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Perhaps the shortest "match" in the history of football finished without a goal yesterday - but not without argument. Two Portuguese First Division clubs, Sporting Lisbon and Chaves, played before a handful of fans for just over two minutes yesterday to complete a match suspended 12 days ago.

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SCOTLAND trained yesterday at the ground where Celtic won the European Cup, before returning to the same Estoril hotel in which Jock Stein's Lisbon Lions stayed 26 years ago. Tonight, however, Andy Roxburgh will rely on Rangers' experience of Continental competition in a match neither his own team nor Portugal dare lose.
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