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Portugal at full strength for Euro 2012 playoff

Portugal at full strength for Euro 2012 playoff

Portugal is back to full strength for its 2012 European Championship playoff against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Real Madrid defenders Pepe and Fabio Coentrao and strikers Danny and Hugo Almeida return from injuries that kept them out of the last match against Denmark _ a 2-1 defeat that cost Portugal automatic qualification.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento announced his 23-man squad Friday for the rematch of the countries' 2010 World Cup playoff, which Portugal edged 2-0 on aggregate.
Portugal finished second in Group H behind Denmark, which leapfrogged the Portuguese into top spot after victory in Copenhagen. The Euro 2004 finalist led by Cristiano Ronaldo has never won an international trophy.
Bosnia-Herzegovina finished one point behind Group D winner France.
Bento recalled that Portugal experienced more problems at home than away against Bosnia in the World Cup playoffs.
"They're a quality team, they always have been, but now they have more experienced players such as (Miralem) Pjanic, (Zvjezdan) Misimovic and others. I reckon it'll be a very evenly matched playoff," he said.
The first leg is in Bosnia Nov. 11 with the return game in Lisbon Nov. 15.
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Squad:
Goalkeepers: Eduardo (Benfica), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Beto (Cluj)
Defenders: Silvio (Atletico Madrid), Bruno Alves (Zenit), Rolando (FC Porto), Sereno (Cologne), Joao Pereira (Sporting Lisbon), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid), Pepe (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Raul Meireles (Chelsea), Joao Moutinho (FC Porto), Carlos Martins (Granada), Miguel Veloso (Genoa), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), Ruben Micael (Saragoca).
Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Danny (Zenit), Nani (Manchester United), Quaresma (Besiktas), Helder Postiga (Zaragoza), Nuno Gomes (Braga), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas)


Updated : 2021-10-26 08:28 GMT+08:00