Sep 6, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Windsor Park
Northern Ireland
2-4
Portugal
McAuley (36'), Ward (52')
Davis (32'), Carroll (61'), Norwood (82')
Brunt (60'), Lafferty (80')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Alves (20'), Ronaldo (68', 77', 83')
Coentrão (0'), Pepe (7'), Ronaldo (43')
Postiga (43')

Michael O'Neill: 'Northern Ireland will be disciplined against Portugal'

Martin Paterson of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group F Qualifier match between Northern Ireland and Russia at Windsor Park on August 14, 2013
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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says that his team will play a disciplined game against Portugal in their World Cup qualifying clash.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has admitted that he will not ask his side to try to out-play Portugal on Friday.

The team go into the World Cup qualifying match off the back of their first win in two years against Russia last month.

O'Neill has said that his side will have to be disciplined if they are to get something from the match against Paulo Bento's men.

"Against this level of opposition, if you play really open and make the pitch really accessible to players of that level and ability you are asking for trouble," O'Neill told Sky Sports News.

"At the end of the day we are not going to beat Portugal 4-3, we might beat them 1-0, or 2-1. We are not going down the route of having an open expansive game of football, from the point of view that we have to play a way that gives us the best chance of winning the game.

"That is to play in a very disciplined and considered approach, and maximise the possession we get and the players that we have in key areas playing to the same level as they did against Russia."

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw when they last met in October 2012.

Martin Paterson of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group F Qualifier match between Northern Ireland and Russia at Windsor Park on August 14, 2013
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