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Portugal Portugal vs Israel Israel

Portugal 1

R Costa (28)

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Israel 1

E Ben Basat (85)

World Cup: Portugal's qualification hopes hit as Israel secure late 1-1 draw

Last Updated: 11/10/13 11:37pm

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Ricardo Costa: Notched opener for Portugal but Israel hit back

Ricardo Costa: Notched opener for Portugal but Israel hit back

Israel all but condemned Portugal to the World Cup qualifying play-offs as a late equaliser from Eden Ben Basat forced a shock 1-1 draw in Lisbon.

Paulo Bento's men allowed themselves to dream of snatching first place from Russia in Group F when Ricardo Costa beat goalkeeper Dudu Aouate to give Portugal the lead after 28 minutes.

It would be the last goal Israel's resilient keeper would concede as he raised his game to repel everything else thrown at him over the next hour.

His counterpart Rui Patricio was, however, guilty of losing concentration at a vital moment in the final exchanges with Ben Basat stealing in to grab Israel a point and rob Portugal of two.

The Iberian nation must now beat Luxembourg on Tuesday to stand any chance of usurping Russia, but Fabio Capello's side take a three-point lead and an already fearsome goal difference to Azerbaijan.

Miguel Veloso attempted an audacious volley in the fourth minute and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was soon testing his aim from just outside the box.

Nani was the first of many players to test Aouate's reflexes when he snuck into the box to force a parry from the Israel goalkeeper in the 23rd minute.

Ruben Micael then watched Aouate tip his long-range effort over the bar but it would not matter as Portugal made the breakthrough just before the half-hour mark.

The hosts had struggled to hit the target from distance but Costa made no mistake when tucking the ball home from six yards.

Pinpoint cross

Following the restart Ronaldo supplied Hugo Almeida with a pinpoint cross but the Besiktas striker could only head over.

Aouate stood firm again when Ronaldo connected his left boot with the ball to volley goalwards, and with the hour mark approaching Nani nodded high and wide.

Goalscorer Costa repeated the trick before Nani went even closer from a Joao Moutinho corner.

Time was running out for Portugal to grab the second goal they needed to kill the game off and Nelson Oliveira's speculative lob from 20 yards was not the answer.

The focus returned to assaulting Aouate's goal head on but the Israeli keeper was still having none of it. First he parried Antunes' snapshot from before punching a swerver from Moutinho away from danger.

Portugal's frustation grew and with the red mist descending they let their guard down at the worst possible time.

Patricio dithered on the edge of the box before passing the ball straight to Ben Basat, who gleefully fired it back in the keeper's direction but into the back of the net.

All eyes turned to the talismanic Ronaldo, who has so often dug his nation out of trouble when it matters most, but his searing free-kick from 20 yards was met by a superb low save from the unflinching Aouate.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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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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