Soccer shorts: Portugal seal Euro berth with 1-0 victory

Joao Moutinho (above).

Portugal seal Euro berth with 1-0 victory

BRAGA (Portugal) • Portugal booked their ticket to Euro 2016 with a 1-0 win over Denmark in Braga on Thursday.

Joao Moutinho scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half to put Portugal on 18 points.

Portugal are assured of topping Group I, and have qualified for all of the last seven major tournaments with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo in the side.


Albania lose but have final shot tomorrow

ELBASAN (Albania) • Albania missed a chance to reach their first major football tournament after a 2-0 home defeat by Serbia in a politically charged Euro 2016 Group I qualifier on Thursday.

The result left the Albanians in third place on 11 points from seven games. Denmark are second on 12 points from eight games and have finished their campaign, meaning Albania can leapfrog them and qualify by winning their last match away to Armenia tomorrow.


Poles snuff out Scots' slim chances

GLASGOW • Robert Lewandowski scored four minutes into stoppage time to earn Poland a 2-2 Group D draw with Scotland at Hampden Park that ended the hosts' slender hopes of earning a place at Euro 2016.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski also netted the opener in the third minute, and has 14 goals in five games for club and country.


Uruguay win for first time in La Paz

LA PAZ • Uruguay made light of missing suspended strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to secure their first away win over Bolivia in La Paz, with a 2-0 scoreline to open their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign on Thursday.

It was Uruguay's first victory in 10 World Cup qualifiers in the energy-sapping thin air at the Hernando Siles Stadium in the capital, 3,650m above sea level.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2015, with the headline 'Soccer shorts: Portugal seal Euro berth with 1-0 victory'. Subscribe