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EC Qualification

  • June 4, 2011
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz), Lisboa
  • Referee: C. Çakιr
  • • Attendance: 47829

Euro 2012 qualifying preview: Portugal - Norway

Euro 2012 qualifying preview: Portugal - Norway

Paulo Bento's side can pull level with leaders Norway in Group H on Saturday night by exerting revenge for their previous defeat in Oslo

Portugal (4-3-3)

Rui Patricio; Pereira, Carvalho, Rolando, Coentrao; Martins, Moutinho, Meireles; Ronaldo, Almeida, Nani

Real Madrid winger and captain Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the fold after missing his country's previous two matches against Finland and Chile with injury. Meanwhile, Malaga midfielder Duda reclaims his spot in the squad after an 11-month absence from the Seleccao, and trio Ruben Micael, Silvestre Varela and Andre Santos prepare to participate in their first competitive games for the Portuguese national team.

Norway (4-1-4-1)

Knudsen; Ruud, Hangeland, Waehler, J.A. Riise; Hauger; Huseklepp, Tetteh, Grindheim, Pedersen; Carew

No surprises are made in the squad chosen by coach Egil Olsen, as he is set to name a default line-up for this encounter in Lisbon. However, one new face is 18-year-old midfielder Markus Henriksen, who Olsen predicts will have a big future in the game.


Norway won the first Euro 2012 qualifier between these sides by one goal to nil in September 2010, thanks to a Erik Huseklepp winner on 21 minutes via an Eduardo mistake.

• That was Portugal's only defeat so far in this qualifying campaign, whilst Norway remain unbeaten in its four games at the summit and lead the Portuguese by three points.

Portugal boast an impressive record over nine games with its Norwegian counterparts, with six wins, two draws and one loss, and are unbeaten at home.

• The biggest result from their previous meetings came on 12 June 1966, in a 4-0 victory to Portugal, which was also coincidentally their first matchup.

Portugal did the double over Norway in the preliminary round of the 1968 European Championship, beating them 2-1 on both occasions, with Seleccao striking legend Eusebio scoring twice in the first match.

• Paulo Bento's side repeated this feat during the 1980 European Championship qualification process, winning 1-0 in Oslo and 3-1 in Lisbon.

Norway's two draws with Portugal came both times in friendlies. They drew 1-1 in 1993 and 0-0 in 1994, whilst their last friendly meeting was in September 2003; a 1-0 win for Portugal.

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