Nacional 0-0 Birmingham

Caldwell (left) and Chris Wood were both denied by the woodwork

Birmingham earned a valuable draw in Portugal in their first major European game for 49 years.

And the Blues could have even taken an advantage into the Europa League play-off second leg game after hitting the woodwork three times.

Steven Caldwell headed against the bar from a Jean Beausejour corner in the first half.

Striker Chris Wood hit the post twice, the first from a free-kick and then a header from Chris Burke's delivery.

The Portuguese side made a good start when Mateus da Costa was denied by a well-timed challenge by defender Curtis Davies in the area.

The Championship side fought back with Davies bringing a good save out of home goalkeeper Elisson, before Caldwell and Wood both struck the woodwork.

Wood struck the post with a header again and then fired an effort across the face of goal.

The Blues came close to snatching victory in the last five minutes when Caldwell headed Beausejour's free-kick a foot over the bar.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (3)

Nacional

  • 01 Elisson
  • 03 Felipe Lopes
  • 04 Danielson
  • 05 Nuno Pinto
  • 07 Mihelic (Diego - 46' )
  • 08 Skolnik (Elizeu - 46' )
  • 22 Joao Aurelio Booked
  • 88 Luis Alberto
  • 09 Mateus
  • 18 Rondon
  • 20 Costa Booked (Candeias - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Valverde
  • 33 Luis Neto
  • 06 Todorovic
  • 11 Candeias
  • 66 Elizeu
  • 10 Diego
  • 23 Oliver

Birmingham City

  • 01 Myhill
  • 02 Carr Booked
  • 03 Murphy
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 06 Ridgewell Booked
  • 23 Spector
  • 24 Davies
  • 07 Burke
  • 11 Beausejour Booked
  • 22 Redmond
  • 39 Wood

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 37 Hubbins
  • 18 Fahey
  • 20 Valles Prat
  • 17 Rooney
  • 25 Asante
  • 36 Jervis
Ref: Milorad Mazic
Att: 4,000

Match Stats

Shots

12 10

On target

4 3

Corners

8 5

Fouls

14 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:04 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +1:13

Foul by da Costa Mateus on David Murphy, free kick awarded. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.

85:26

Aliste Felipe Lopes concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Wood. Jean Beausejour produces a cross, Steven Caldwell produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

84:15

Unfair challenge on Chris Wood by Batista Elizeu results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Carr.

82:07

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

80:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ferreira Danielson on Chris Wood. Jean Beausejour produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Rosa Elisson makes a comfortable save.

76:40

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from de Lima Diego Barcelos.

76:40 Booking

Booking Stephen Carr goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

76:35

Stephen Carr concedes a free kick for a foul on da Costa Mateus.

74:08

Shot from close range by da Costa Mateus clears the bar.

72:32

The ball is sent over by Chris Burke.

70:38

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jean Beausejour, clearance made by Batista Elizeu.

70:38 Booking

Booking Miguel Joao Aurelio is booked.

70:31

Chris Wood fouled by Miguel Joao Aurelio, the ref awards a free kick.

69:28

Corner taken right-footed by Daniel Candeias from the right by-line, Chris Burke manages to make a clearance.

68:31 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Candeias is brought on as a substitute for Jose Edgar Costa.

67:28

The referee blows for offside against Chris Wood. Indirect free kick taken by Rosa Elisson.

65:58

Outswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the left by-line, Curtis Davies produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

65:05

Foul by Chris Wood on Ferreira Danielson, free kick awarded. Rosa Elisson takes the direct free kick.

64:01

Corner from the right by-line taken by Miguel Nuno Pinto, save made by Boaz Myhill.

62:18

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jose Edgar Costa.

61:02

Foul by David Murphy on Jose Edgar Costa, free kick awarded. Miguel Nuno Pinto crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

59:06

Mario Rondon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.

57:33

Outswinging corner taken by Miguel Nuno Pinto. Jose Edgar Costa has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

55:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on da Costa Mateus by Stephen Carr. Direct free kick taken by Ferreira Danielson.

55:32

Close range effort by Chris Wood misses to the left of the target.

54:49

The referee blows for offside against Nathan Redmond. Rosa Elisson takes the indirect free kick.

54:07

Jonathan Spector fouled by Dos Santos Luis Alberto, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.

52:59

Free kick taken by Rosa Elisson.

52:59 Booking

Booking Liam Ridgewell is cautioned.

52:26

Foul by Chris Wood on Aliste Felipe Lopes, free kick awarded.

47:22

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Murphy, Close range shot by Steven Caldwell misses to the left of the goal.

47:01

Chris Burke produces a cross, Headed effort from close in by Chris Wood bounces off the post.

46:16

Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Save made by Rosa Elisson.

45:24

Corner taken by Jose Edgar Costa, Ferreira Danielson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Batista Elizeu joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dejan Skolnik.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution De Lima Diego Barcelos on for Rene Mihelic.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:15

Jose Edgar Costa challenges David Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

43:22

Chris Wood takes a shot.

42:36

Free kick taken by Jean Beausejour.

42:36 Booking

Booking Jose Edgar Costa booked.

42:27

Jose Edgar Costa concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Beausejour.

38:27

The official flags Rene Mihelic offside. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

35:49

Foul by Miguel Joao Aurelio on Jean Beausejour, free kick awarded. David Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

34:08

Dejan Skolnik delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel. Effort on goal by Dos Santos Luis Alberto from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

34:08 Booking

Booking Jean Beausejour is cautioned.

34:02

Jean Beausejour challenges Miguel Joao Aurelio unfairly and gives away a free kick.

32:35

David Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Edgar Costa. Free kick crossed left-footed by Dejan Skolnik, comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.

31:44

Jose Edgar Costa fouled by Jean Beausejour, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aliste Felipe Lopes.

30:48

Corner taken left-footed by Dejan Skolnik, Dos Santos Luis Alberto produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

30:00

The ball is sent over by Jose Edgar Costa, Mario Rondon takes a shot. Blocked by Curtis Davies.

28:44

Mario Rondon has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

26:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Wood by Aliste Felipe Lopes. David Murphy takes the free kick.

25:33

Da Costa Mateus concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.

23:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Wood on Rosa Elisson. Rosa Elisson takes the direct free kick.

23:26

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Murphy, Header from inside the area by Steven Caldwell strikes the post.

20:24

David Murphy takes a inswinging corner. The offside flag is raised against Chris Wood. Miguel Joao Aurelio takes the indirect free kick.

18:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Mario Rondon. Free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.

17:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on da Costa Mateus by Jonathan Spector. Miguel Nuno Pinto takes the direct free kick.

16:15

Corner taken by David Murphy.

15:32

Miguel Nuno Pinto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke. Free kick taken by Curtis Davies.

13:27

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jose Edgar Costa. Chris Wood takes the indirect free kick.

11:07

Dos Santos Luis Alberto takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

10:21

David Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Miguel Joao Aurelio. Miguel Joao Aurelio takes the free kick.

9:07

Jean Beausejour gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dos Santos Luis Alberto. Dejan Skolnik restarts play with the free kick.

6:30

Chris Burke takes a shot. Save made by Rosa Elisson.

6:03

Dos Santos Luis Alberto takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.

4:14

Corner taken by Dos Santos Luis Alberto from the right by-line, Ferreira Danielson takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.

1:51

Short corner taken by Dejan Skolnik from the right by-line. Ferreira Danielson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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