Thursday August 18, 2011 Play-off round Finished Estádio da Madeira

CD Nacional 0 - 0 Birmingham City

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    Birmingham City played out an entertaining 0-0 draw in their Europa League qualifier first leg against CD Nacional in Madeira. More

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    Time:90'
    • CD Nacional
    • Birmingham City
    • 90' That's the full time whistle. Will the result be good enough for Blues? We shall see this time next week.
    • 87' The keeper was beat in the air by Caldwell there. He's now down receoving treatment but there was no contact. I think he's a little embarrassed about the bad judgement more than anything else.
    • 86' CHANCE!! Beausejour's free kick is met by the head of Caldwell eight yards out. The defender rises well but can't keep the effort down.
    • 83' Beausejour is standing over the free kick, 35 yards from goal. The midfielder lashes it on target but it's too central, allowing Elisson to gather with ease.
    • 81' There is some more mist descending now. It looks thicker. That's the disadvantage of having a stadium up in the picturesque Funchal mountains. Probably the only one, though!
    • 79' Barcelos takes teh resulting free kick from 25 yards out. He has an effort on goal but whips it wide of the left post.
    • 77' Carr is booked for cheeky little trip on Galiano Da Costa. It was a bit silly, that! Needless.
    • 75' Blues keeper Myhill has comfortably dealt with everything that has come his way tonight. In all fairness though, but not been overly tested.
    • 73' Burke makes a fantastic run down the right before crossing. The centre looks to have caught keeper Rosa off guard but it bounces just past the far post.
    • 71' Could be a red card here!!! Aurelio takes down Wood and looks to be the last man. It's just a yellow though. Lucky boy!!
    • 68' Costa, who has run his socks off tonight, is replaced by Daniel Candeias for the hosts.
    • 66' The excellent Davies charges in to the box and rises highest to meet Beausejour's corner but heads behind.
    • 63' Nacional have had a number of corners in the last few minutes. Costa has sent a few out of play directly from the set-piece. The third is then plucked out of the air by Myhill.
    • 61' The mist is descending on this stadium. It's not quite low enough to cause a problem. Yet.
    • 59' Alizeu has a wild effort following Wood's clearance from a Nacional corner. Ugly.
    • 57' Curtis Davies makes another good tackle on Barcelos to halt a Nacional break. The former Villa man is in contention for Man of the Match tonight.
    • 56' Wood travels down the right flank and has a shot/cross fly across the face of the goal. If anybody would have gambled then the Blues would have surely been one up!
    • 55' There's a break in play at the minute. Spector clashes heads with Mihelic. The stretcher is on the pitch for the Blues man. Hopefully it isn't too serious.
    • 53' Ridgewell has been hobbling around for a couple of minutes. Fahey is warming up on the touchline. The injured defender is booked in slightly bizarre fashion. He was waiting to go off and I'm not sure whether he said anything but the referee marched over and showed Ridgewell the yellow.
    • 52' FOUL?!?! No. Spector feeds Wood who appears to be rugby tackled to the floor. The referee waves play on much to the frustration of the Blues supporters in front of us.
    • 51' Myhill dashes out of his area to head away a long ball aimed for Da Costa. Very smart goalkeeping.
    • 50' Elizeu replaces Školnik and Diego Barcelos replaces Mihelič.
    • 49' The save falls into the path of Burke, who crosses into the path of Wood, whose name translated into Portuguese is Madeira. The striker heads on goal and beats the keeper but sees his effort cannon off the post.
    • 48' Redmond goes through on goal and has an effort from the edge of the 18 yard box. It's saved by Elisson!
    • 46' The second half is under way. Blues kick off.
    • 45' The half time whistle blows.
    • 43' Ridewell gets forward as he looks to set up Wood he is unmarked in the box. The flag is up though. Disappointing for the Blues. Ridgewell really didn't need to be offside there.
    • 39' Luís Alberto cuts in from the right and has a pop at the goal from distance. It misses the target by some distance. Not the greatest of efforts, that!
    • 37' The hosts are now exerting some considerable pressure on Birmingham. The visitors had that promising 10 minute spell but have looked like conceding in the past few minutes.
    • 35' Beausejour is booked for a rash tackle on Mateus as the hosts looked to counter attack. It was a good foul to make, but he's now got just under an hour to get through and needs to be very careful.
    • 34' The hosts look pretty suspect at the back but could cause the visitors' defence some trouble when going forward tonight. Lopes' corner is met by the head of Rondon at the near post. It flashes wide. Should've done better.
    • 32' Mateus runs at Murphy before cutting inside past the defender and crossing into the penalty area. Caldwell's there with the clearance.
    • 31' Ridgewell has now sat up and the stretcher has been told to go back off. He's up on his feet, dusted himself off and hobbles back into position.
    • 29' Ridgewell is down injured but no foul is given. The defender looks in some discomfort.
    • 27' Blues have really stepped it up. Burke steals the ball in the middle of the park and bursts towards the Nacional penalty area. Lopes is across quickly to make the challenge.
    • 25' POST!! Beausejour's corner found Caldwell at the far post and his header rattled the inside of the upright!!
    • 24' CHANCE!! Davies bursts into the box following a defensive mistake. The defender doesn't look to confident and attempts to find Wood, rather than shooting. It's cleared for a corner.
    • 23' After their less than impressive start, the visitors are really starting to get into this game. Their midfielders are starting to see a lot more of the ball.
    • 21' Beausejour's corner is poor. It's cleared, and the ball is played all the way back to Myhill.
    • 20' Very quick feet from Redmond, who takes on a number of the Nacional backline. He does very well to win a corner for his side.
    • 19' The youngster, Wood, is understandably finding it tough up top at the moment as Blues chances are few and far between. However, Beausejour is starting to look pretty tidy in the middle of the park.
    • 17' Beausejour's corner is sent into the box but it's cleared. Ridgewell picks it up on the left and has a pop at goal. Straight at Elisson.
    • 16' Nacional look very comfortable in possession. They're moving the ball around well but, so far, haven't caused the Blues major problems.
    • 14' Danielson latches on to a long ball over the top by Edgar Da Costa. The falg is up straight away though. Offside.
    • 12' The visitors seem happy to soak up the Nacional pressure at the moment with the view to hitting them on the break.
    • 11' We've played just over 10 minutes in the game at the Estadio da Madeira. As expected, the hosts have been the better side and have looked the more likely side to score. But Blues are holding their own...
    • 10' Skolnik sends a ball into the Blues' box. It's got plenty of height on it and allows Ridgewell to head clear.
    • 9' CHANCE!!! Great challenge by Davies. Da Costa is sent through into the box and cuts inside before pulling the trigger on the edge of the six yards box. The Blues defender is across quickly to cut the ball out.
    • 8' Burke cuts in from the right and has a left-footed effort straight at the goalkeeper.
    • 7' Luís Alberto's tackle on Murphy is poor. Nothing Malicious, just late and clumsy. Free kick to the visitors.
    • 5' Very positive start from the hosts. Costa goes down the centre and has a pop at goal. Myhill is across well to put the ball out for a corner. The Blues defence were all over the place.
    • 3' The hosts are on the attack. The Blues back-four are coping well though, as Davies heads away.
    • 1' Nacional kick off. The game is under way.
    • 19:42 Both sets of players are out on the pitch. We're just moments from kick off.
    • 19:36 The teams are in - Nacional: Elisson, Joao Aurelio, Felipe Lopes, Danielson, Nuno Pinto, Luis Alberto, Mihelic, Skolnik, Mateus, Rondon, Edgar Costa. Subs: Valverde, Todorovic, Diego Barcelos, Candeias, Oliver, Luis Neto, Elizeu /// Birmingham: Myhill, Carr, Davies, Caldwell, Ridgewell, Burke, Murphy, Redmond, Beausejour, Wood, Spector Subs: Doyle, Rooney, Fahey, Valles, Asante, Jervis, Hubbins
    • 19:35 However, Ivo Vieira's side have already come through the second qualifying round to reach this stage, securing a 3-1 aggregate victory over FH Hafnarfjordur of Iceland.
    • 19:33 Hughton won’t have had much chance to gauge the quality of the Blues’ Portuguese opponents this season as they have played just one game in their domestic league so far - a 0-0 draw away to Feirense on Sunday.
    • 19:31 Manager Alex McLeish and a number of key players have since departed, with McLeish taking over the reins at bitter rivals and Premier League side Aston Villa. Former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is now at the helm with the stated aim of securing an immediate return to the top flight.
    • 19:26 Birmingham booked their place in Europe's secondary contest with victory in the Carling Cup final over Arsenal back in February. However, the joy of lifting their first piece of silverware in 48 years and the subsequent participation the continental competition was swiftly tempered by relegation from the Premier League in May.
    • 19:23 Good evening and welcome to the LIVE commentary of Birmingham City's Europa League qualifier against CD Nacional in Madeira.
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