Saturday, 7 June 2008

[Euro 2008] Portugal 2-0 Turkey

Losers on the opening day four years ago, Portugal made a sure-footed start to Euro 2008 as second-half strikes from Pepe and substitute Raul Meireles secured all three points against Turkey in Geneva.

Group A - Matchday 1
Stade de Geneve, Geneva
Portugal's Euro 2008 campaign opened in impressive fashion with victory over Turkey in Geneva. Pepe opened the scoring after 61 minutes, surging from defence to beat Turkey keeper Volkan Demirel after a slick exchange with Nuno Gomes. Portugal deserved their win, with Cristiano Ronaldo hitting the post from a first-half free-kick and Gomes twice denied by the woodwork after the break. And Raul Meireles slid home the second in injury time after a flowing move. Portugal were runners-up in their own country to Greece four years ago, but this vibrant performance was a clear statement that they intend to go one better this time around.

Portugal can secure qualification on Wednesday against the Czech Republic, while Turkey play the hosts Switzerland.

Portugal: Ricardo, Bosingwa, Pepe, Carvalho, Ferreira, Petit, Joao Moutinho, Ronaldo, Deco (Fernando Meira 90), Simao (Raul Meireles 82), Nuno Gomes (Nani 68).
Turkey: Demirel, Altintop (Senturk 76), Cetin, Zan (Asik 55), Balta, Kazim-Richards, Emre, Aurelio, Erding (Sarioglu 46), Sanli, Nihat.

[Euro 2008 Group A]

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