ELBASAN, Albania (AP):Portugal closed in on a spot at the European Championship after midfielder Miguel Veloso scored in injury time to snatch a 1-0 win from Albania in qualifying yesterday.Both teams had hit the woodwork before Veloso headed in substitute Ricardo Quaresma’s pass for the late winner.”I thought the ball was for me, and fortunately, it made it,” Veloso said.Elsewhere, Denmark was stymied by Armenia for a second 0-0 draw in four days, complicating the Danes’ chances to secure a berth for the 2016 tournament with a top-two finish in the group.Portugal increased its lead of Group I to 15 points. Denmark has 12 while Albania has 11, but both Portugal and Albania have a game in hand.Portugal’s Nani hit the goal frame in the 13th minute, while Sokol Cikalleshi of Albania sent a shot off the bar in the 75th.Two minutes later, Cristiano Ronaldo had an opportunity to put Portugal in front, but goalkeeper Etrit Berisha made a save.The victory came exactly one year after Albania stunned Portugal 1-0.Armenia has two points, while Serbia is in last place with one.”After halftime our team had one of its worst matches,” said Denmark coach Morten Olsen. “We failed in the last 20 minutes. The Armenians also proved they can play. The fact they have only got two points must be a mistake.”Portugal hosts Denmark on Oct. 8 when a draw will be enough to qualify, while Albania plays Serbia at home.
Virgin TiVo BoxAnnouncing its quarterly figures, Virgin said that TiVo customers now number 1.5 million, with the increase helping to boost the firm’s revenue and earnings.“We had a good start to the year with accelerated revenue growth, improved churn, and strong free cash flow growth. The great value we provide through our collections packages, which bundle superfast broadband and our next generation TiVo service, has seen new customers join and our existing customers stay loyal to us,” said Virgin Media CEO Neil Berkett.He added “this positive momentum in the business positions us well for our planned merger with Liberty Global” – which was announced earlier this year.In total, Virgin’s revenue was up 3.6% year-on-year to £1.04 billion (€1.22 billion). Operating income increased 14% to £150m, while net income was £139m, up from £7m in the same quarter last year.Virgin added that its paying TV customers increased by 13,700, reaching 3.3 million in the quarter. It also added more HD channels to its TV line-up this year, taking this total to 43, and launched 21 new live channels to its cloud-based entertainment service Virgin TV Anywhere.