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  • November 15, 2011
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz), Lisboa
  • Referee: W. Stark
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Portugal win Aggregate 6 - 2

Euro 2012 Playoff Preview: Portugal - Bosnia and Herzegovina

Goal.com previews the action as Paulo Bento and his charges face the plucky Balkan nation, aiming to seal qualification for the European tournament next summer


PROBABLE LINEUPS
 PORTUGAL

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

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

Begovic
Zahirovic, Spahic, Pandza, Papac
Rahimic, Medunjanin
Pjanic, Misimovic, Lulic
Dzeko

Pepe will once again start at center half at the expense of Porto defender Rolando, who will act as back-up to Bruno Alves and the Real Madrid star.

Miguel Veloso is set to retain his place in the triple pivot after his impressive showing in the first leg. Helder Postiga's starting spot is in some doubt following his dire performance last week, but is still expected to be picked ahead of Hugo Almeida.

Safet Susic will not be able to rely on first-choice right-back Mensur Mujdza, who was forced off the pitch in the 1-1 draw against France after picking up a knock, and will be out for the next three months.

Key defenders Sasa Papac and Boris Pandza return from suspension and are expected to start on Tuesday. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is expected to retain his place in the first XI after his impressive performance in the first leg.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina is yet to qualify for a major tournament.

  • Bosnia & Herzegovina was eliminated by the Iberians in the playoffs for a place in World Cup 2010.
  • Portugal has never won the European Championship, but appeared in the final of Euro 2004 on home soil, losing 1-0 to Greece.
  • Pauleta is the Navigators' all-time highest scorer with 47 goals in 88 matches.
  • Portugal has played only once against Bosnia & Herzegovina at home, winning 1-0 courtesy of a goal by Bruno Alves.

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Available Squads
12Rui PatricioGoalkeeper
2Bruno AlvesDefender
3PepeDefender
5Fabio CoentraoDefender
21João PereiraDefender
4Miguel VelosoMidfielder
8Joao MoutinhoMidfielder
16Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
17NaniStriker
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
23Hélder PostigaStriker
1EduardoGoalkeeper
-Rolando
-Ruben AmorimMidfielder
15Rubén MicaelMidfielder
-Quaresma
-Carlos Martins
9Hugo AlmeidaStriker

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