening for the Real Madrid centre-back, who was solid when called upon and often forayed forward to start attacks.
Similar to his defensive counterpart, Alves was rarely called upon to make a tackle in anger, and dealt coolly and calmly with any threat that came his way – apart from his customary foul late into the game which drew an unnecessary yellow card.
Kept his side ticking over throughout, from simple, neat passes to thread play through the middle of the park, to the delightful floated ball that found Postiga to give Portugal a 2-1 lead.
Meireles was presented with a good opportunity to find the back of the net midway through the first half, yet opted to delay his shot when haste was needed. Otherwise a steady display from the Fenerbahce new boy, who was replaced after an hour.
Was lucky not be carded early on for a poor tackle, and after a slow opening 45 minutes in which he offered little impetus in attack or defence, he was replaced by Valera.
A quiet evening for the Manchester United winger. Nani rarely kicked on and attacked the full-back, and failed to truly put his stamp on the game before being replaced after 80 minutes.
His early efforts were limited to set-pieces from distance, yet Luxembourg’s early goal seemed to shock the Real Madrid man into life, who equalised before hitting the woodwork twice in the first half. Quieter after the break, yet his club woes certainly did not dampen his showings in a national shirt.
Threatened when afforded the opportunity, including a well-directed header that drew a superb save from the opposition goalkeeper before putting his side a goal to the good early in the second half.
Given a run out in place of Nani after 80 minutes and helped his side secure victory.
Replaced Raul Meireles with 25 minutes to play, and wasn't majorly involved as Portugal saw out the game, but didn't put a foot wrong.
Came on in the second half in place of Veloso, and was certainly more effective, consistently proving an option down the right-hand side.