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Ramat Gan (ATT 40,000) 22nd March 2013 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: S Lannoy

Israel Israel vs Portugal Portugal

Israel 3

T Hemed (24)
E Ben Basat (40)
R Gershon (70)

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Portugal 3

B Alves (2)
H Postiga (72)
F Coentrao (90+3)

Last-gasp Portugal grab draw

Coentrao equalises in last minute after Israel let 3-1 lead slip

Last Updated: 22/03/13 3:22pm

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Fabio Coentrao: Scored last-minute equaliser for Portugal

Fabio Coentrao: Scored last-minute equaliser for Portugal

Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao's last-minute goal earned Portugal a face-saving point in Tel Aviv as they played out a six-goal thriller with Israel.

Portugal are renowned for making hard work of supposed lesser teams in qualification and this Group F clash followed suit, with Paulo Bento's men recovering from a 3-1 deficit to stay on level terms with their hosts in the group.

Russia are the runaway leaders on 12 points - they play Northern Ireland on Saturday - with Israel then shading Portugal on goal difference only, with both sides having amassed eight points.

Israel should be clear, though, despite going behind to Bruno Alves' second-minute opener.

After that Tomer Hemed, Eden Ben Basat and Null Gershon spun things around, only for Helder Postiga and Coentrao to even things up.

Alves gave Portugal the upper hand, breaking through a static home defence to give his side a dream start, and Coentrao should have made it two a minute later but shot straight at Dudo Aouate.

Israel stepped up after that and Ben Basat fizzed a shot wide before the equaliser arrived in the 24th minute, Real Mallorca striker Hemed turning in the box and smashing in a 15-yard effort after a ball from Maor Melicsohn.

Portugal should have gone back in front soon after, but Postiga produced a horror miss, rounding Aouate after a Raul Meireles pass and only finding the side-netting.

Postiga was made to pay for his error as Israel took the lead before the break, Ben Basat's rocket from the edge of the box the end product of a strong run on to Eytan Tibi's pass.

Tal Ben Haim's tackle denied Postiga as the half-time whistle went, but Israel returned to the front foot in the second half, with Ben Basat going close.

Hemed went off just after the hour but Israel's firepower remained, and Celtic's Gershon headed their third in the 70th minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo, unusually quiet, then set about getting Portugal back playing, and two minutes later he broke clear and squared for the waiting Postiga, who found his range.

It had looked as though Israel would hold out after that but, with seconds left, Hugo Almeida's header cracked the bar and Coentrao buried the rebound.

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  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Fri 22nd Mar - Group F
    • Israel
      3 - 3
      Portugal
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    • Luxembourg
      0 - 0
      Azerbaijan
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    Fri 22nd Mar - Group B
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group A
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group E
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group C
    • Kazakhstan
      0 - 3
      Germany
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    • Austria
      6 - 0
      Faroe Islands
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    • Sweden
      0 - 0
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    Fri 22nd Mar - Group D
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group G
    • Liechtenstein
      1 - 1
      Latvia
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    • Slovakia
      1 - 1
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    • Bos & Herz
      3 - 1
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    Fri 22nd Mar - Group H
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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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