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Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

Portugal to play Bosnia in playoff


Krakow Poland — Portugal must beat Bosnia-Herzegovina to reach the 2012 European Championship after UEFA conducted the playoffs draw Thursday.

Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates will travel to Bosnia for the first leg next month in what is a rematch of the countries' 2010 World Cup playoff, which Portugal won 2-0.

Ireland was drawn to play away first against Estonia, which has never reached the finals of a major tournament.

Euro debutant Montenegro will host the second leg against the Czech Republic, while Turkey, a Euro 2008 semifinalist, faces Croatia first in Istanbul.

First-leg matches will be played Nov. 11 or 12. Return games are scheduled Nov. 15.

Winners will complete the 16-nation lineup at the June 8-July 1 tournament co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine in eight cities.

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