Portugal v Russia, 16 June 2004

Score2-0 to Portugal
RefereeTerje Hauge
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group A
VenueEstádio da Luz, Lisbon
Attendance59,273
Kick-off: 7:45pm local Assistant referees: Ole Hermann Borgan (Norway) Steinar Holvik (Norway) Fourth official: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium) Man of the Match: Maniche (Portugal) Hosts Portugal restored their UEFA EURO 2004 hopes as goals at either end of a thrilling encounter from Maniche and Rui Costa earned a hard-fought win and ended Russia's dreams of reaching the knockout stages. Maniche seized on Deco's pass after seven minutes to fire in the first goal before Rui Costa converted fellow substitute Cristiano Ronaldo's cross a minute from time as Portugal bounced back from their opening-day defeat by Greece with a much-improved display. Russia had to play half the game with ten men after goalkeeper Sergei Ovchinnikov was sent off on the stroke of half-time for handling outside the area. Both starting lineups revealed surprises. Russia's two enforced changes were no shock, with Dmitri Loskov and Aleksei Bugayev coming in for the expelled Aleksandr Mostovoi and the suspended Roman Sharonov. Yet Georgi Yartsev's decision to drop Dmitri Bulykin and play Aleksandr Kerzhakov in attack supported by another 21-year-old, Marat Izmailov, raised eyebrows at the Estádio da Luz. Luiz Felipe Scolari provided more surprises. The decision to introduce Deco for Rui Costa in the playmaking role was expected but the defensive cull that saw Paulo Ferreira, Rui Jorge and Fernando Couto supplanted by Miguel, Ricardo Carvalho and Nuno Valente was less predictable. The net effect was that Portugal had five players from UEFA Champions League winners FC Porto lining up against club colleague Dmitri Alenichev. That Porto combination worked to wonderful effect for Portugal on seven minutes. The ball was worked to Deco from a Luís Figo free-kick and Porto's adopted son drilled a dangerous low ball into the box. Club-mate Maniche controlled superbly before firing into the bottom corner for his first international goal. Russia were pinned back in their own half, their frustration heightened when defensive linchpin Aleksei Smertin received a booking on 16 minutes ruling him out of the final Group A match against Greece. Minutes earlier, Russia had briefly lifted the siege on their goal but Alenichev was crowded out in the area after fine approach play from Loskov and Kerzhakov. Portugal were struggling to translate their lion's share of possession into chances. They upped the tempo approaching the half-hour when Carvalho headed over and then Pauleta narrowly failed to reach Figo's cross, delivered after the Portugal captain had delighted the crowd with three stepovers. Deco volleyed wildly over from close range and Maniche and Deco almost played in Pauleta only for a fine interception by Bugayev. Portugal were literally given a helping hand on the stroke of half-time when Ovchinnikov was sent off as he raced out to deny Pauleta. The talismanic goalkeeper was expelled and Evgeni Aldonin was sacrificed as reserve keeper Vyacheslav Malafeev came in; Russia escaped further censure as Figo curled the resulting free-kick wide. Malafeev was forced into action five minutes after the restart, diving full length to turn away Nuno Valente's powerful drive. But Portugal were struggling to exploit their numerical advantage and the increasingly influential Andrei Karyaka flashed an effort across the face of goal. He then stung Ricardo's fingers with a fierce shot as Russia refused to accept their fate meekly. Nuno Gomes and Rui Costa replaced Pauleta and Simão as Portugal sought greater urgency and the changes almost brought instant reward after 64 minutes. An excellent move saw Nuno Gomes forward Deco's pass to Figo but his shot was brilliantly turned on to the post by Malafeev; Deco fired the over the bar on the rebound. Russia pushed hard for an equaliser but failed to threaten. Instead Portugal exploited the increased space and Rui Costa sealed a deserved victory.

2  Portugal

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

0  Russia

Manager: Georgiy Yartsev

Goals:

Maniche 7 G
Rui Costa 89 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ricardo
Defender Ricardo Carvalho
Defender Jorge Andrade
Defender Nuno Valente
Defender/Midfielder Miguel
Midfielder Costinha
Midfielder Deco
Midfielder Maniche
Midfielder Simao
Forward Luís Figo (captain)
Forward Pauleta

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Sergei Ovchinnikov
Defender Alexey Bugayev
Defender Vadim Evseev
Defender Dmitri Sennikov
Midfielder Evgeny Aldonin
Midfielder Dmitri Alenichev
Midfielder Marat Izmailov
Midfielder Andrey Karyaka
Midfielder Dmitri Loskov
Midfielder Alexei Smertin (captain)

Substitutions:

Nuno Gomes for Pauleta 57
Rui Costa for Simao 63
Cristiano Ronaldo for Luís Figo 78

Substitutions:

Vladimir Bystrov for Marat Izmailov 72
Viacheslav Malafeev for Sergei Ovchinnikov 80
Dmitry Bulykin for Andrey Karyaka 80

Cards:

Ricardo Carvalho 25 Y
Deco 85 Y

Cards:

Alexei Smertin 16 Y
Vadim Evseev 21 Y
Sergei Ovchinnikov 44 R
Dmitri Alenichev 87 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Jose Moreira
Goalkeeper Quim
Defender Beto
Defender Paulo Ferreira
Defender Rui Jorge
Defender/Centre back Fernando Couto
Midfielder Petit
Midfielder Rui Costa
Midfielder Tiago
Midfielder/Forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Forward Nuno Gomes

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev
Goalkeeper Viacheslav Malafeev
Midfielder Vladimir Bystrov
Midfielder Rolan Gusev
Midfielder Vladislav Radimov
Midfielder Igor Semshov
Forward Dmitry Bulykin
Forward Dmitry Sychev