World Cup Qualification UEFA • Group A
  • 2nd Half
  • Luxembourg
  • Portugal
  • NevesOliveira
    89'
  • SinaniMuratovic
    87'
  • Martins PereiraSkenderovic
    87'
  • Chanot
    87'
  • Sanches
    83'
  • Palhinha
    80'
  • Dias
    70'
  • Diogo JotaSilva
    68'
  • SilvaPalhinha
    68'
  • PintoMartins
    65'
  • ThillDeville
    58'
  • ThillThill
    58'
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    51'
  • 1st Half
  • Luxembourg
  • Portugal
  • Diogo Jota
    45'
  • FélixNeto
    41'
  • Diogo Jota
    39'
  • Rodrigues
    30'
  • Chanot
    20'
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Luxembourg - Portugal

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Full-time: It's all over and Portugal have survived a scare, coming from behind to win 3-1, a result that means Fernando Santos' side top Group A after three games.

90'

Three minutes will be added on.

89'

Portugal sub: Neves makes way for Sergio Oliveira in the visitors' fourth change of the night.

88'

Double Luxembourg sub: Murarovic and Skenderovic come on for Sinani and Martins.

87'

Red card! Chanot is given his marching orders after blocking off the run of Sanches. It's a second booking and off he goes. Luxembourg down to 10.

86' 

It's not as bad as first feared as Neto returns to the action and looks fine to continue.

84'

There's a concern over Neto here, who appears to have hurt his knee.

81'

GOAL! Luxembourg 1-3 Portugal (Joao Palhinha): Job done for Portugal! Neto whips a corner to the near post and Palhinha grabs his side's third with a superb downward header.

78'

How has Ronaldo not scored?! The Juve forward cannot quite believe his luck as Martins' blind pass sees him through one-on-one with the goalkeeper. But he's repelled not one but twice by Moris. And when Ronaldo finally does have the ball in the back of the net a moment later, he's flagged offside.

75' 

There are still 15 minutes remaining, but as it stands, Portugal will remain second, level on points with Serbia on seven.

71'

A scare for Portugal! Lopes is almost caught out from Thill's free-kick delivery. He seems to misjudge the flight of the ball and has to backpedal to tip the ball over the bar.

70'

Yellow card! Luxembourg string a lovely free-flowing move down the left flank. Dias isn't having any of it and commits the foul, earning himself a booking.

68'

Double Portugal sub: Rafa Silva and Joao Palhinha come on for Jota and Bernardo.

66'

Luxembourg sub: A third change from the hosts see Martins take the place of Pinto.

65' 

Luxembourg may have got caught a second wind as they come forward to win a corner. Rodrigues' deflected effort goes behind for yet another corner, which the hosts work short. Ultimately, though, it's a fruitless exercise.

61' 

There are one or two signs now that Luxembourg are beginning to tire.

59'

Jota hits the bar! The Liverpool forward runs to the near post and connect with Sanches' corner delivery, but his looped effort bounces off the crossbar before Moris smothers the loose ball.

58'

Double Luxembourg sub: Sebastien Thill replaces his brother, Olivier, while the other Thill sibling, Vincent, comes off for Deville.

54'

Luxembourg chance! The hosts aren't out of this contest just yet, though, as Rodrigues sprints down the left and carves inside, shooting just wide of the near post.

52'

Save on Mendes! On just his third cap, the full-back drives forward and almost puts Portugal out of sight after a nice pass from Sanches but he sees his low shot pushed away by Moris.

50'

GOAL! Luxembourg 1-2 Portugal (Cristiano Ronaldo): Portugal lead and who else but Cristiano Ronaldo gets it! He's perfectly positioned to tap home with the side of the boot from Cancelo's cross. That's his 103rd goal of his international career.

49'

Ronaldo is clearly offside as he heads straight at the goalkeeper. He's still searching for his first goal in this qualifying campaign.

47' 

The visitors start on the front foot. Sanches twists and turns before finally getting a shot away. It takes a deflection and Portugal win the corner.

46'

Kick-off! Portugal get us underway in the second-half!

HT

And there's goes the half-time whistle. It's Luxembourg 1-1 Portugal and although the visitors have been far from their best you would expect them to go on and win this contest now.

45'+1

GOAL! Luxembourg 1-1 Portugal (Diogo Jota): Portugal make their pressure pay! Jota scores his third goal in four days with a cushioned header from Neto's pin-point cross to level the scores just before half-time.

45'

Chance for Ronaldo! The veteran gets in behind his marker to meet a cross unmarked. You'd put your mortgage on him scoring but he connects with shoulder rather than head and the ball balloons over the bar!

43'

Terrific save to deny Sanches! The Lille midfielder finds a yard of space to unload a shot from the edge of the penalty area, but Moris is there with a fingertip save to push it over the bar!

41'

Portugal sub: Joao Felix has picked up a knock and is replaced by Pedro Neto. Another blow for the visitors.

40' 

Maybe too much has been made of the Republic of Ireland's defeat to Luxembourg? They're alright, aren't they?

39'

Yellow card! Portugal's frustration beginning to creep in as Jota goes into the book for a late challenge.

38' 

Portugal have lost just three of their last 33 games. Will Luxembourg make that four in 34?!

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37' 

Cancelo wins a corner for Portugal as the visitors begin to up the ante.

36'

Save on Bernardo! The Man City forward finds space on the edge of the penalty area to fire a shot at goal. But Moris is down quickly to make a smart save.

34' 

Luxembourg haven't any notion of sitting back and protecting this lead, as here they come again, Sinani lifting a teasing ball into the box for Rodrigues for contest. It bounces away from him and Portugal scramble their lines clear.

32' 

Wow. Portugal, the European champions, are trailing Luxembourg. They still have an hour to save this, but the hosts are full of self belief. And now they have something to hold onto.

30'

GOAL! Luxembourg 1-0 Portugal (Gerson Rodrigues): Rodrigues has done it again! After scoring the winner against the Republic of Ireland, the Dynamo Kiev midfielder opens the scoring against Portugal! It's a lovely cross delivered by Sinani and he gets the slightest touch to divert his stooped header past Lopes! Is there a massive upset on the cards here?!

29'

Portugal chance! It's their best move of the game. Cancelo skips away from a challenge as he drives forward on the left. His cutback is behind Ronaldo but falls for Sanches, who fails to generate much power on the shot and it's a comfortable save for Moris.

25'

Save on Ronaldo! It's a tight angle for the 36-year-old but he's never going to pass up this opportunity to shoot. His whipped effort is on target but Moris in the Luxembourg goal palms it to safety.

24' 

Portugal free-kick! The visitors have a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, left of centre, after Joao Felix won the foul.

22' 

Having had more possession, Luxembourg have looked more threatening so far. It's been a fairly lacklustre start from Portugal and the visitors have yet to register a shot at goal.

21'

Ronaldo runs onto a ball over the top but is flagged offside.

20'

Yellow card! Chanot, an experienced defender who plays for New York City, goes into the book for Luxembourg.

19' 

Ronaldo tries to cut in from the left flank and is immediately closed down by three red shirts. After losing possession, he picks himself up and shakes his head in frustration.

18' 

The Juventus forward is back on the pitch and his first job is to help Portugal defend a set-piece. The free-kick is fizzed in uncontested and drops kindly for the goalkeeper Lopes.

17' 

Ronaldo needs to leave the pitch for a moment to have treatment for a bleeding nose.

15' 

Important defending! A menacing attack is built down the left flank from Luxembourg, and there are plenty of numbers forward to contest a dangerous low cross drilled into the Portugal penalty area. It drops to Sinani whose shot is charged down by Fonte.

14' 

Bernardo cuts in off the right flank and delivers an inviting deep cross, searching for Ronaldo, but he doesn't quite get the accuracy and drifts behind for a goal-kick.

12' 

You can tell there's a renewed sense of belief in the Luxembourg ranks after Sunday's triumph.

11' 

Portugal's defenders have been busier than they may have liked in the early exchanges, and Fonte is required to step in to break up a Luxembourg attack.

9' 

Sanches looks a threat for Portugal tonight, and he does well to win a foul after drawing the foul from Sinani in midfield. The visitors work a short free-kick and move the ball backwards.

8' 

The referee plays advantage as Portugal build an attack down the left flank. Sanches picks out the run of Jota, who is searching for Ronaldo with a low cross to the near post, but it's too close to the goalkeeper.

5' 

The hosts are having much more of possession than they would have expected in the opening five minutes. The Thill brothers have been involved, linking up nicely in midfield.

2' 

Luxembourg will be on a real high following their 1-0 victory over Ireland in Dublin on Sunday, and they've started on the front foot here.

1'

Kick-off! Luxembourg, in their red strip, get us underway.

19:40 

The warm-ups are complete and now there are just FIVE minutes until kick-off here in Luxembourg. National anthems are next and then the action will begin!

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19:35 

Ronaldo is just seven goals shy of the all-time international scoring record, and having netted a total of five times against Luxembourg in the past, the 36-year-old will be confident of inching closer to Iran's Ali Daei's 109 strikes tonight.

19:25 
19:20 

Portugal have fond memories at the Stade Josy Barthel, having recorded a 2-0 victory here in the qualifier for Euro 2020 back in November 2019. Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo were on the scoresheet that evening.

19:10

Did you know? This will be the 18th meeting between Portugal and Luxembourg. Of the previous 17 encounters, Portugal have won 15, losing just once.

19:05 

Luxembourg's Gerson Rodrigues scored the match winner against the Republic of Ireland in a 1-0 victory last time out and obviously keeps his place in the side. Experienced defender Lars Gerson comes into the starting XI on what is set to be a busy night for the hosts' back line.

19:00 

In terms of team news, let's start with the visitors. Bruno Fernandes is suspended after picking up his second booking of the qualifiers against Serbia, so Ruben Neves comes into the fold. Lille midfielder Renato Sanches features from the off and Joao Felix is given an opportunity to impress. Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, starts and will be eager to get on the scoresheet having had a goal wrongly chalked off in the 2-2 draw with Serbia last time out.

18:55

TEAM NEWS - Luxembourg XI: Moris, Jans, Chanot, Gerson, Pinto, Martins Pereira, O Thill, Barreiro Martins, V Thill, Rodrigues, Sinani /// Portugal XI: Lopes, Cancelo, Fonte, Dias, Mendes, Neves, Sanches, Silva, Joao Félix, Ronaldo, Jota.

18:45 

Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the World Cup qualifier Group A clash between Luxembourg and Portugal. Kick-off is just an hour away now, let me just grab the team news!