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European Championship Qualifying

Estadio da Luz (ATT 45,000) 15th November 2011 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: W Stark

Portugal Portugal vs Bosnia Bosnia

Portugal (6) 6

C Ronaldo (8, 53)
Nani (24)
H Postiga (72, 82)
M Veloso (80)

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Bosnia (2) 2

Z Misimovic (pen 41)
S Lulic (S/O 54)
E Spahic (66)

Ronaldo the hero

Portugal power through against 10-man Bosnia

Last Updated: 16/11/11 8:04am

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Bagged brace for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo: Bagged brace for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Portugal to storm through to the Euro 2012 finals with a thrilling win over 10-man Bosnia-Herzegovina in Lisbon.

Ronaldo struck twice, including a wonderful 35-yard free-kick after just eight minutes, to set the tone for a goal fest, with the hosts triumphing 6-2 on the night and on aggregate.

After the first leg finished goalless, Ronaldo's opener and an equally impressive strike from Nani ensured they assumed control inside half an hour.

Bosnia kept in touch when Zvjezdan Misimovic netted a penalty just before half-time, but Ronaldo struck his second soon after the resumption.

Bosnia then had Senad Lulic sent off but they battled on bravely and when skipper Emir Spahic scored on 66 minutes at 3-2 they retained belief.

Postiga

That was quickly eroded, however, as Portugal doubled their tally with Helder Postiga netting twice either side of a Miguel Veloso free-kick.

After a nervous first leg, Portugal took a firm grip of the contest thanks to memorable strikes from key men Ronaldo and Nani.

Ronaldo opened the scoring in signature style when he thumped a 35-yard free-kick, which he had won himself, that sped past the despairing dive of Asmir Begovic.

Nani doubled the lead on 28 minutes when he unleashed an unstoppable drive from almost the identical position that left Begovic grasping at thin air.

Bosnia were back in the match at half-time, though, when Fabio Coentrao was ruled to have handballed in the area and Misimovic tucked away the penalty.

Portugal restored their two-goal advantage soon after the resumption when Ronaldo rounded Begovic to score.

Emphatic

Bosnia's challenge looked done and dusted when Lulic was then sent off moments later for violent conduct, but they found a way back when Spahic poked in after Darko Maletic's mis-hit shot fell to him.

There was a hint of offside in his goal, but if Portugal felt aggrieved it lasted only a few moments as Postiga eased their concerns in emphatic style.

The striker picked his spot expertly on 72 minutes after a clever through-ball from Micael before another superb free-kick, this time from Veloso, sealed matters with 10 minutes left.

Ronaldo had been lining up the set-piece, but Veloso caught out Begovic to fizz his effort into the top-right corner.

Postiga then rounded off the victory with the simplest of tap-ins to begin the celebrations inside the Stadium of Light.

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1 Germany 10 30
2 Turkey 10 17
3 Belgium 10 15
4 Austria 10 12
5 Azerbaijan 10 7
6 Kazakhstan 10 4

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1 Russia 10 23
2 Republic of Ireland 10 21
3 Armenia 10 17
4 Slovakia 10 15
5 Macedonia 10 8
6 Andorra 10 0

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1 Italy 10 26
2 Estonia 10 16
3 Serbia 10 15
4 Slovenia 10 14
5 Northern Ireland 10 9
6 Faroe Islands 10 4

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2 Bosnia 10 20
3 Romania 10 14
4 Belarus 10 13
5 Albania 10 9
6 Luxembourg 10 4

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2 Sweden 10 24
3 Hungary 10 19
4 Finland 10 10
5 Moldova 10 9
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2 Croatia 10 22
3 Israel 10 16
4 Latvia 10 11
5 Georgia 10 10
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2 Montenegro 8 12
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3 Norway 8 16
4 Iceland 8 4
5 Cyprus 8 2

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2 Czech Republic 8 13
3 Scotland 8 11
4 Lithuania 8 5
5 Liechtenstein 8 4

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