Russia became the first team to be eliminated from quarterfinal contention at the European Championship yesterday after a 2-0 defeat to host Portugal, which moved within a point of group leaders Greece and Spain.
Ricardo Oliveira, known as Maniche, scored after seven minutes at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon. Rui Costa added a second in the 89th minute.
Portugal (1-1) must beat Spain (1-0-1) in its final group match to reach the quarterfinals.
"It's going to be a difficult game," Portugal captain Luis Figo said.
Portugal would be only the second host to fail to advance out of the first round (Belgium flopped in 2000). Portugal, a semifinalist in 1984 and 2000, hasn't beaten Spain since 1981. It lost the most recent meeting 3-0 in September, extending the winless streak against its neighbor to six games.
Greece, tied with Spain with four points, tops the standings as it has scored a goal more. Portugal, which lost 2-1 to Greece in the opening game of the tournament, has three points while Russia has none.
Attacking midfielder Deco Souza, brought in to replace Rui Costa, set up Maniche for the opening goal after seven minutes.
Deco collected a loose ball after Aleksei Bugayev headed clear Figo's free kick and passed to Maniche to drill a low shot under goalkeeper Sergei Ovchinnikov.
A minute before halftime Ovchinnikov was shown a red card for handling the ball outside his area.
With one minute remaining, substitute Cristiano Ronaldo crossed for Rui Costa to tap in from two yards.
* SPAIN 1, GREECE 1: Fernando Morientes gave Spain a 28th-minute lead, but Angelos Charisteas scored for the Greeks (1-0-1) after 66 minutes, who are playing in their first major tournament since the 1994 World Cup.
"They scored an unexpected goal but the team kept working," Spain Coach Inaki Saez said. "We didn't have any luck, but the team is on very good form."
Spain controlled the match in the early stages without testing Antonios Nikopolidis in the Greek goal. Defender Ivan Helguera came closest, though failed to get his foot to Vicente Rodriguez's cross three yards from goal.
Three minutes later Spain went ahead. Raul Gonzalez intercepted a pass from Mihalis Kapsis 15 yards from the goal before back-heeling the ball into the path of Morientes. He skipped past a defender and struck a low shot from eight yards.