Portugal reached the quarterfinals of the European Championships, ousting neighboring Spain with a 1-0 victory yesterday in Lisbon.
Substitute Nuno Gomes scored in the 57th minute, with a low 18-yard shot past Iker Casillas, sparking jubilant celebrations at Jose Alvalade Stadium.
"We have given Portugal a day of joy," said Portugal's Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. "We gave everything we had to give."
Portugal managed to survive a stunning opening game loss to Greece and finished first in its group with six points. Greece and Spain finished with four points each and tied, 1-1, in their game, but the Greeks advanced because they scored more goals overall.
Russia 2, Greece 1 -- In the other Group A game, Greece was upset by Russia in Faro. But the Greeks, the surprise team of Euro 2004, advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time because of Portugal's victory. Russia already was eliminated. Russia's Dmitry Kirichenko scored in the second minute, the fastest goal in European Championship history.