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Last chance saloon in Euro play-offs


Last chance saloon in Euro play-offs


Portugal has one of the world’s greatest players in Christiano Ronaldo yet sealing a place with Europe’s elite for the 2012 Championships has been problematic.

It is their last chance on Tuesday night in Lisbon when Bosnia and Herzogovina visit for the second leg of their play-off. It was scoreless when in the first encounter on Friday.

Portugal coach Paulo Bento

“This is a decisive match, it will determine if we will be at Euro 2012 and we are convinced we will be there. Bosnia is a team that do not concede many goals. And you have to remember the side was just 12 minutes away from topping their qualifying group when they were leading in their final group match against France and were set to send them to the play-offs,” said Portugal coach Paulo Bento in his pre match press conference.

Turkey arrived in Croatia trailing by three goals to nil after the first leg. Spurs midfielder, Luka Modric though is urging caution. He missed a penalty for Croatia in a shoot out in a memorable quarter-final between the two sides at Euro 2008. Croatia had led, it was Turkey who won. Its an unlikely scenario again.

Ireland should have little trouble in their second leg against Estonia with a four nil advantage. Will a two goal lead be enough for the Czech Republic? In Lisbon there’s every chance it will be a little tense, you suspect though home advantage will be enough for Portugal against Bosnia.

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