Portugal 1-0 Win Against Czech Sends Them to Semi-Finals


Cristiano Ronaldo - Celebrates Winning Goal For Portugal

Euro 2012: Portugal 1-0 Win Against Czech Republic Sends Them to Semi-Finals

"We played very well, created a lot of chances and I hit the post twice," said Ronaldo.

"We know it'll be difficult in the next game, but we're very a mature team and we're ready for the fight,"

Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful header 11 minutes from time sent Portugal into the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

After a powerful thunderstorm in the early hours of the morning, accompanied by torrential rain. in the first quarterfinal at Euro 2012, the Czech Republic played Portugal on Thursday resulting in a 1-0 victory for Portugal.

Ronaldo, world’s most expensive player scored his third goal of the tournament, nodding a right-wing Joao Moutinho cross into the net.

The Portuguese who were appearing in their fifth European Championship quarter-final in a row. Portugal will play Spain or France in the last four.

Czech Republic or Portugal v Spain or France EURO 2012 Semi-Final 27 Jun 2012 20:45 Donbass Arena Donetsk, Ukraine

Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky did not make the starting lineup due to an achilles tendon injury. The Arsenal footballer sat on the bench with Vladimir Darida taking his attacking midfield role, just behind Milan Baros. Goalkeeper Petr Cech continues with the armband.

Portugal continues with its 4-3-3 formation. That meansCristiano Ronaldo is part of a three-man attack, alongside center-forward Helder Postiga and former Manchester United teammate Nani on the right. Incidentally, Ronaldo is one of five Portugese players who is a yellow card away from a one match suspension. Fabio Coentrao, Joao Pereira, Helder Postiga and Raul Meireles are the other four.

want to be extra careful not to pick up a card tonight. The record of how many yellow cards each player has is wiped after the quarterfinals.

PORTUGAL: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao, Joao Moutinho, Miguel Veloso, Raul Meireles, Nani, Helder Postiga, Cristiano Ronaldo.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Petr Cech, David Limbersky, Theodor Gebre Selassie, Tomas Sivok, Michal Kadlec, Jaroslav Plasil, Vaclav Pilar, Tomas Hubschman, Petr Jiracek, Vladimir Darida, Milan Baros.

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