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Czech Republic vs Portugal

Czech Republic vs Portugal
National Stadium, Warsaw.

After a day of rest we’re back to the serious business of European Championship football; the first quarter-final match of Poland-Ukraine 2012.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo headed Portugal into the semi-final (Photo: Wikipedia)

Both teams reached the finals via the play-offs; both teams lost their opening game; and now one of them will be in the semi-final.

Ronaldo showed his frustration at Portugal’s sloppy passing and then having to head clear for a corner; as Czech Republic posed most of the early attacking threat.

Then on the twenty-fifth minute, Petr Cech threw himself in front of Ronaldo to block a shot at point-blank range; not having heard the whistle from Howard Webb.

Hélder Postiga had to be stretchered off before half-time; with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.

Portugal upped the pressure just before the break; with Ronaldo making a classy swivel turn, only to be denied by the post.

Half-time: Czech Republic 0 – Portugal 0

Portugal started the second-half the way they ended the first; looking for the advantage, before the sixty-minute plus nervousness started to kick in.

For the most part, Czech Republic seemed happy not to concede a goal; some would say: ‘lucky not to’.

The World United Through Football Czech Republic 0 – Portugal 1 (79 mins)
The relentless pressure was like the final straw that broke the camel’s back. From one counter-attack to another. When João Moutinho’s cross was whipped in from the right, Cristiano Ronaldo ran in front of the Czech defence to head down hard and watch the ball bounce over Petr Cech.

Without Ronaldo, this might be a very ordinary Portugal team; but let’s not forget that Moutinho provided the crucial ball.

Portugal are in the semi-finals of Euro 2012 and can sit back and wait to see if they will be playing Spain or France.

Full Time

Czech Republic 0 – Portugal 1

Teams

Travel to Czech Republic
1-Petr Cech; 3-Michal Kadlec, 6-Tomas Sivok, 8-David Limbersky, 2-Theodor Gebre Selassie; 13-Jaroslav Plasil, 17-Tomás Hubschman, 14-Vaclav Pilar, 19-Petr Jiracek; 15-Milan Baros, 22-Vladimir Darida.

Travel to Portugal
12-Rui Patricio; 2-Bruno Alves, 3-Pepe, 5-Fábio Coentrão, 21-Joao Pereira; 4-Miguel Veloso, 8-João Moutinho, 16-Raul Meireles; 7-Cristiano Ronaldo, 23-Hélder Postiga, 17-Nani.

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June 21, 2012 - Posted by | Czech Republic, Euro 2012, Match Reports, Portugal | , , ,

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