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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 26 February

Saturday 25 February

23:45
23:27
22:36
21:42
21:27
21:11
20:41
20:39
20:24
20:18
19:58
19:43
19:34
19:27
19:26
19:23
19:03
18:49
18:29
18:29
18:12
18:02
18:01
17:59
17:53
17:52
17:40
17:30
17:18
17:16
16:42
16:23
16:14
14:49
14:49
14:35
14:31
14:16
14:06
13:35
13:12
13:12
12:47
12:13
12:07
11:54
11:04
10:25
09:00
07:27
06:49
06:02
05:07
04:56
03:50
02:34
02:14
01:33
00:30
00:22
00:15

Friday 24 February

23:53
23:34
23:30
23:15
22:23
21:56
21:14
21:11
21:07
20:42
20:05
18:31
18:17
18:08
17:32
17:08
16:54
16:49
16:40
16:31
16:20
16:03
16:02
15:28
15:08
15:02
14:58
14:49
14:33
13:50
13:46
13:45
13:26
13:25
13:20
13:19
13:12
13:05
12:39
12:29
12:25
11:49
11:18
10:47
10:05
10:00
09:35
08:59
07:42
05:34
03:44
02:23
02:09
01:02
01:01
00:05

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