Portugal 1 - 1 Northern Ireland

Match info: World Cup - Group F at Estadio do Dragao

Date: 16/10/2012 KO: 20:45 Ref: Thorsten Kinhoefer Att: 48,711

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Helder Postiga 79


N Ireland

Niall McGinn 30

FT (ht: 0-1)

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  • A fantastic, and unlikely, point for a very happy Michael O'Neill and his players, who put in a Herculean performance to spoil Cristiano Ronaldo's party on his 100th cap. Thanks for tuning in and getting involved over the last couple of hours - hope you enjoyed the match as much as I did! See you again soon.

  • And it's all over! What a superb point for Northern Ireland against the team ranked third in the world.

  • Carroll dives over the ball in a comical manner to win a goal kick for Northern Ireland. Surely that's it now?

  • Portugal give away a needless free-kick on the halfway line as the Green and White army find their voice to cheer their heroes home. Much-needed opportunity to waste a few vital seconds.

  • Everyone bar Rui Patricio is camped in the Irish half now. But the visitors thump the ball back into Portuguese territory to quell some of the pressure.

  • Another heart in mouth moment for Northern Ireland as a low cross fizzes across the face of goal. Appears Jonny Evans got a vital touch to stop an almost certain goal.

  • Five minutes of injury time shown by the fourth official. Can Northern Ireland hold on for a famous point?

  • Superb shepherding by Hughes who carefully watches Ronaldo perform a flurry of stepovers and does enough to put him off as his low cross only finds Carroll's hands.

  • Another Portuguese goes begging with time running out as Nani blazes over the crossbar.

  • Norwood concedes a corner, which Ireland clear as far as Silvestre Varela and the home substitute flashes a fierce shot into the side-netting. Hearts in mouths moment there for the visitors.

  • Ronaldo surges into the left channel of Northern Ireland's box and cuts back with plenty of team-mates in the penalty area. But it is pulled back too far and the away team escape.

  • Attack is the best form of defence for Northern Ireland at the moment as Norwood and Corry Evans try to pass their way through a sea of red shirts in the Portuguese half before losing possession.

  • Aaron Hughes is adjudged by the referee to be taking far too long over a throw-in and goes into his notepad.

  • Home substitute Silvestre Varela flies into space down the right flank and looks up to see Ronaldo lurking menancingly in the away box. But his cross is far too heavy and sails out for a goal kick.

  • Still Northern Ireland refuse to give in as McGinn battles bravely to win the ball back on the Portuguese byline. Can they dig deep and stun their hosts for a second time?

  • Booking for Portuguese defender Pepe.

  • The pressure has finally paid off for the Portuguese. But it came in rather fortunate style as a low cross from the left was miskicked by Nani and the ball fell kindly to Postiga, who swivelled to score from close range.

  • GOAL! Portugal 1 Northern Ireland 1

  • Still Portugal probe, but only have possession around the centre circle as they struggle to break down the determined visitors.

  • Half a chance for the away team as Rui Patricio careers out of his area to meet a long ball out wide. Niall McGinn beats him there, but is unable to loft the ball over him from a tight angle.


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