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Fiji reach Rugby World Cup quarter-finals despite historic first win for Portugal

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Portugal secured their first World Cup win with a last-gasp 24-23 victory over Fiji on Sunday but the Pacific islanders progressed to the quarter-finals at Australia’s expense courtesy of a losing bonus point.

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Fiji, who move on to a quarter-final against England on Sunday, needed only a single competition point to progress from Pool C but struggled for rhythm against a spirited Portugal team.

Fiji led 23-17 with three minutes remaining after a Mesake Doge try and two Frank Lomani penalties but Portugal winger Rodrigo Marta scored a late try and Samuel Marques converted to secure a famous victory.

The contest was locked up at 3-3 at halftime but early in the second half Portugal scored tries through Raffaele Storti and prop Francisco Fernandes against a single effort from Fijian flanker Levani Botia, who was almost immediately sin-binned.

Read moreRugby World Cup 2023: Guide to the quarter-final fixtures

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