Azerbaijan-Portugal and Portugal-IsraelLuis Figo takes charge of the Portuguese men’s team for the first time today, and we’ve put together a report on how Portugal have been doing lately in the World Cup Qualifiers.
Currently, 6 matches have been played in Group 6, and Portugal are first at the moment, followed closely by Russia and Northern Ireland. This round, Figo’s men will be playing Azerbaijan, who are almost out of this group, and they’ll need a miracle to qualify.
The line-ups for today have been announced by Luis Figo and Berti Vogts:
Portugal: Rui Patricio – João Pereira, Rolando, Pepe, Fabio Coentrão – Miguel Veloso, João Moutinho, Manual Fernandes – Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Quaresma
Azerbaijan: Agayev - Panahov, Sadiqov, Drozdov – Cafarov, Maier, Quluzada, Eddy, Gokdemir – Marcos Ferreira, Dadashov
GOAL!! 47th minute: Portugal have got their much-deserved lead through a goal by João Moutinho!
GOAL!! 67th minute: Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the 2-0, and the experiment with Ronaldo at striker seems to work!
GOAL!! 88th minute: The substitute Almeida has scored the 3-0, and Portugal look on fire here!
Full-Time Stats: Portugal have dominated this match, with 24 shots, and 9 on target. While Azerbaijan have only had 2 shots, and none on target. Also, Portugal had more possession (52%). And Azerbaijan have made 10 fouls more than Portugal. Star player was João Moutinho, who scored a goal himself and assisted a teammate at another goal.
The line-ups for today have been announced by Luis Figo and Eli Gutman:
Portugal: Rui Patricio – João Pereira, Rolando, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrão – Miguel Veloso, João Moutinho, Manual Fernandes – Nani, Hugo Almeida, Quaresma (Ronaldo got injured during AZE-POR)
Israel: Aouate – Ohayon, Ben-Haim, Mori, Toama – Kayal, Nathko – Benayoun, Melikson, Refaelov - Hemed
GOAL!! 2nd minute: Hemed puts Israel in front after 2 minutes!
GOAL!! 47th minute: After a quick first-half goal, Almeida equalises with a quick second-half goal!
Full-Time Stats: A very disappointing match for Figo, where Portugal dominated again, but didn’t score. Portugal had 13 shots, 6 on target. Israel had 9 shots, 3 on target. Star man was Quaresma, who gave an assist when Almeida scored.
Portugal will have to win the last two matches (Luxemburg and Northern Ireland) to pile the pressure on current numbers 1, Russia.