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Oct 15, 2013 at 6pm UK
Varela (30'), Nani (37'), Postiga (78')
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Joachim (28')

Result: Portugal see off Luxembourg

Portugal win 3-0 but Russia qualify for next summer's World Cup.

Portugal have seen off the challenge of Luxembourg with ease, but must go through a playoff in order to reach Brazil next summer.

In truth, the Iberians' quest for automatic qualification always seemed a long shot as it required a defeat for Russia away in Azerbaijan with a seven-goal swing.

Paulo Bento's side struggled to break through the Luxembourg rearguard early on but were helped by the sending-off of Aurelin Joachim for his high tackle on Andre Almedia just before the half-hour.

The visitors were punished a minute later when Joao Moutinho's through-ball found Silvestre Varela, who rounded keeper Jonathan Joubert and slotted home.

Portugal nabbed a second goal on 37 minutes when Moutinho's clever back heel reached Nani, who volleyed past a helpless Joubert.

Fabio Coentrao thought he had scored a third before the interval when Moutinho yet again cut the Luxembourg defence open and the left-back finished neatly only for the assistant referee to flag for offside.

It took until the 78th minute for Portugal to score again when Nani's corner was cleared only to Helder Postiga, whose thundering effort found the back of the net and rounded off the win.

The win was in vain as Russia secured a win to top Group F.

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates scoring during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group F match between Northern Ireland and Portugal at Windsor Park on September 6, 2013
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· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

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