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.
09:30 Speed Skating Long Track – 5000 m Male Final – Final11:30 Speed Skating Long Track – 3000 m Female Final – Final Only one day remains for long track speed skating at the Pomeroy Sport Centre for the Canada Winter Games. Day two has come to a close as skaters took part in the mass start events, as well as the men’s 1,500 metre race, and the women’s 1,000 metre race.In the men’s mass start winning gold was Tyson Langelaar of Manitoba with a time of 7:03.64. Taking the silver was Antoine Roger of Quebec in 7:03.91, and winning bronze was Lucas Morin of Saskatchewan as he finished the race in 7:04.02.Winning gold in the women’s mass start was Carolane Gingras of Quebec in 5:20.20. Silver and bronze went to two B.C. skaters as Carolina Hiller and Sara Spence finished with times of 5:20.23, and 5:20.38 respectively.- Advertisement -Taking home the top spot in the women’s 1,000 metre race was Geanne Blais Dufour of Quebec in 1:22.27. Silver and bronze again went to Carolina Hiller and Sara Spence of B.C. They clocked in at 1:23.76, and 1:23.80 for their respective races.Lucas Morin of Saskatchewan won the gold medal in the men’s 1,500 metre race at 1:56.01. Silver went to Alberta’s Kevin Yaholnitsky in 1:56.68, and winning bronze was Antoine Roger of Quebec in 1:56.85. Dawson Creek’s Jacob Graham also took part in the event but the illness that he was dealing with yesterday further hindered him in today’s races as he finished in 2:03.90.As mentioned tomorrow if the final day of long track speed skating at the Pomeroy Sport Centre for the Canada Winter games. The schedule is listed below:Advertisement