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| Matchday 5 | Czech Republic 1 - 3 Portugal | Deco (8'), Ronaldo (63'), Quaresma (91') / Sionko (17')

Post by DeJesus5 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:35 pm



Group A - 11 June 2008

Czech Republic v Portugal

Venue
Stade de Genčve - Geneva



Preview
uefa.com wrote:Brückner tells Czechs to step up

Czech Republic coach Karel Brückner admits his side will have to raise their game if they are to tame Portugal when the Group A pacesetters come face to face at the Stade de Genčve on Wednesday. Brückner's team may have begun their UEFA EURO 2008™ campaign with a victory over Switzerland but his side have received criticism from some sections of the Czech media for putting pragmatism over pizzazz.

Team ethic
"I think it's a bit unfair that we are coming in for criticism after starting off the tournament with a win," Brückner told journalists at Tuesday's news conference in Geneva. "On Saturday, we focused our efforts on getting three points rather than the manner of victory. However, I think if we are realistic we need to improve our game in every area because Portugal are one of the favourites to win this tournament and it will take a great side to beat them. I admit we are not as strong as them offensively but that does not mean we are a weaker team. We are strong defensively, play well as a unit and are clever tactically, so it has the makings of a very close game."

Creative edge
Brückner has the luxury of being able to select from a full squad going into the match and is expected to name an unchanged side, keeping faith with forward Jan Koller in attack and, for the moment at least, leaving Milan Baroš – top scorer in the last edition of the EURO – kicking his heels on the bench. The coach laughed off suggestions Portugal's front line would have too much energy for his players. "Portugal have excellent forwards but we are ready for them after our rest," he said. "They are not a difficult team to prepare for from a tactical perspective because they are quite predictable. Perhaps we have to be more creative to win this game but I have faith in my team."

Physical quality
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is also likely to pick the same lineup as his charges attempt to move clear at the top of Group A with a win. The Brazilian was delighted with his team's opening-day success and considers swift counterattacking football the key to unlocking the Czechs. "We have to make the most of our technical qualities," he said. "It will be the same team as the one that beat Turkey but we always know we have quality on the bench in the likes of Fernando Meira. His physical presence could be important later in the game because the average height of the Czech team is 1.84m."

Revenge mission
Scolari predicts that the Czech Republic will provide stern opposition and added: "They are a very physical side but all my squad are in good condition and just because they are physical does not mean we will change our style. They have done well in previous tournaments and it will be a very balanced game." The Portuguese remember with some regret their defeat by the Czechs at the quarter-final stage of EURO '96™, when Karel Poborský's extravagant lob secured a 1-0 victory. Wednesday evening is the perfect opportunity to exact revenge.


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Re: | Matchday 5 | Czech Republic 1 - 3 Portugal | Deco (8'), Ronaldo (63'), Quaresma (91') / Sionko (17')

Post by Ferreira86 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:38 pm

3 hrs to go baby. forca portugal. nono golos to score. and ronaldo to score from a free kick.
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Post by DeJesus5 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:40 pm

Gnna be such a tough game. The Czech's are gnna hold back and defend alot I think, we just gnna need to be patient.

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Post by DeJesus5 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:04 pm

Not the best performance by Portugal but at least we showed we can win without playing particularly well.

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Post by Duzza on Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:24 pm

when they equalised I was worried czech republic would go on and win the whole thing... but nope Very Happy forca portugal
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Post by nobby on Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:31 pm

Deco. A goal and and practically 2 assists...Wheres this criticism coming from ay! He did make quite a few way ward passes, but his contribution to the game more than made up for it.

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Czech Republic 1 - 3 Portugal

Post by DeJesus5 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:32 pm

uefa.com wrote:
Ronaldo show shatters Czechs



Cristiano Ronaldo scored one goal and set up two more to put Portugal on the brink of the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2008™ after a 3-1 win over Group A rivals Czech Republic at the Stade de Genčve.

Low shot
Deco had given Portugal an eighth-minute lead after good work from Ronaldo before Libor Sionko's thumping header levelled proceedings. However, Ronaldo turned on the style in the second half, providing a sublime finish from the edge of the area in the 63rd minute before supplying Ricardo Quaresma to round things off in added time. The win, which leaves Portugal top of Group A with six points, will almost certainly ensure them a last-eight place but it leaves the Czechs with a nervous finish in their final group game against Turkey on Sunday.

Baroš return
While Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari kept faith with the same XI that served him so well in the opener against Turkey, his Czech counterpart, Karel Brückner, dropped Jan Koller in favour of Milan Baroš, top scorer at UEFA EURO 2004™, and elected not to give Václav Svěrkoš the chance to shine from the start despite his winning strike against the Swiss. The Czechs may have registered the first shot on goal after Sionko's mazy run, but it was the Portuguese who delivered the first telling blow with just eight minutes on the clock. The ever-menacing Ronaldo escaped the clutches of his marker down the left side before a swift one-two with Nuno Gomes left the Manchester United FC winger with just Petr Čech to beat. The Czech goalkeeper somehow foiled Ronaldo's effort to waltz around him but the ball fell invitingly for Deco to slot home at the second attempt from close range, giving Scolari's men the perfect start.

Thunderous header
The Czechs, who had clearly targeted Paulo Ferreira as Portugal's weak link down the right, sought an instant response through Marek Jankulovski but, after cleverly making space for himself, he could only send his long-range effort wide of Ricardo's post. The game was developing into an absorbing contest played at a breathtaking pace and it came as no surprise when the Czechs restored parity in the 18th minute. Jaroslav Plašil was the architect, swinging in a vicious corner and Sionko, who had been at the heart of almost every Czech attack, powered a diving header beyond the despairing dive of Ricardo.

Ronaldo rocket
The merits of hard work and a deft touch were apparent in both midfields with Petit always assured on the ball and the Czech trio working tirelessly to close down Portugal's wing quartet whenever they looked threatening. Although Ronaldo had three efforts on goal before the interval, Portugal evidently emerged from their half-time team talk with renewed vigour. First Nuno Gomes, anonymous to that point, had two efforts in quick succession before Scolari's team regained the lead through a combination of young legs and an older head. After wave upon wave of Portuguese attacks, the ball fell to Deco on the right of the area and he weighted his pass perfectly for Ronaldo to supply the smooth finish with a right-foot shot into the bottom left-hand corner of Čech's goal from the edge of the area. It was his 46th goal of an incredible season.

Quaresma slots home
The Czechs threw everything at Portugal in the closing stages but could not find their way past Ricardo and a resolute Portuguese defence and in the final minute, with the entire Czech team committed to an attack, Ronaldo raced clear before squaring to Quaresma who slotted the ball home to complete the victory and put Portugal within touching distance of the last eight.

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Re: | Matchday 5 | Czech Republic 1 - 3 Portugal | Deco (8'), Ronaldo (63'), Quaresma (91') / Sionko (17')

Post by DeJesus5 on Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:33 pm

nobby wrote:Deco. A goal and and practically 2 assists...Wheres this criticism coming from ay! He did make quite a few way ward passes, but his contribution to the game more than made up for it.

I know what you mean. He does have these akward moments, but when he does something right then its just amazing. Ronaldo looked better tonight. Played as a team more, passing the ball around.

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Post by Ferreira86 on Thu Jun 12, 2008 3:32 am

deco i though played poorly today dispite some bits and peices. his pass to ronaldo for the goal was top class but his passing overall today was poor. also he always tried to dribble past the whole team when he had like a few players free.

and quaresma showed why he shouldn't start. his soft as butter. lucky ronaldo felt generous.
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Post by Latino_Heat on Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:16 am

i have nothin really to say, Ferreira86 basically posted what my thoughts were. Either way, pretty good game and a great result. im happy Smile

Since we're safe now in our game this Sunday against the Swiss, im wondering if Scolari is just goin to put on our normal starting 11 or if he's goin to switch acouple of players around to try new things? i dunno

Alls i know is that its lookin like that we may play Germany or Poland in the quarterfinals

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Post by DeJesus5 on Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:45 pm

Latino_Heat wrote:i have nothin really to say, Ferreira86 basically posted what my thoughts were. Either way, pretty good game and a great result. im happy Smile

Since we're safe now in our game this Sunday against the Swiss, im wondering if Scolari is just goin to put on our normal starting 11 or if he's goin to switch acouple of players around to try new things? i dunno

Alls i know is that its lookin like that we may play Germany or Poland in the quarterfinals

Dont' write off Croatia. They are a very good team aswell.

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