Portugal sprang several surprises when naming their squad on Friday for the midweek friendly with Cameroon.
Valencia snatched a shock 3-2 win at 10-man Barcelona, dealing a huge title blow to Tata Martino’s side.
Ricardo Costa has criticised Miroslav Djukic for not ‘demanding the maximum’ from the Valencia players when he was coach.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento called up uncapped Sporting midfielder William Carvalho in his squad for the play-off with Sweden.
Ricardo Costa has reflected that Valencia’s tendency to over-complicate their play is the reason for their inconsistency.
Round-up: David Villa struck twice as Atletico Madrid stayed hard on the heels of Barcelona with a 5-0 win against Real Betis.
Cristiano Ronaldo was tight-lipped on claims he deliberately got himself booked to ensure his availability for next month's World Cup qualifiers.
Belgium, Germany and Switzerland have secured their places at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with Russia almost certain to join them.
Portugal's hopes of securing automatic qualification for next year's World Cup suffered a major blow in a 1-0 loss to Israel.
Portugal 1 Israel 1 - World Cup qualifying Group F result.
Promising full backs Cedric and Andre Almeida earned first call-ups to Portugal's 25-man squad for the last two World Cup Group F qualifiers against Israel and
Valencia have confirmed that Helder Postiga will almost certainly miss the weekend match with Rayo Vallecano through injury.
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