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Ronaldo coy on Portugal booking

12 October 2013 17:01

Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to clarify whether he deliberately got himself booked during Portugal's 1-1 draw with Israel on Friday.

The result, coupled with Russia's 4-0 win over Luxembourg, means Portugal are all but certain to miss out on automatic qualification to the FIFA World Cup from Group F of the European section.

Portugal sit three points adrift of Fabio Capello's men with an inferior goal difference going into the final qualifiers and are likely to feature in the play-offs.

Their captain Ronaldo was booked late on in the game in Lisbon for dissent, leading to speculation that he may have picked up a yellow card on purpose so he could miss his country's final group qualifier against Luxembourg on Tuesday.

However, the Real Madrid star has denied he deliberately earned a caution so he could take a clean disciplinary record into the play-offs.

"FIFA is always very attentive to those situations," Ronaldo said.

"The playoff is the most important and I don't want to be out. I will be at those two matches."

When asked on potential opponents in the play-offs, Ronaldo highlighted France - who look set to finish second behind Spain in Group I - as the main threat.

"France are the strongest we may face," he continued.

"They are the only ones I do not want to face."

Ronaldo's Real team-mate Pepe is also banned for Portugal's final qualifier.

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Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
11 October 2013
Game week
9
Kick-off
21:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
Estádio José Alvalade (Lisboa)
Attendance
48317

Goals

Ricardo Costa 27'
(assist by Pepe) 
1 - 0
1 - 1

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Sunday 29 May

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12:07
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10:28
10:04
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08:55
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04:08
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03:25
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02:33
02:27
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01:47
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01:03
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00:55
00:50
00:36
00:32
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00:16
00:11
00:05
00:02

Saturday 28 May

23:46
23:31
22:35
20:22
20:00
19:37
19:26
18:55
18:36
18:18
18:08
17:49
17:45
17:45
17:38
17:23
16:45
16:17
15:52
15:42
15:21
14:56
14:54
14:31
14:18
14:01
13:24
13:17
13:04
13:00
12:31
12:08
11:40
11:09
10:37
10:15
09:57
09:31
08:21
06:56
06:11
05:23
05:20
05:04
03:58
03:43
03:09
03:07
02:59
02:51
02:33
02:16
01:20
00:41
00:35
00:28
00:10
00:10
00:09

Friday 27 May

23:49
23:47
23:15
23:13
22:48
22:48
22:39
22:39
22:29
22:29
22:14
21:33
21:28
21:21
20:58
20:45
20:35
19:48
19:37
19:36
19:10
18:58
18:58
18:26
18:22
18:17
17:58
17:44
17:42
17:17
17:05
16:26
15:46
15:10
15:08
14:49
14:40
14:11
13:50
13:37
13:28
13:28
13:21
13:15
12:55
12:50
12:36
12:27
10:43
10:43
10:42
10:39
10:33
10:19
10:04
09:33
09:27
09:10
08:50
08:24
08:17
07:29
04:56
02:58
01:42
01:37
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