Portugal came face to face with Serbia for the Group I qualifier of Euro 2016 in Belgrade. Portugal had already secured their spot in the summer showpiece event in France, but the disappointing part of the Portugal vs Serbia match for the fans of Portugal was that Ronaldo would be sitting this one out. Due to the filthy weather, it was not exactly a full stadium. But neither could dampen the spirits of the match, especially because of the people who were present.
Within a minute of the match, the first chance of the day came in the way of the hosts. An awesome corner from Ljajic caught out the defence of the Portuguese side, and dropped into an area that D. Tosic had been occupying. But the defender could not make contact. It was thus a quick start for Serbia, as they regained the ball immediately from the goal kick. Portugal was quick to regain power, as Quaresma stood over a free kick in a wide area, but Toomovic cleared his low cross. Serbia broke straight down the other end, and in the 5th min, Portugal took the lead, as Nani scored the first gal of the match, firing home from close range after Stojkovic had initially denied Danny, whose pace took him past the back-line of Serbia. And, due to poor defence of the home team, the ball fell in the hands of Nani, who led to the change in the score board.
Serbia continued to commit players forward as Kolarov found space down the left during the Portugal vs Serbia match. However, his low cross is cleared by Fonte. But, no real opportunities were seen since the first goal. Serbia continued to pass and probe in the final third, with Zoran Tosic saw plenty of the ball. However, no real quality of game was seen. In the 19th min, they had a free kick in a rather dangerous area, as Veloso brought Matic to the ground. Ljajic delivered near the post, but the danger was cleared by a strong header from Fonte.
Serbia maintained possession and moved the ball left and right, but Portugal seemed comfortable in the back. 28 min into the game, and the first booking was seen, as Semedo from Portugal gave a late challenge on Kolarov. It was interesting how Semedo debuted for Portugal with a yellow card. Another chance was seen, but it was saved by Patricio. The match continued like this, until in the 42nd min, Serbia had a strong penalty shout, as Mitrovic went down inside the box under a challenge from Semedo, though this could not attract the attention of the referee, until Danny from Portugal got booked for dissent.
The first half of the Portugal vs Serbia match came to an end with another missed chance for Serbia, the booking of Nani and an addition of 1 min, at the end of which the score board read Serbia 0-1 Portugal.
The match began after the break, with no change on either team. Just as 5 min had passed, Mitrovic from Serbia and Danilo from Portugal got booked after clashing in the middle of the park. 3 min later, there was a clear sight of goal for the home side, with Kolarov setting up Ljajic just outside the Portugal box. But the low strike was angling wide of the post.
Mitrovic raced through on the Portugal goal before finding the top corner. But the Serbian side was offside, when he collected the pass from Ljajic. The goal was disallowed, but it was a super finish, nonetheless. Zoran Tosic made a superb save, as Patricio went down to make the save. Since then, 5 more minutes went by, and Zoran Toric scored for Serbia. It was understandable how Portugal found it difficult to cope up without Ronaldo. 10 min later, he tried to snap up another chance, though his attempt fell through. This was followed, within a few minutes, but another goal from Portugal, this time struck by Moutinho.
The first red card was raised in the 79th min, following Serbia’s Kolarov’s dissent from the sidelines. Just as Serbia lost their first player, they lost the 2nd one with Matic. It was a real shame, as Serbia was playing really well. Portugal, too, had picked up their game since their 2nd goal. The 2nd half ended with the collision between Patricio and Fonte. 5 min were added to the match, and at the end of it. The score card read Serbia 1-2 Portugal. This was thus another great win for Portugal, and they will top the group, at the end of the Portugal vs Serbia match.
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