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  • November 11, 2011
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  • • Stadion Bilino Polje, Zenica
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Euro 2012 Playoff Preview: Bosnia and Herzegovina - Portugal

Goal.com previews the action as the two nations meet in a qualification playoff tie after Cristiano Ronaldo's side beat BiH to a place in the 2010 World Cup


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BOSNIA


Hasagic
Besic, Spahic, Mravac, Jahic
Rahimic, Medunjanin
Pjanic, Misimovic, Lulic
Dzeko

PORTUGAL


Rui Patricio
Joao Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Coentrao
Martins, Meireles, Moutinho
Nani,
Postiga, Ronaldo


Safet Susic is facing an injury crisis in defense as he will not be able to rely on no less than three starters in his first-choice back-line. Freiburg's Mensur Mujdza, who was forced off the pitch in the 1-1 draw against France after picking up a knock, has been ruled out for three months with a foot fracture and will not take part in the tie.

Key defenders Sasa Papac and Boris Pandza are suspended for the first leg after reaching their yellow card limits, leaving Susic with little choice at the back. APOEL's Sanel Jahic and Hamburg's Muhamed Besic have been called up to fill the void, while utility man Adnan Mravac is expected to deputise at center back. Hoffenheim midfielder Sejad Salihovic has been included in the squad after a lengthy injury absence, but is unlikely to feature from the start.

Real Madrid duo Fabio Coentrao and Pepe, and Besiktas striker Hugo Almeida return for Portugal after sitting out the 2-1 loss to Denmark. Zenit attacker Danny and Atletico Madrid full-back Silvio have pulled out of the squad with injuries, making room for Malaga's Eliseu and PAOK's Vieirinha, who receives his first callup to the national team.

It is not yet clear whether Pepe will fill in at center back or defensive midfield, but following Rolando's horror shows against Iceland and Denmark, Paulo Bento is likely to insert the Madrid man in the back line at the expense of the Porto defender.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina has a score to settle with Portugal after the Iberians edged the Balkan nation to a place in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa on the back of 2-0 aggregate win in the qualification play-offs.
  • The Golden Lilies' biggest victories ever have both been achieved away from home - a 4-1 win in Tallinn against Estonia and a 5-2 trashing of Malta in Ta'Qali.
  • The venue for the game on Friday, Bilino Polje in Zenica, is considered to be the BiH national football team's lucky charm. The country went unbeaten at the stadium for a decade from 1996 to 2006.
  • Portugal has never won the European Championship, but appeared in the final of Euro 2004 on home soil, losing 1-0 to Greece.
  • Nani is set to make his 50th appearance for Portugal on Friday.
  • Portugal has qualified regularly for the European Championship in recent times, taking part in each of the last four editions.

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Available Squads
12Rui PatricioGoalkeeper
2Bruno AlvesDefender
21João PereiraDefender
3PepeDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
4Miguel VelosoMidfielder
8Joao MoutinhoMidfielder
16Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
17NaniStriker
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
23Hélder PostigaStriker
22BetoGoalkeeper
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-Ruben AmorimMidfielder
15Rubén MicaelMidfielder
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-Carlos Martins
9Hugo AlmeidaStriker

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