Rhein Energie Stadion, Cologne, Germany

Referee: Jorge Larrionda | Attendance: 45000

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Game 8


  • Pedro Miguel Pauleta 4'
  • 91'

    FULL-TIME: Portugal dominated the possession but showed little ambition to build on their early goal. Angola will take great heart from a solid performance.

  • 90'

    GREAT EFFORT! Maniche slams a superb shot from distance goalwards, and Ricardo does well to scramble back and palm over the crossbar for a Portugal corner.

  • 89'

    Andre is brought down inside the centre-circle, but Angola can't profit from the free-kick.

  • 88'

    OOH! Mateus manages to flick a mis-hit shot goalwards, but Ricardo is well-placed to save comfortably.

  • 87'

    Pauleta twists his way past one tackle, but Loco makes an important challenge as the Portugal striker looked to cut in to the penalty area.

  • 86'

    Angola have lost their two previous matches against Portugal 6-0 and 5-1, so this narrow defeat will mark a big improvement for them.

  • 85'

    Angola are trying to finish the game with a bit of a flourish, but they appear to have left it all too late.

  • 84'

    OVER! Figo drifts a great free-kick in to the near post; Simao leaps well, but he can only direct his header over the crossbar.

  • 83'

    PORTUGAL SUB: Viana replaces Tiago; Viana comes on to inject the midfield with a little more energy in the final stages.

  • 82'

    Angola are at least now having some of the ball inside their opponents half, but Portugal remain comfortable at the back.

  • 81'

    ANGOLA SUB: Miloy replaces Figueiredo; a last throw of the dice of the dice from Angola.

  • 80'

    Mantorras is caught from behind by Valente; the referee seems to take great delight in weilding a yellow card to the Everton defender.

  • 79'

    Simao softly goes to ground as he chases a through-ball in to the area; the referee rightly tells him to get up.

  • 78'

    The vast majority of this second half has been played in the Angolan half; the west Africans don't appear able to shift up a gear in these final minutes.

  • 77'

    ...He curls the ball in to the penalty area right-footed, but Loco cuts it out at the back post.

  • 76'

    Simao is brought down by Edson on the right-corner of the Angolan penalty area. Figo takes control of the set-piece...

  • 75'

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  • 75'

    There are a few whistles and jeers around the ground as Portugal listlessly knock the ball about their back four, without any discernable amition or purpose.

  • 74'

    Miguel has pushed up a lot in this second half; he is almost playing as a right winger at the moment, since Angola don't appear to have much of a threat down their left-hand side.

  • 73'

    The tempo of the game has slowed considerably since the first half, although Angola are trying their best to lift it and put some concerted pressure on Portugal.

  • 72'

    PORTUGAL SUB: Maniche replaces Petit; Scolari opts to give his midfield a little boost with the introduction of Manich, who spent the second-half of last season on loan at Chelsea.

  • 71'

    CRUCIAL CHALLENGE! Carvalho prods the ball off the foot of Mantorras as the big striker looks to unleash a shot from the edge of the area.

  • 70'

    ANGOLA SUB: Edson comes on to replace Kalanga, who hasn't had any sort of impace in the second half.

  • 69'

    WOEFUL! A loose ball drops to Loco on the edge of the area, but he is reckless with his shot and slices his right-foot effort high and wide.

  • 68'

    Portugal remain patient in their build-up as Angola drop a little deeper and soak up the pressure in front of them.

  • 67'

    Mantorras powers through the middle but is halted by a good challenge from Carvalho, who has been solid in everything he has done this evening.

  • 66'

    Miguel sprints past his marker down the right, but Kali comes across to clear the ball out for a throw; good cover from the centre-back.

  • 65'

    Angola look to be a very strong, fit side and they are very quick to get men behind the ball once Portugal gain possession.

  • 64'

    There does seem to be a little frustration from the Portugese fans in the crowd, but their side appear content to show patience in their bid for a second goal.

  • 63'

    Angola are trying to play on the break, but they need to get more support up to their lone striker; he looks very isolated at the moment.

  • 62'

    Ronaldo looks very unhappy as he sits on the Portugal bench following his substitution; he obviously disagrees with Scolari's change.

  • 61'

    WELL-STRUCK, EASY SAVE! The ball is worked across the pitch towards Tiago, but his well-struck shot from the edge of the area is held by Ricardo.

  • 60'

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  • 60'

    A long pass over the top almost reaches Loco, who has made a good run down the right, but the ball skips off the turf and out for a goal-kick.

  • 59'

    PORTUGAL SUB: Costinha replaces Ronaldo; Ronaldo has been good, but only in fits and starts and is replaced by the more conservative Costinha.

  • 58'

    ANGOLA SUB: Akwa off, Mantorras on; Mantorras plays for Benfica in Portugal, although he has had an injury-hit season.

  • 57'

    JUST WIDE! Pauleta spins on the edge of the area before firing in a low shot, but he drags his right-foot effort wide of the post.

  • 56'

    Figo belts a corner to the back post, but Loco heads away from Simao for another corner.

  • 55'

    It has been a slow start to the second half; Portugal appear to be content to play a patient game and wait for an opening, while their back-four has been completely untroubled since the break.

  • 54'

    Kalanga breaks down the right wing, but Figo shows a great defensive appetite to track back and put in a decent challenge.

  • 53'

    A neat series of passes from Portugal looks to build a promising move, but Tiago loses possession on the edge of the area.

  • 52'

    Andre is booked for persistent fouling; he becomes the third Angolan player to be shown the yellow card after rattling Figo and Simao in quick succession.

  • 51'

    ...Ronaldo again goes for goal from the tight angle, but Ricardo punches high in to the air and wins a free-kick when he tries to gather at the second attempt.

  • 50'

    Andrew is penalised for a push in the back on Tiago; free-kick, on the left-edge of the penalty area...

  • 49'

    Angola appear to be pressing Portugal higher up the pitch than they did in the first half, attempting to force a mistake or win possession in better areas.

  • 48'

    AMBITIOUS! Kalanga fires in a shot from 40 yards, but his effort drifts high over the crossbar without troubling Ricardo.

  • 48'

    A superb turn in midfield from Ronaldo sets Miguel free down the right, but his pass in towards Simao is intercepted.

  • 47'

    EASY SAVE! Tiago's effort from inside the penalty area is well held by Ricardo in the Angola goal.

  • 46'

    Angola kick off the second half.

  • 45'

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  • 45'

    The players are back out for the start of the second half.

  • 46'

    HALF-TIME: Portugal will be happy with their lead, but Angola have shown enough in the first half to ensure that Portugal will have to concentrate fully in the second.

  • 45'

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  • 45'

    Loco is very harshly booked for a challenge with Figo, who just catches an accidental kick on the ankle.

  • 44'

    SAVE! Figo and Miguel combine well down the right; the full-back pulls a pass back to Ronaldo on the edge of the area, but Ricardo pushes away his fierce shot.

  • 43'

    Andre's shot should serve as a little reminder to Portugal, that they will want a second goal to make this game secure in the second half.

  • 42'

    GREAT EFFORT! Andre pounds a low shot goalwards, but Ricardo makes a super, one-handed save and pushes the shot around the post for a corner.

  • 41'

    Loco and his Angolan team-mates have looked a lot better in defence as the half-time whistle has approached; they are more organised now, and Portugal are having more trouble breaking them down.

  • 39'

    Jamba makes a crucial header at the back post, with Pauleta waiting to pounce behind him.

  • 38'

    Angola have certainly looked stronger as the half has progressed, but they are yet to force Ricardo in to a save; Akwa looks a little isolated up front.

  • 37'

    Simao and Valente combine well down the left side, but Kalanga has tracked back and cuts out the danger with a committed challenge.

  • 36'

    Ronaldo knocks the ball past Delgado and draws the foul; Ronaldo's petulant reaction suggests he is getting a little frustrated with the attentions of the giant Angolan full-back.

  • 35'

    OFF THE BAR! Figo's corner is met by Ronaldo inside the penalty area, but the ball thumps against the crossbar and out to safety.

  • 34'

    Ronaldo is having a good tussle with Delgado down this near side of the pitch; this time the full-back manaes to put the ball out for a corner at full stretch.

  • 33'

    There is a lot of bitter political history between these two countries, but the game has been played in a good spirit thus far. Witness the power of Football - is there nothing this wonderful game cannot do.

  • 32'

    Figo drifts past Figueiredo, feeds Simao, but the cross to the back post ends up bouncing off the tanned, taut thighs of young Ronaldo and dribbling wide.

  • 31'

    Delgado snaps at Ronaldo in the challenge, kicking the heels of the young winger before the referee finally blows for the foul.

  • 30'

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  • 30'

    Figueiredo does brilliantly to find Akwa with a pass, despite him falling under a challenge from Valente.

  • 29'

    NO, NO, NO! Ronaldo opts to shoot rather than cross for a team-mate from the set-piece; he creams his effort high over the crossbar. Self-indulgent, and woefully poor.

  • 28'

    Valente slips a ball in to the run of Ronaldo, who draws a crude challenge from Jamba; the Angolan defender is booked for the offence.

  • 27'

    Simao is barged over by Delgado, the Angolan left-back who looks as strong as an oxen.

  • 26'

    Ronaldo is booked for a studs-up challenge on Andre in midfield; perhaps a little harsh, but the referees have been told to be firm on such things.

  • 25'

    ACROBATIC! Akwa's spectacular bicycle-kick flies over the crossbar after a good cross from Ze Kalanga from the right.

  • 24'

    DECENT EFFORT! Mateus fires a shot a couple of yards over the crossbar from the edge of the area, Angola's first real shot of the game.

  • 23'

    Having gone behind early and started very shakily, the West African nation have certainly pulled themselves together now, although they are yet to really threaten.

  • 22'

    NICE MOVE! Simao and Tiago exchange passes on the edge of the area, before the winger fires a shot over the crossbar.

  • 21'

    Carvalho plays a nice pass down the channel for Nuno Valente, but his cut-back is intercepted before it can reach Pauleta.

  • 20'

    There are plenty Portugal fans in the crowd, and they are certainly making themselves heard on this mild, dry night in Cologne.

  • 19'

    Figo swings in a free-kick from near the corner flag, but Delgado climbs highest in the penalty area to head clear.

  • 18'

    Portugal are certainly enjoying the best of the possession, but Angola are competing more in midfield.

  • 16'

    Ronaldo is going through his full range of tricks, although this time he tries something in his own half and loses possession.

  • 15'

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  • 15'

    The Angolan goalkeeper requires some treatment on a kick to the stomach he took during that incident with Pauleta a moment or two ago; after some sterling work from the Angolan physio, he is back on his feet.

  • 14'

    GOOD EFFORT! Ricardo comes out of his area to try and deal with the threat of a long ball up field; Pauleta gets to the ball a second before the goalkeeper, but hooks his shot wide of the far post.

  • 13'

    Ronaldo and Figo are beginning to run the game in the final third for Portugal; they are certainly enjoying the freedom that their coach has given them in this system.

  • 12'

    Angola at least look as though they have settled a little now; they don't look as nervous as they did at the kick-off.

  • 11'

    Ronaldo tries a trick as he brings his right left behind his left to chip the ball in to the middle, althoughKali heads clear.

  • 10'

    Figueiredo tries to feed a pass in to Akwa, but the big striker doesn't read the run and Ricardo allows the ball to run behind.

  • 9'

    A number of the Angolan players play their football in the Portugese leagues, although not at the top level.

  • 8'

    Figueiredo wins his side the first corner of the match, although Ricardo claims the centre well under pressure from Akwa.

  • 7'

    Ronaldo beats a couple of challenges as he runs at Jamba, although the Manchester United star just leaves the ball behind as he approached the edge of the penalty area.

  • 6'

    Angola really haven't settled yet; Portugal are running past them in midfield with real ease. They need to get themselves together, or else they could be on the end of a real pasting.

  • 5'

    It really was poor defending from Jamba; he allowed Figo to ghost past him far too easily, despite the Portugal star's ageing legs.

  • 4'

    GOAL! Pauleta turns home from close range after Figo had burst in to the penalty area and rolled a pass back to him.

  • 4'

    Angola face a massive task here against their former colonial masters; Portugal are heavy favourites to win this game, and quite comfortably too.

  • 3'

    Portgual are missing one of their key midfielders, Deco, who picked up a knock in training a couple of days ago; they still look a fairly formidable side, however.

  • 2'

    Figo sends a cross in to the near post, but Ricardo claims comfortably.

  • 2'

    Portugal appear to be lining up with a 4-5-1 formation, with Ronaldo and Simao helping out Pauleta up front.

  • 1'

    OOH! SO CLOSE! Pauleta scuffs a shot across the face of goal and narrowly wide of the far post. That was nearly one of the fastest goals in World Cup history!

  • 1'



    The players are out on the field, the National Anthems have been sung, and we're ready for the off.


    Hi, welcome to our coverage of the second Group D match of the day, Portugal v Angola from Cologne. I'm Alex, and I'm going to be your commentator; let's have fun together.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Angola

  • 10(2)

  • -

  • 27

  • 42%


  • Portugal

  • 22(9)

  • -

  • 19


POS No Name


1 Ricardo


5 Fernando Meira


13 Miguel


14 Nuno Valente


16 Ricardo Carvalho


7 Luis Figo


8 Petit
18 Maniche


19 Tiago
10 Hugo Viana


9 Pedro Miguel Pauleta


11 Simão


17 Cristiano Ronaldo
6 Costinha
POS No Name
G 12 Quim
G 22 Jorge Paulo Santos
D 2 Paulo Ferreira
D 3 Caneira
D 4 Ricardo Costa
M 6 Costinha
M 10 Hugo Viana
M 18 Maniche
M 20 Deco
F 15 Luis Boa Morte
F 21 Nuno Gomes
F 23 Hélder Postiga

Match Stats

  • Angola
  • Portugal
10(2) Shots (on goal) 22(9)
27 Fouls 19
2 Corner kicks 5
1 Offsides 0
42% Time of Possession 58%
3 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
8 Saves 4

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