Nacional 0-0 Birmingham

Birmingham's Stephen Caldwell (left) reacts next to team-mate Chris Wood
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.

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