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Semifinal : AET Spain* 0 – 0 Portugal

Semifinal : AET Spain* 0 – 0 Portugal

Teams:
Spain: Casillas, Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Silva, Negredo

Portugal: Patrício; Pereira, Alves, Pepe, Coentrão; Veloso, Moutinho, Meireles; Nani, Ronaldo, Almeida

Spain were the better side in extra-time, when Portugal clung on. Pedro and Navas made a big difference, bringing width, speed and directness. But it was too late and so we have a shootout.

PENALTY KICK!!

Alonso hammers a low shot to the keeper’s left but Patricios saves superbly! Spain 0-0 Portugal.

Moutinho takes an odd baby-steps run-up and then taps it to the keeper’s right … and Casillas emulates his counterpart! Spain 0-0 Portugal.

Iniesta rolls it down the middle as Patricio dives to the corner, confounding another prediction. Spain 1-0 Portugal.

Pepe takes a run-up as if he’s preparing for a long jump and then places a lovely low kick past Casillas’s dive and into the bottom corner. Spain 1-1 Portugal.

Piqué tonks it into the bottom corner. Spain 2-1 Portugal.

Nani. Alves started to walk towards the ball but Nani ordered him back … and then smacked a textbook penalty into the top corner. Spain 2-2 Portugal.

Ramos does the Panenka! Patricio buys it. Spain 3-2 Portugal.

Alves, his turn apparently having come, crashes a powerful shot against the bar. Spain 3-2 Portugal.

Fabregas sends it past Patricio and in off the post! Spain 4-2 Portugal. Spain are through to the final. And Ronaldo didn’t even get to take a kick.

 

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FT Portugal 1 – 0 Czech Republic

FT Portugal 1 – 0 Czech Republic

Painstaking research conducted by someone else reveals that the Czech Republic have been the most dynamic team of Euro 2012 so far, covering more grass than incontinent cows. And while Cristiano Ronaldo spent the first two matches of the tournament suggesting that he couldn’t hit one of said bovines on the backside with a banjo, the Real Madrid stallion found his range in spectacular style during his country’s third group game against the United Nations of Holland, thereby compensating for Portugal’s lack of a decent specialist striker and giving them the look of a top-notch side that is getting it together at exactly the right time.

Portugal’s opponents in tonight’s quarter-final are also drawing inspiration from Chelsea, as the Czech Republic intend deploying all of their dynamism to park a fleet of buses in front of Petr Cech’s goal. Tomas Rosicky will not be fit enough to start, and that no friendly wizard has magicked Jan Koller back into the fray and renewed whatever spell it was that made Milan Baros so deadly eight years ago. Their plot, then, seems to be for Cech to prevail on penalties again. For Portugal’s sake, Ronaldo better have been doing his banjo practice.

Teams:
Czech Republic: Cech; Gebre Selassie, Sivok, Kadlec, Limbersky; Hubshman, Plasil; Jiracek, Darida, Pilar; Baros
Portugal: Patricio; Pereira, Pepe, Alves, Coentrao; Meireles, Veloso, Moutinho; Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo

At 79′, Ronaldo has done it! A fine diving header from 10 yards after Moutinho surged from deep to collect a pass and clip a cross in from the right. Lovely goal! 1-0 For Portugal.

Portugal deservedly swagger into the semi-finals, where they will pose a real threat to either Spain or France. Ronaldo was brilliant but he was not alone: Moutinho and Coentrao were great too. The Czechs defended very well for long periods and, of course, did well to get to this stage. But they never looked like going any farther.

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FT Netherlands 1 – 2 Portugal

FT Netherlands 1 – 2 Portugal

Early at 11′, Robben darted in from the right and again he unselfishly laid it off, this time to Van der Vaart on the edge of the area. He opened up his body and then curled a delicious shot with his left foot into the left corner, the ball bending beautifully past Rui Patricio’s dive. 1-0 for Holland.

It had to happen eventually, and Portugal fully merit this, because they have been the superior side since Holland’s goal. At 28′, the move started from a poor clearance from Willems, who allowed Portugal to come straight back at the creaking Dutch defence. Pereira scooted in from the right and then poked a reverse-pass through to Ronaldo, who had made a cracking run in from the left. He took a touch and then coolly clipped it past the helpless Stekelenburg from close range. 1-1.

At 74′, an aimless Holland attack broke down, Sneijder and Van der Vaart losing it between them. Immediately Portugal broke, Moutinho finding Nani in oodles of space down the right flank. He clipped a sublime pass from right to left towards Ronaldo. He could have hit it first time, but a gentleman always takes his time, and he took the chance in swaggering fashion, cutting inside to leave Van der Wiel on his backside before slamming it into the bottom-left corner from close range. He has been outstanding. 2-1 for Portugal.

A miserable Bert van Marwijk stands on the touchline, a disbelieving look on his face, wondering where it all went wrong. The clues were there tonight: Holland were a bunch of talented strangers, while an effervescent Portugal were so much more than the sum of their parts and fully deserved their win. To be fair, they also had Cristiano Ronaldo in unstoppable form, which tends to be quite useful. He answered his critics with two fine goals to cap a fantastic display and if he continues in this form, Portugal have no reason to fear anyone.

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FT Portugal 3 – 2 Denmark

Tonight it’s a special night for Nicklas Bendtner. He scored twice for Dynamite.

Pepe scored for opener at 24′. Helder Postiga had double the lead by two at 36′.

At 41′, Bendtner brought a new hope for Denmark by scoring from header.

Cristiano Ronaldo had a nightmare tonight. He didn’t do anything that help Portugal to make a score.

A strong header from Nicky B at 80′ made the score tie 2-2.

Finally, the super sub, Varela, had made a screamer at 87′ and brought a Portugal win the match.

However, we have got a one point tonight,

He’s totally better than Ronaldo 😉

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Germany Lead By 1

What a header from Mario Gomez! One-Nil!