Wednesday, 11 June 2008

[Euro 2008] Czech Republic 1-3 Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo scored one goal and set up two more as Portugal qualified for the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 after a 3-1 win over Group A rivals Czech Republic in Geneva.

Group A - Matchday 2
Stade de Geneve, Geneva
Cristiano Ronaldo scored one goal and set up another as Portugal won their second successive match to confirm their place in the last eight. Portugal went ahead on eight minutes when Deco scrambled the ball past keeper Petr Cech at the second attempt. The impressive Libor Sionko headed in from a corner to equalise but Ronaldo restored the lead with a low drive and then set up Ricardo Quaresma to tap in. It was a deserved victory for a Portugal team that improved after the interval and overcame a Czech side that responded to their coach's demand for them to improve after their unconvincing win over Switzerland.

Czech Republic play Turkey on Sunday for a place in the quarter-finals, while Portugal take on co-hosts Switzerland.

Czech Republic: Cech, Grygera, Ujfalusi, Rozehnal, Jankulovski, Galasek (Koller 73), Sionko, Matejovsky (Vlcek 68), Polak, Plasil (Jarolim 85), Baros.
Portugal: Ricardo, Bosingwa, Pepe, Carvalho, Ferreira, Petit, Joao Moutinho (Fernando Meira 74), Ronaldo, Deco, Simao (Quaresma 80), Nuno Gomes (Hugo Almeida 79).

[Euro 2008 Group A]

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