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Estadio Cidade de Coimbra (ATT 18,900) 15th October 2013 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: Bulent Yildirim

Portugal Portugal vs Luxembourg Luxembourg

Portugal 3

S Varela (30)
Nani (36)
H Postiga (78)

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Luxembourg 0

A Joachim (S/O 28)

World Cup qualifiers: Portugal book play-off spot with victory over Luxembourg

Last Updated: 15/10/13 10:17pm

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Nani struck for Portugal in their victory over Luxembourg

Nani struck for Portugal in their victory over Luxembourg

Portugal secured second place in World Cup qualifying Group F and a play-off spot after they beat 10-man Luxembourg 3-0 on Tuesday.

Silvestre Varela put Portugal ahead on the half-hour mark in Coimbra, two minutes after Aurelien Joachim had been sent off for the visitors.

Nani added the second in the 36th minute before Helder Postiga sealed the win, but Portugal's place in next year's tournament in Brazil is now dependent on them winning a two-legged play-off against another second-placed team.

Portugal dominated the game and Manchester United midfielder Nani went close in the ninth minute when he forced a save from Luxembourg goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert.

Nani struck the ball from the right of the area and Joubert parried the ball, which fell to Postiga, who was denied by the stopper from 18 yards.

Joao Moutinho then tried his luck, but his weak shot was put over the bar with a touch from the busy Joubert.

Luxembourg striker Daniel da Mota put a chance over the bar at the other end, but Portugal were soon on the attack again, with Fabio Coentrao's header hitting the bar from Andre Almeida's cross in the 14th minute.

Nani went close again when his close range header was tipped over by Joubert, who was single-handedly keeping his side in the game.

However, Luxembourg's resistance faltered soon after, when Moutinho sent Varela racing through on goal with a deft pass.

The striker's dummy fooled Joubert, allowing him to slide the ball into the unguarded net.

The goal was a second blow for the visitors after they had Joachim sent off for a foul on Almeida only two minutes earlier.

Nani then rubbed salt in the wound when Moutinho put him in on goal with a back-heel, allowing the midfielder to smash it into the roof of the net from nine yards.

Portugal kept up the pace after the break, with Postiga and Nani both going close early in the second half.

In fact, the Portugal fans in Coimbra would have been left wondering why they had not seen more goals, as the home side created a hatful of chances but were wasteful in their finishing.

Postiga finally found the third in the 78th minute when he tapped home from Josue's free-kick to wrap up the win.

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  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 15th Oct - Group E
    Tue 15th Oct - Group F
    Tue 15th Oct - Group G
    • Greece
      2 - 0
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    • Lithuania
      0 - 1
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    • Latvia
      2 - 2
      Slovakia
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    Tue 15th Oct - Group D
    Tue 15th Oct - Group B
    Tue 15th Oct - Group A
    Tue 15th Oct - Group C
    • Faroe Islands
      0 - 3
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      3 - 1
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      3 - 5
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    Tue 15th Oct - 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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