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09 Sep 2012
Only one of the three Depor’s international players saw some action on Friday. Abel Aguilar shone with Colombia facing Uruguay; meanwhile Pizzi and Oliveira saw from the bench how Portugal suffered a lot to overcome Luxemburg.

Portugal suffered a lot against Luxemburg in the first matchday of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and only managed to grab a 2-1 victory facing one of the weakest rivals in Europe. The team coached by Paolo Bento was too slow and predictable against a rival that found itself with the advantage in the scoresheet after just fourteen minutes.

The Lusitanian outfit scored the equalizer before the 30-minute mark, but had to wait until the second half in order to achieve the comeback. Portugal could have scored more goals, but Luxemburg was also close to equalize as Rui Patricio made an important save within the last twenty minutes.

It was expected that Nélson Oliveira was going to be a starter, but in the end the starting attacker in the 4-2-3-1 formation was Real Zaragoza’s Hélder Postiga, who scored the winning goal though he also missed several scoring opportunities. Depor’s attacker didn’t play in the game, neither Pizzi. On Tuesday Portugal will host Azerbaijan playing in Braga.

Portugal (4-3-3) Patricio - Joao Pereira, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Coentrao – Meireles (Custodio 67’), Veloso (Varela 46’), Moutinho – Nani (Ruben Micael 82’), Postiga, Ronaldo
Goals: 1-0: (14’) Daniel da Mota; 1-1: (27’) Cristiano Ronaldo, 1-2: (54’) Postiga

Abel Aguilar returns after the celebration of Colombia’s second goal

Meanwhile, Abel Aguilar had an important performance in the 4-0 victory over Uruguay; the midfielder was named as the best player in the first half by Colombian radio Caracol, this because he completely dominated midfield territory being an important piece for the output of the ball.

He even assisted in the first goal of the Colombians. The goal was a cross from the left released by James Rodriguez, the ball went into the path of Depor’s midfielder, who didn’t connect the ball properly, but he was lucky enough as his deflection went directly to the far post and Atletico’s Radamel Falcao was there to score from close range.

In the second part the best men were James Rodriguez and Teófilo Gutiérrez, this last one scored the next two goals after collecting the assists from Rodriguez. Abel Aguilar was replaced at minute 78 and received a standing ovation at the Metropolitano stadium in Barranquilla. The last goal came during the stoppage time and was scored by Camilo Zuñiga.

This was a vital win for Colombia as it’s pushing the team to the fifth position in South America. Besides it put an end to Uruguay's 18-game unbeaten run. On Tuesday, Colombia has a new complicate meeting as it visit second place Chile playing in Santiago.

Colombia: (4-4-2) Ospina - Zuñiga, Perea, Zapata, Armero - Torres, Edwin Valencia, Abel Aguilar (Aldo Ramirez 78’), James Rodríguez (Carlos Sánchez 83’) – Teo Gutiérrez (Carlo Quintero 80’), Falcao
Goals: 1-0: (2’) Falcao, 2-0: (47’)  Teófilo Gutiérrez, 3-0: (52’) Teófilo Gutiérrez, 4-0: (90+1’)



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