Israel 3 Portugal 3 match report: Last minute goal from Fabio Coentrao saves Portugal from defeat against Israel

The nations were inseparable before the game, both holding
seven points

A last minute Fabio Coentrao strike kept Portugal’s World Cup dreams alive, earning a draw to maintain joint second place with their unlucky hosts.

The nations were inseparable before the game, both holding seven points – five behind leaders Russia – and a loss for either would have made qualification an almost impossible task. Paulo Bento’s men took the initiative from with the game’s very first attack. Miguel Veloso’s corner was met emphatically by Bruno Alves to put them on the front foot.

Conceding early, however, seemed to galvanise the hosts who hit back with two goals before the break, courtesy of Tomer Hemed and Eden Ben Basat. Eli Guttman seemed to be succeeding where Alex Ferguson failed in trying to contain Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Euro 2012 semi-finalists suffered more misery when Celtic loanee Rami Gershon appeared to have put the result to bed with a confident header.

But the visitors fought back to earn an unlikely point in Tel Aviv after going 3-1 behind with twenty minutes to play. Tottenham fans won’t associate the word clinical with Helder Postiga, but the much-travelled forward swept home well to set up a grand stand finish.

Portugal steamed forward, but as the minutes ticked by it looked like the Israelis were going to hold out for a crucial point. Collective hearts were broken though, in the last minute, as a Hugo Almeida effort crashed off the bar. The rebound fell to Real Madrid man Coentrao, who bundled home to keep the group alive and put pressure on Russia.

Israel Aouate, Shpungin, Tibi, Ben-Haim, Gershon, Yeiny, Kayal, Natcho, Melikson (Refaelov 73), Hemed (Atar 63), Ben Basat (Benayoun 81)

Portugal Rui Patricio, Pereira, Pepe, Bruno Alves (Almeida 74), Coentrao, Raul Meireles, Veloso (Martins 60), Moutinho, Varela (Vierinha 60) Postiga, Ronaldo

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory