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Key Events

M. Chanot
Yellow 2nd/RC
João Palhinha
Pedro Neto
1 - 3
Cristiano Ronaldo
João Cancelo
1 - 2
45' + 2'
Diogo Jota
Pedro Neto
1 - 1
G. Rodrigues
D. Sinani
1 - 0

Match Stats

43% 56%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 1 11
Total Passes 411 525
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Portugal POR Portugal 5 4 1 0 11 4 +7 13 W W W D W
2 Serbia SRB Serbia 5 3 2 0 12 7 +5 11 D W W D W
3 Luxembourg LUX Luxembourg 4 2 0 2 5 8 -3 6 L W L W
4 Republic of Ireland IRL Republic of Ireland 5 0 2 3 5 8 -3 2 D D L L L
5 Azerbaijan AZE Azerbaijan 5 0 1 4 3 9 -6 1 L D L L L


Final Tournament


Thanks for joining our commentary this evening. Until next time, goodbye.
Luxembourg don't return to action until September when World Cup qualifying resumes. Portugal play Spain in a friendly game in their next outing in preparation for the European Championships in June.
Portugal come from behind to secure their second win of their World Cup qualifying campaign, defeating Luxembourg 3-1 at the Stade Josy Barthel. Gerson Rodrigues put the home side ahead with a diving header, notching his second goal in as many games. Diogo Jota equalised before the break with a close-range header. The Selecao took control in the second half as Cristiano Ronaldo found the net, while Joao Palhinha scored his first international goal to deliver the victory.
90' + 3' Sanches has a late chance in the box, but he fails to get the ball out of his feet before being closed down.
90' + 2' Oliveira tries to weave his way through orange shirts on the edge of the Luxembourg box, but gets crowded out before he can shoot.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
Sérgio Oliveira
Rúben Neves
89' Neves makes way from the middle of the park for the visitors and is replaced by Oliveira.
E. Muratovic
D. Sinani
87' Sinani is withdrawn after a solid outing that included an assist. Muratovic replaces the forward.
A. Skenderovic
C. Martins
87' Skenderovic replaces Martins for the home side for the closing stages of the game.
86' OFF! Chanot receives his marching orders for blocking off the run of Sanches. He receives his second yellow card for the incident and the referee brandishes the red to the Luxembourg defender.
85' A concern for the visitors as Neto requires treatment on the field, although he looks okay to continue.
Renato Sanches
Yellow Card
83' Sanches goes into the book for a lunge on Sinani.
Pedro Neto
80' Neto whips a dangerous cross in from the left flank that Palhinha attacks and scores.
João Palhinha
80' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! PALHINHA HEADS HOME!!! 3-1 PORTUGAL!!!! The midfielder notches his first international goal to surely put the game to bed. Palhinha makes a good run to the near post to connect with a corner from the left flank from Neto. His effort travels away from Moris and into the top-right corner. A fine header from Palhinha to get off the mark for the Selecao.
79' MISS AND SAVE! Cancelo angles a cross to the back post from the right flank, but Ronaldo guides his header across the face of goal and away from the net. Neto gathers and tries to force a strike towards goal from a tight angle, only to be denied by Moris.
78' RONALDO MISSES A SITTER! Chanot plays a backpass straight to the forward and he only has to beat Moris. However, the keeper spreads himself to deny the Juventus man and then stops the rebound. Rafa joins the attack and picks out Ronaldo to convert, but the offside flag goes up against him. A rare misfire from the legendary striker.
77' Gerson gets in front of Ronaldo down the left flank to win a free-kick. Ronaldo has a goal this evening, but he has not had it all his own way.
74' Portugal are trying to find an element of control on the contest, but the home side keep pressing them in possession. It has been a spirited effort from Holtz's men.
72' WIDE! Barreiro breaks forward to the edge of the box and drills a left-footed strike towards goal. However, his effort lacks accuracy and goes wide of the target.
71' SAVE! Thill angles a deep cross to the back post that travels towards the top-left corner. Lopes has to backpedal to claw the ball over the bar. That was a close call for the Selecao.
Rúben Dias
Yellow Card
70' Dias wipes out Marvin Martins down the right flank and goes into the book. Luxembourg win a free-kick in a dangerous position.
João Palhinha
Bernardo Silva
68' Palhinha replaces Silva in the Portugal midfield.
Rafa Silva
Diogo Jota
68' Rafa comes on to replace Jota in the final third for Portugal.
66' Rodrigues turns in the final third and goes for a strike that is deflected behind by Fonte.
M. Martins
M. Pinto
66' Pinto makes way for the home side and is replaced by Marvin Martins.
64' Luxembourg are continuing to grind on the field. They've not given up hope of forcing of positive result.
62' Neves latches on to a loose clearance from Gerson and goes for a powerful drive at goal, only to send his effort well over the bar.
61' Jans latches on to an offload from Sinani down the right flank, but he can only steer a tame cross into the hands of Lopes at the near post.
59' OFF THE BAR! Jota is denied a second by the woodwork. He rises highest at the near post connect with Sanches' corner from the left flank. He loops an effort across goal that clips the bar and cannot be turned goalwards by his team-mates before Moris gathers.
S. Thill
O. Thill
58' Sebastian Thill replaces Olivier Thill in the Luxembourg midfield.
M. Deville
V. Thill
58' Deville replaces Thill for the home side.
58' Jota makes a driving run into the box, but is halted by a solid challenge by Chanot. Portugal still have a corner.
56' Sinani wins the ball in the Portugal half and clips a ball over the top, but Rodrigues is not on the same wavelength as his team-mate.
54' WIDE! Rodrigues makes a run down the left flank and runs unopposed into the inside channel. He lines up a strike on his right foot that he powers just wide of the left post.
52' SAVE! Mendes sees his blast turned past the post by Moris. Sanches releases the run of the full-back into the left inside channel. Mendes tries to hit the bottom-right corner, only to see his effort brilliantly saved by the Luxembourg keeper.
João Cancelo
50' Cancelo surges down the right flank and lifts a precise delivery into the box for Ronaldo to score.
Cristiano Ronaldo
50' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! RONALDO CONVERTS FROM CLOSE RANGE!!!! 2-1 PORTUGAL!!!!!! The Selecao take the lead as Ronaldo steers home from Cancelo's cross. The full-back raids down the right flank and angles a delivery towards the penalty spot. Ronaldo attacks the cross and is not offside on this occasion. He guides a right-footed effort past Moris into the bottom-right corner.
48' Ronaldo latches on to Cancelo's precise cross from the right flank, but he moves a fraction early and is caught offside. He heads his effort straight at Moris anyway.
47' WIDE! Sanches twists and turns to fire at goal from the edge of the box, but his effort is deflected wide of the right post by Barreiro.
46' We're back underway in this World Cup qualifying clash.
Luxembourg will feel disappointed to head into the break level after playing so well in the first half. It took time for Portugal to heat up in the final third, but they put pressure on the hosts, which eventually told as Jota was on the spot. Expect them to up the ante once more in the second half to push ahead.
It's all square in the World Cup qualifying clash between Luxembourg and Portugal at the break. The home side took a deserved lead through Gerson Rodrigues as he notched his second goal in as many games with a diving header. However, the Selecao upped the ante and levelled just before the whistle as Diogo Jota nodded home from close range from Pedro Neto's cross.
Pedro Neto
45' + 2' Neto uses a neat piece of skill down the left flank to create space for a right-footed cross that finds the head of Jota to notch the equaliser.
Diogo Jota
45' + 2' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! JOTA EQUALISES ON THE STROKE OF THE INTERVAL!!!! 1-1!!!!! The visitors are level as Jota heads home from close range. Neto twists one way then the other down the left flank before lifting a cross into the box. The Liverpool man rises unmarked in the six-yard area to plant a header into the top-left corner.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
45' RONALDO MISSES A GREAT CHANCE!!!! The forward latches on to a cross from the left flank from Mendes and connects with a header. However, he can only send his effort over the bar from six yards out.
44' Fonte climbs at the back post to connect with a corner from Cancelo, but he can only head a tame effort into the ground and straight at Moris.
43' WHAT A SAVE! Moris denies Sanches with a one-handed stop, turning his blast over the bar. Ronaldo works an offload back to his team-mate to line up a drive from 25 yards. Sanches connects well with his strike towards the middle of the net. Moris reacts to palm it over the bar with a firm hand.
42' Fonte tries to angle a ball over the top for Cancelo to chase down the right flank, but the full-back is caught offside.
Pedro Neto
João Félix
41' Neto replaces the ailing Joao Felix. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will be concerned by that development.
39' Joao Felix is struggling with an injury and has to be helped off the field. His involvement in the game could be at an end.
39' Ronaldo has been a spectator in the first half outside of a free-kick that was saved by Moris. Portugal have to work him into the contest.
Diogo Jota
Yellow Card
38' Jota brings down Barreiro with a loose challenge and goes into the book.
37' The resulting corner from Silva travels to Joao Felix in the left inside channel, but his blast is charged down by a wall of orange shirts.
37' Cancelo drives down the right flank and he wins a corner for the visitors. Portugal are beginning to up the ante in the final third.
36' SAVE! Moris keeps Luxembourg ahead with a fine stop. Silva is played into space on the edge of the box by Fonte and he lets fly with a low left-footed strike. It travels towards the bottom-left corner before the keeper palms it behind for a corner.
35' Holtz will be thrilled with his side's performance. They've taken the game to the visitors and have a deserved lead.
34' Sinani robs Mendes of possession on the right flank and he chips the ball towards the six-yard box. Rodrigues puts Fonte under pressure, but the ball just does not fall for the forward as the veteran defender does just enough to clear the danger.
33' Vincent Thill cuts in from the left flank and he angles a cross towards to the back post that just evades Sinani.
D. Sinani
30' Sinani does well down the right flank and he lifts a superb cross into the box for Rodrigues to convert.
G. Rodrigues
30' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! RODRIGUES SCORES AGAIN!!!! 1-0 LUXEMBOURG!!!! The hero of the win over Ireland notches another goal in this World Cup qualifying campaign. Sinani collects on the right flank and is afforded acres of room and time to place a left-footed cross into the middle. Rodrigues makes a good run between Fonte and Cancelo before directing a diving header away from Lopes into the bottom-left corner.
29' CHANCE! Sanches is denied by Moris. Cancelo starts the move with a neat piece of skill to skip past Gerson. He cuts a ball towards the edge of the box where Sanches strikes, but his low effort is well stopped by the Luxembourg keeper.
27' Rodrigues holds the ball well in the centre circle and draws the foul from Fonte. Luxembourg are frustrating the visitors.
26' Portugal have been passive in the early stages of the game and have allowed the home side to knock the ball around the pitch. Santos will be concerned about his side's intensity levels.
24' SAVE! Ronaldo goes for the blast from the left flank, but he smashes his attempt straight at Moris, who beats the ball away from danger.
23' Joao Felix makes a neat turn on the edge of the box on the left flank and he draws a foul from Martins. Ronaldo will be very interested in this set-piece.
22' Olivier Thill latches on to a loose pass from Fonte and surges forward to the edge of the box. He has support but misplaces his offload straight to Dias. That was a chance for the home side.
21' Ronaldo breaks in behind the Luxembourg defence to latch on to a long ball forward from Dias, but he is caught offside as he takes possession on the edge of the box.
M. Chanot
Yellow Card
20' Chanot goes into the book for his challenge on Joao Felix. It was a cynical one from the defender.
20' Joao Felix tries to get the better of Chanot down the left flank, but the defender blocks off his run and gives away a free-kick.
17' Sanches brings down Vincent Thrill on the right flank, but the Luxembourg midfielder sends his free-kick straight into the hands of Lopes.
15' BLOCK! PInto whips a low cross into the box from the left flank towards Sinani. He shoots first time in the box, only to see his effort blocked by Fonte.
14' Silva collects on the right flank and he arcs a dangerous cross towards the back post, which evades everyone in the box and travels behind for a goal-kick.
13' Jota is played into space down the left flank and he has space and time to deliver a cross that Chanot rises to clear at the near post.
12' Holtz will be thrilled with his side's start to the game. They've continued the momentum built in the win over Ireland.
10' Joao Felix makes a surge towards the Luxembourg defence, only to be halted by a fine challenge by Chanot.
9' Silva wins the ball on the edge of the Luxembourg box and he feeds Jota, but the forward cannot work his way through the home side's defence.
8' Ronaldo combines with Joao Felix down the left flank, but the full-back can only send his cross straight at Moris.
6' Moris launches a long ball forward from the back with the visitors playing a high line, but Sinani moves too soon and is caught offside.
4' Luxembourg have made a bright start to the contest and have put the visitors under pressure.
2' Rodrigues sends a pass down the left inside channel for Olivier Thill to chase, but the ball just evades the winger.
1' We're underway in this World Cup qualifying contest.
The players are out on the pitch so we should be underway shortly.
Portugal have made four changes to their line-up that drew against Serbia in their last outing. Cancelo reverts to right-back as Cedric drops out of the side for Mendes. Bruno Fernandes and Danilo Pereira miss out for Santos' men, while Oliveira drops to the bench. Sanches, Neves and Joao Felix get the nod to start tonight.
Luxembourg have made two changes to their side from their win over Ireland last time out. Pinto and Gerson come into the side in the backline as Mahmutovic and Martins drop to the bench. Sinani continues to lead the line in the final third supported by Rodrigues and Olivier Thill.
PORTUGAL SUBS: Jose Sa, Luis Neto, Domingos Duarte, Andre Silva, Joao Palhinha, Sergio Oliveira, Rafa, Pedro Neto, Cedric Soares, Rui Silva.
PORTUGAL (4-3-3): Anthony Lopes; Joao Cancelo, Jose Fonte, Ruben Dias, Nuno Mendes; Ruben Neves, Renato Sanches, Bernardo Silva; Joao Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota.
LUXEMBOURG SUBS: Enes Mahmutovic, Florian Bohnert, Timothe Rupil, Ralph Schon, Eldin Dzogovic, Maurice Deville, Aldin Skenderovic, Edvin Muratovic, Sebastien Thill, Marvin Martins, Lucas Fox.
LUXEMBOURG (4-1-4-1): Anthony Moris; Laurent Jans, Maxime Chanot, Lars Gerson, Michael Pinto; Christopher Martins Pereira; Olivier Thill, Leandro Barreiro Martins, Vincent Thill, Gerson Rodrigues; Daniel Sinani. 
Portugal were denied a win in their opening match of qualifying due to a controversial call. Cristiano Ronaldo believed that his late effort had crossed the line, only to be denied by the linesman. Fernando Santos' men spurned a 2-0 lead in the contest after Diogo Jota notched early strikes in Belgrade. However, Aleksandr Mitrovic and Filip Kostic found the net to guide the home side to a point, aided by the late call against Ronaldo. As a result, the Selecao have work to do tonight.
Luxembourg pulled off a massive upset last time out to defeat the Republic of Ireland in their opening match of qualifying. Luc Holtz's men held tough at the back at the Aviva Stadium to frustrate their opponents. They then snatched the three points in the closing stages courtesy of a late strike from Gerson Rodrigues. Despite their success, they face a mammoth challenge to avoid a loss tonight against Portugal. 
Good evening and welcome to the World Cup qualifying clash between Luxembourg and Portugal at the Stade Josy Barthel.