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Venue: Donbass Arena, Donetsk Date: Wednesday, 27 June Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Perhaps that great question will go some way to being answered tonight. Neither of them have won a major competition with their countries, and only one of them has the chance to do so this year. That’s why tonight, all the spotlights are aimed in the direction of the latter, Cristiano Ronaldo.
But if Spain or anyone else thinks that Portugal are a one man team, think again.
The last time these two sides met, Spain sustained their heaviest defeat since 1963, as Paulo Bento’s men walloped them 4-0. The goal scorers, you may ask?
Carlos Martins, a Hélder Postiga double, and Hugo Almeida.
So it isn’t just twinkle toed Ronaldo who writes all the headlines.
Unfortunately for Portugal, Hélder »
- Joseph Dempsey
Portugal have beaten the Czech Republic 1-0 in Warsaw to progress to the Semi-Finals of Euro 2012. Cristiano Ronaldo provided the only goal of the game with a header on 78 minutes to put Portugal deservedly in the lead.
Czech manager Michal Bílek vowed before the match to be defensive to avoid a repeat of the 4-1 mauling they received from Russia in the opening game of the tournament, and he certainly remained true to his word with the Czechs figuratively ‘parking the bus’ against Portugal.
The Czech Republic set out for the game to defend and try to hit Portugal on the counter-attack; a tactic which almost came off, but ultimately it was Ronaldo’s quality which proved the difference. The Czech team didn’t have the quality up front to pose a real threat on the break, with Milan Baros looking a shadow of his former self.
The two wingmen »
- Omar A. Mohamed
2 items from 2012
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