12 October 2010

Iceland 1 - 3 Portugal Euro2012 qualification match October 12 2010

Iceland 1 - 3 Portugal  Videos Photos
17' Helguson -- 3' Cristiano Ronaldo
27' Raul Meireles
72' Helder Postiga

 UEFA Euro2012 qualification match October 12 2010

Força Portugal! Portugal coach Paulo Bento might repeat the starting eleven from the Portugal - Denmark. The doubt is the forwards. Helder Postiga might replace Hugo Almeida.

If Portugal loses and Denmark wins today then it's a failure for Portugal they lose their precious 2nd place. The best option for Portugal is to draw or lose today and for Denmark to lose. Iceland after all is last in Group H with 0 points.

Portugal never played against Iceland. Nonetheless Portugal has a positive record against national soccer teams from Northern Europe (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway)  with 10 victories, 4 defeats and 7 draws.

Iceland starting lineup -- Portugal starting lineup against Iceland:

21Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson (GK)
1Eduardo (GK)
2Ragnar Sigurdsson
3Birkir Saevarsson
4João Pereira
4Kristján Sigurdsson (C)
5Fábio Coentrão
5Indridi Sigurdsson
6Ricardo Carvalho
6Grétar Steinsson
7Cristiano Ronaldo (C)
8Ólafur Skúlason
8João Moutinho
9Eidur Gudjohnsen
16Raúl Meireles
11Heidar Helguson

16Helgi Daníelsson
18Hugo Almeida
20Theodor Bjarnason
20Carlos Martins

Iceland substitutes ---------------Portugal substitutes
1Árni Arason (GK)
12Beto (GK)
7Hermann Hreidarsson
2Bruno Alves
10Veigar Páll Gunnarsson
13Arnor Sveinn Adalsteinsson
11Paulo Machado
15Matthías Vilhjálmsson
13Silvestre Varela
17Jónas Sævarsson
19Tiago  77' Carlos Martins
19Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson
23Hélder Postiga  68' Hugo Almeida

At halftime, Denmark's final result is a victory Denmark 2-0 Cyprus. Portugal now can only keep its second place in Euro 2012 Group H table with a draw or victory against Iceland. So far at halftime, Portugal is winning Iceland 1 - 2 Portugal.

I was surprised to see Bruno Alves on the bench he has scored goals in the qualification rounds. Hugo Almeida as a forward can't manage to score. Paulo bento substitutes him for Sporting forward Helder Postiga. Sure enough not even 10 minutes on the pitch scores on his second goal opportunity.

Yes! Portugal wins and it stays 2nd in the Group H Euro 2012 table!!

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