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WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - UEFA

Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa

Referee: Alan Kelly | Attendance: 29350

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Portugal

  • Nani 13'
  • Simão 45'
  • Miguel Veloso 52'
  • Arnaldo Edinho 90'

4 - 0

FT

Portugal 4-0 Malta: Queiroz books play-off place

Portugal booked themselves a place in the European play-offs for next year's

World Cup after an easy Group One victory over Malta.

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Considering Malta had taken just one point from nine previous matches in the

qualifying campaign, it was the expected outcome, and now Portugal must look to

maintain their momentum going into next month's double-header against another

group runner-up.

The Portuguese have recovered well after a dismal first half of their bid to

reach South Africa, and will surely now fancy their chances of reaching the

finals, given they will be among the seeded teams in next Monday's draw.

Goals from Nani, Simao Sabrosa, Miguel Veloso and Edinho made it a comfortable

evening for Carlos Queiroz's side in Guimaraes. Manchester United midfielder Nani calmed any Portuguese nerves by scoring after

13 minutes.

Veloso played the ball in from the left and Nani, just outside the 18-yard box,

was quick to get his left-footed shot away, finding the bottom right corner.

Portugal were dominant and a second goal looked set to follow quickly, however

it did not arrive until a minute before half-time when key man Simao, fresh from

his starring role in the weekend win against Hungary, rammed home another shot

from outside the penalty area.

Malta's only threat came in the 63rd minute, however Jamie Pace made a mess of

his shot which almost hit the corner flag.

Portugal's third goal was a crisp finish from Veloso, as the left-back finished

like a striker from around 12 yards after Liedson could not convert Nani's

pass.

Coach Queiroz responded to the home crowd's cheers for Guimaraes midfielder

Nuno Assis by bringing him off the bench for the final half-hour, in place of

Raul Meireles.

Portugal did not need to push for further goals, knowing a victory was enough

to secure second place in the group ahead of Sweden. However they still managed to find a fourth, as Edinho scored following a pass from Simao.

"I'm very satisfied as winning this match means going forward in this marathon, in a group that in the end was one of the tightest in the fight for the top two places," Queiroz said. "I think it's fair to say that it will probably be the unseeded teams that are right now more worried."

Scoring Summary

  • Portugal
  • Malta
Nani (13')
Simão (45')
Miguel Veloso (52')
Arnaldo Edinho (90')
 

Match Stats

  • Portugal
  • Malta
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Teams

  • Portugal
  • Malta
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Bosingwa (78')
Pepe (84')