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EC Qualification

  • November 15, 2011
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz), Lisboa
  • Referee: W. Stark
  • • Attendance: 47728

Portugal win Aggregate 6 - 2

Live Commentary

  • The game is over! Portugal trashes Bosnia & Herzegovina 6-2 to seal their place in Euro 2012. Misimovic and Spahic found the net for the visitors, but the Navigators answered with doubles from Postiga and Ronaldo, a wonder goal by Nani, and a strike by Miguel Veloso.
  • 88'
    Dzeko fouls Pereira in frustration near the touch-line. Two minutes to be played, and injury time is unlikely to be given, considering the result so far.
  • 86'
    Ruben Micael nearly made it 7-2 moments ago, but his finish past Begovic narrowly missed to the right. Great movement by the Real Zaragoza man to create the chance.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionHélder Postiga Carlos Martins
  • 84'
    Quaresma comes on for Nani and Carlos Martins replaces Helder Postiga. Both players had a great outing tonight.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionNani Quaresma
  • 82'
    Goal Hélder Postiga
  • 82'
    GOAL! 6-2! Cristiano Ronaldo released Coentrao on the left, the defender whipped in a cross, which Helder Postiga dully headed in the top-right corner to make it 6-2!
  • 80'
    Goal Miguel Veloso
  • 80'
    GOAL! MIGUEL VELOSO! The midfielder took the free-kick ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, driving the ball in the upper right corner!
  • 79'
    Yellow Card Sasa Papac
  • 79'
    Sasa Papac is shown the yellow card for a deliberate handball outside the box. A great opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo to net a hat-trick.
  • 77'
    Yellow Card Rubén Micael
  • 76'
    An optimistic cross by Pereira completely misses Helder Postiga and flies out for a goal-kick.
  • 74'
    Portgual are back in the saddle and are attacking once again. Meanwhile Bosnia & Herzegovina only have Dzeko upfront spearheading the attack.
  • 72'
    Goal Hélder Postiga
  • 72'
    GOAL PORTUGAL! HELDER POSTIGA! The striker was picked out by substitute Micael just outside the box, and sent a powerful finish in the lower left corner, leaving Begovic with no chance.
  • 70'
    Portugal attacking down the right flank through Pereira and Nani, but the duo lose the ball.
  • 69'
    Dzeko is booked for taunting the Portuguese fans. He is sure as hell not winning admirers at Estadio da Luz.
  • 68'
    Yellow Card Edin Dzeko
  • 67'
    Well, Portugal certainly did not expect conceding after restoring its two-goal lead, but will have to pull together and keep its head
  • 65'
    SubstitutionMiralem Pjanic Muhamed Besic
  • 65'
    Goal Emir Spahic
  • 65'
    GOAL! SPAHIC SCORES! Bosnia & Herzegovina are back with a shout! A Maletic pass found the unmarked Spahic, who was admittedly in an offside position, and nipped the ball past Rui Patricio.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionRaúl Meireles Rubén Micael
  • 62'
    COENTRAO! The Real Madrid man sent a crafty header at goal after a cross by Nani, but Begovic reacted well to deny the flank-man.
  • 60'
    Oh, what a mistake by the referee! Ronaldo was picked out near the penalty spot, but was a little ahead of the ball, lifted it with his right foot, and it hit Jahic' hand, but a penalty is not given!
  • 58'
    Estadio da Luz is in full voice now, cheering on their team as Paulo Bento's men continue to charge forward.
  • 56'
    SubstitutionElver Rahimic Darko Maletic
  • 55'
    Maletic replaces Rahimic, who has also been walking a fine line with the referee tonight.
  • 54'
    Yellow/Red Senad Lulic
  • 54'
    Yellow Card Senad Lulic
  • 54'
    LULIC IS SENT OFF! The midfielder is shown a straight red for arguing with the referee and leaves his team with 10 men!
  • 53'
    Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 53'
    GOAL! CRISTIANO RONALDO SCORES! The striker was released by Moutinho behind Bosnia & Herzegovina's defence, blew past Spahic, rounded Begovic and slotted home to make it 3-1.
  • 52'
    Rahimic once again with a foul as he charges for the ball, fouling Moutinho in the process.
  • 51'
    Yellow Card Haris Medunjanin
  • 51'
    Medunjanin is booked for a reckless challenge on Meireles. Had the ex-Valladolid man done that at higher pace, he might have hurt the ex-Liverpool man.
  • 50'
    A poor clearance by Bruno Alves nearly gifts the ball to Bosnia & Herzegovina, but Pepe makes a decisive intervention and clears the danger.
  • 46'
    Back underway for the second half!
  • Halftime! Portugal appeared to be cruising to Euro 2012, but Bosnia's PK late in the first half means it is one goal away from going through
  • 44'
    Rahimic received a yellow card for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo. It was a bad tackle from behind and the booking was thoroughly deserved.
  • 43'
    Yellow Card Elver Rahimic
  • 43'
    Portugal fans are clearly upset with the referee's decision and are letting out their frustration. The home team could have a right to feel unhappy here.
  • 41'
    Penalty Goal Zvjezdan Misimovic
  • 41'
    Misimovic converts the penalty and it's game on!
  • 40'
    Yellow Card Fabio Coentrao
  • 40'
    PENALTY! Coentrao concedes a penalty for a handball in the box after a duel in the air with Lulic. Dubious decision as the Real Madrid man seems to have been fouled.
  • 39'
    MISIMOVIC! The ex-Wolfsburg playmaker makes a dazzling run on the right, going past three players before sending a shot, which was blocked by Rui Patricio.
  • 38'
    MOUTINHO! Meireles released the midfielder with a delightful ball in the box, the Porto man round the goalkeeper, but instead of shooting, whipped in a cross, which was cleared by Bosnia & Herzegovina's defense.
  • 36'
    Yellow Card Hélder Postiga
  • 36'
    Dreadful mistake by Medujnanin, who gifts the ball to Cristiano Ronaldo with a poor pass, allowing the Real Madrid man to release Helder Postiga. The striker is seemingly brought down in the box by Zahirovic, but instead of a penalty, is given a yellow card!
  • 34'
    BOSNIA NEARLY CLAWS ONE BACK! A pass by Medunjanin found Dzeko in the center of the box, who powered a header, which bounced off the ground and hit the upper right corner of the frame! Rui Patricio managed to compose himself and claim the ball.
  • 32'
    Yet another corner-kick for Portugal after Coentrao won the set-piece off Zahirovic ... Meireles behind the ball .... BRUNO ALVES! The Zenit St Peterburg man charged in the box to power a header, but his finish flew narrowly over!
  • 30'
    Misimovic dispossesses Meireles at the expense of a foul. Bosnia & Herzegovina looking very nervous already.
  • 28'
    Portugal attacking once again, and win a corner on the left. An exchange of passes between Moutinho and Nani sees the Porto man cross for Postiga in the box, but his delivery is cleared from inside the box by Spahic.
  • 26'
    We have seen stranger things in football, but considering Bosnia & Herzegovina's performance so far in this match, the ties seems to be as good as over.
  • 24'
    Goal Nani
  • 24'
    GOAL! WONDER GOAL BY NANI! The Manchester United attacker unleashed a fierce shot from 30-yards out, leaving Begovic helpless as the ball whistled in the top right corner!
  • 23'
    RONALDO! Another bombing free-kick by the Real Madrid man from 25 yards out, but the Begovic stands strong and deflects the shot wide for a corner on the left.
  • 22'
    Yellow Card Emir Spahic
  • 21'
    Dzeko demands a corner after he tried to win a set-piece off Coentrao near the line, but the referee is having none of it. Moments later Lulic brings down Pepe with a tackle that can be best compared to the one, that earned the Real Madrid man a dismissal against Barcelona in the Champions League earlier this year.
  • 19'
    A painful collision between Miralem Pjanic and Coentrao on the sidelines forces the Real Madrid mad to leave the pitch to receive treatment.
  • 17'
    Ronaldo breaks free on the left flank, and tries to find space to shoot in the box, but Spahic & co act fast to thwart his advances, forcing him to shoot from an very tight angle. The finish is blocked for a corner on the left, which leads to nothing.
  • 15'
    Helder Postiga tries to do too much by himself as he attempts to win retain possession going past two players, but in the end conceded a free-kick on the flank.
  • 13'
    Safet Susic is looking worried on the sidelines, and with a good reason, too. His side has not made a single attack so far, but they still need only a goal to seal a place in Euro 2012.
  • 11'
    Meireles is brought down to the floor after a dangerous tackle by Dzeko from behind. The ex-Liverpool man is receiving treatment on the sidelines.
  • 8'
    Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 8'
    GOAL! CRISTIANO RONALDO GIVES PORTUGAL THE LEAD! A thunderous free-kick by the Real Madrid man from 35 yards out flies past the wall and into the bottom left corner.
  • 6'
    How did that not go in?! Cristiano Ronaldo released Coentrao on the left wing with a superb backheel pass, the ex-Benfica man advanced and whipped in a cross in the box. Ronaldo collected and had a pop at goal, and his shot was well saved by Begovic, but spilled, allowing Meireles to nip just wide from seven yards out.
  • 5'
    Dzeko tries to release Medunjanin on the left wing, but Pereira is first to the ball.
  • 3'
    Postiga is lamenting his luck after he just could not reach the ball after Ronaldo managed to nip it ahead of Spahic just outside the box. A foul is given by the referee as the Real Madrid man is deemed to have committed a foul.
  • 1'
    We are underway!
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Begovic; Zahirovic, Jahic, Spahic, Papac; Rahimic, Medunjanin; Misimovic; Pjanic, Dzeko, Lulic.
  • Portugal: Rui Patricio; Pereira, Alves, Pepe, Coentrao; Veloso; Meireles, Moutinho; Ronaldo, Postiga, Nani.
  • Welcome to's LIVE commentary of this second leg Euro 2012 playoff between Portugal and Bosnia. The match will get underway in about 15 minutes!