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    Macedonia

    1

    Scotland

    0

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    Wales

    1

    Azerbaijan

    0

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    Poland

    1

    Slovenia

    1

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    Slovakia

    2

    N Ireland

    1

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    Armenia

    0

    Turkey

    2

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    Georgia

    1

    Rep of Ire

    2

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    Moldova

    1

    Latvia

    2

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    Albania

    0

    Sweden

    0

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    Norway

    2

    Iceland

    2

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    Ukraine

    1

    Belarus

    0

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    Hungary

    0

    Denmark

    0

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    Israel

    2

    Switzerland

    2

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    Andorra

    0

    England

    2

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    Malta

    0

    Portugal

    4

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    Montenegro

    2

    Bulgaria

    2

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    Romania

    0

    Lithuania

    3

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    Croatia

    3

    Kazakhstan

    0

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    Luxembourg

    0

    Greece

    3

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    Serbia

    2

    Faroe Island

    0

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    Austria

    3

    France

    1

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    Belgium

    3

    Estonia

    2

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    Italy

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    Germany

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    Spain

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    Bosnia-Herz

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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - UEFA

Ta'Qali National Stadium

Referee: Ramond Bolm | Attendance: 11000

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0 - 4

FT

Portugal

  • Brian Said 24' OG
  • Hugo Almeida 61'
  • Simão 71'
  • Nani 78'

Malta 0-4 Portugal: Classy Queiroz impresses

TA'QALI, Malta, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Portugal got their World

Cup qualifying campaign off to a classy start on Saturday with a

4-0 victory in Malta.

Second-half strikes from Hugo Almeida, Simao Sabrosa and

Nani rubber-stamped a first competitive win for coach Carlos

Queiroz after Malta defender Brian Said had scored an own goal

to give Portugal a 1-0 halftime lead.

Portugal saw more of the ball in a first half that was

interrupted for around 10 minutes due to a power failure at

Malta's National Stadium.

Despite their possession, Portugal created only a handful of

scoring chances. Their opener came on 25 minutes when Jose

Bosingwa, cutting inside from the right, delivered a low cross

and Said deflected the ball into his own net as he tried to

clear.

Nani came closest to doubling Portugal's lead before

halftime but his lob from inside the penalty box drew a fine

save from Malta goalkeeper Justin Haber.

Portugal made the points safe 16 minutes into the second

half when Almeida doubled their lead with a fierce shot from

outside the box.

Quieroz's men cruised through the second half, hitting two

more goals to knock the fight out of the tiring Maltese team.

Simao Sabrosa made it 3-0 with a close-range shot on 71 minutes

after Haber had parried a dangerous shot from Nani who, seven

minutes later, fired home Portugal's fourth goal.

Portugal host Denmark in their second Group One qualifier on

Wednesday while Malta are away to Albania. The other teams in

Group One are Sweden and Hungary.

Scoring Summary

  • Malta
  • Portugal
 
(og 24') Brian Said
(61') Hugo Almeida
(71') Simão
(78') Nani

Match Stats

  • Malta
  • Portugal
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Teams

  • Malta
  • Portugal
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