Portugal Fall in Extra Time

Portugal 2-3 Brazil

Portugal fell in extra time after a 111th minute strike from Oscar gave Brazil the advantage. Portugal were not favorites coming into this game, mainly due to their apparent lack of attacking prowess. Previous to the game, Portugal had only scored five goals in the entire competition. Attacking didn’t turn out to be the problem, however. Brazil ripped open Portugal’s defense on numerous occasions. The game started off on a sour note for the Seleccao when a deflected Oscar free kick wriggled its way into the back of the Portuguese net. Portugal responded quickly however, when Nelson Oliveira burst into the box and squared the ball into the onrushing Alex, who made no mistake with his finish. Portugal took the lead soon after. Nelson Oliveira blew past the Brazil defense, and finished from a tight angle to make the score 2-1 Portugal. The lead lasted for a little under 20 minutes, however. Oscar scored again to level the game at 2-2 and send the game into extra time. Oscar scored again and completed his hat-trick in extra time to give Brazil the victory in a game they dominated.

Mika, Cedric(Julio Alves), Mario Rui, Roderick, Nuno Reis, Danilo Pereira, Sergio Oliveira, Sana(Ricardo Dias), Pele, Alex(Caetano), Nelson Oliveira


Portugal Fall to Norway

Portugal succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Norway as Silvio made his debut for the Seleccao. It is not a stretch to say that the Seleccao’s performance was even more uninspired than their previous game against Cyprus. An embarrassing blunder from Eduardo gave the hosts the deserved win. Portugal’s only good chances fell to Manuel Fernandes and Raul Meireles. The latter was clear through on goal, but shot well over and wide. Overall, it was a very discouraging performance from the Seleccao, reminiscent of Portugal’s friendly against Estonia last year. With the Portuguese coaching job in chaos, and Oliveira obviously not able to coachas well as required, the future looks grim for the Seleccao.

Eduardo, Silvio, Ricardo Carvalho, Bruno Alves, Miguel Veloso, Tiago(Danny), Manuel Fernandes, Raul Meireles, Nani, Hugo Almeida, Quaresma(Liedson)