Euro Cup 2012: Portugal-Czech - As it happened
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Warsaw (Poland): 90 + 4 min And that is the end of it, Portugal are the first semi-finalists of Euro 2012 courtesy a solitary goal by Cristiano Ronaldo.
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FINAL SCORE: Portugal 1 : 0 Czech Republic
90 + 3 min Corner for Czech Republic, Even Petr Cech comes forward. Too long from Plašil.
90 + 2 min Hugo Almeida (Portugal) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
90 min 4 minutes of added time.
89 min YELLOW CARD for Limberský (Czech Republic).
88 min Rezek (Czech Republic) is penalised for a foul on Miguel Veloso (Portugal). SUBSTITUTION Rolando (in) - Raul Meireles (out) (Portugal).
87 min SUBSTITUTION Pekhart (in) - Hübschman (out) (Czech Republic).
84 min SUBSTITUTION Custódio (in) - Nani (out) (Portugal).
81 min Pereira hits it straight to Cech, good step up by Nani.
79 min GGGOOOOOAAAAALLLL, and it is Cristiano Ronaldo. Diving header by the winger as he connects a Joao Moutinho cross into the box. Ronaldo raced ahead of Alves to get on the end of Moutinho's cross. One bounce past Cech, too strong for the Czech keeper.
75 min Through ball from Meireles, Nani gets space, but again misses.
73 min Hugo Almeida (Portugal) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
71 min Good ball in again, Ronaldo controls but his pass by Meireles is squandered high over the bar.
68 min Cristiano Ronaldo misses again. Yet another effort from the Real Madrid forward who times his run excellently to meet Nani's right-wing cross, but his volleyed effort at the front post is blocked excellently by Michal Kadlec.
66 min Cech races out of his box to parry a great ball in towards Ronaldo, but knocking Kadlec over in the process. The defender is down and looks to be in quite a bit of pain.
62 min Baroš (Czech Republic) misses the target.
61 min SUBSTITUTION Rezek (in) - Darida (out) (Czech Republic).
60 min What a run by Pilar , gets into the box dribbling his way past three defenders, but fails with a cross in.
59 min OFFSIDE as Almeida puts in a diving header past Cech off a Nani cross. Goal disallowed.
58 min Nani shoots after getting acres of space, Cech blocks.
56 min Long range effort from Ronaldo, blocked by Kadlec.
54 min Corner for Portugal, Raul Meireles (Portugal) delivers the corner. Cleared away.
53 min Through ball by Meireles, Ronaldo shoots, over the bar with a mistimed shoot.
51 min Coentrao whips a cross into the box that Cech plucks out of the air. The goalie tries a quick kick to set up his team's counter, and it works fairly well; the Czechs have a throw-in very deep in the Portuguese half.
48 min Another free kick, Good one from CR7, low one to Cech’s left gets hand to it SAVED.
47 min Hübschman (Czech Republic) concedes a free-kick for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal). Fre kick taken by Ronaldo, blocked.
So that is the end of a rather one-sided affair with Portugal being the aggressor. Ronaldo had two good chances, but was denied once by the post as he shot one just wide.
45 + 1 min Skills by Ronaldo, takes it down on his chest, turns around, beats Petr Cech, but denied by the post.
45 min Good play by Nani and Ronaldo as two minutes of added time.
43 min João Pereira (Portugal) is penalised for a foul on Limberský (Czech Republic). Free kick for Cech Republic.
40 min SUBSTITUTION Hugo Almeida (in) - Hélder Postiga (out) (Portugal).Helder Postiga seems to have a hamstring injury.
38 min Good ball in by Kadlec, Long pass, Plašil takes it down but no danger.
35 min Limberský fouls Nani, free kick for Portugal, it is Cristiano Ronaldo range, and he swirls the ball keeping it low, Cech gets a hand to it.
33 min Corner for Portugal, Moutinho takes it. Not a good clearance and Ronaldo tires a bicycle kick, just wide of goal.
28 min Theodor Gebre Selassie is played into space down the right-hand channel and whips in a dangerous low ball, but Portugal centre-back Pepe cuts the ball out brilliantly at the near post.
27 min YELLOW CARD Miguel Veloso (Portugal) is shown a yellow card.
26 min YELLOW CARD for Nani.
24 min Big chance for Ronaldo as he moves forward, and blasts the through pass towards goal, Cech moves forward with a good block.
23 min Coentrão goes past Jirácek and takes a shot, bit of a lob, Cech takes it.
22 min Pilar (Czech Republic) concedes a free-kick for a foul on João Pereira (Portugal).
20 min Corner for Portugal, Jirácek has a tussle with Ronaldo, but too long by Miguel Veloso.
18 min Chance for Czech Republic, Baros slides in, just wide. Corner for Czech.
17 min Corner awarded to Czech Republic, Plašil takes the corner, Rui Patrício pushes it away. But another corner for Czech. Cleared away though.
15 min Good run by Czech forward. First real attack from them.
14 min Czech struggling to get any possession as Nani looking good at the left flank.
12 min Corner for Portugal, short one taken by Nani, Moutinho takes the shot, straight to Cech.
9 min Baroš (Czech Republic) is penalised for a foul on Pepe (Portugal).
7 min Jirácek has a shot on goal, just wide. Jirácek cuts inside very well and shoots towards goal but his effort is deflected out for a corner. Once again it's taken short and the delivery into the box is poor, though Portugal waste the counter through Ronaldo
3 min Pilar (Czech Republic) is flagged for offside.
2 minfirst corner of the match, for Czech Republic.
1 min So we are underway here at Warsaw.
Welcome to the live coverage of the 1st quarterfinal between Portugal and Czech Republic.
Portugal: Rui Patrício, Alves, Pepe, Coentrão, Pereira, Veloso, Moutinho, Meireles, Nani, Ronaldo, Postiga
SUBS: Eduardo, Beto, Costa, Rolando, Lopes, Custódio, Quaresma, Micael, Viana, Almeida, Oliveira, Varela.
Czech Republic: Cech, Gebre Selassie, Kadlec, Sivok, Limberský, Plašil, Pilar, Hübschman, Jirácek, Darida, Baroš
SUBS: Laštuvka, Drobný, Suchý, Hubník, Rajtoral, Rezek, Rosický, Petržela, Kolár, Necid, Pekhart, Lafata.
With Cristiano Ronaldo peaking just at the right time, Portugal go into the quarterfinals against Czech Republic high on confidence. After two goalless games against Germany and Denmark, Ronaldo started to feel the heat but a brace in the last group game against the Dutch gave the Portuguese the bragging rights.
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However, the Czechs will look to reach the semifinals of the tournament for the first time since 2004. To stop Cristiano Ronaldo will be job one for the Czechs if they were to proceed to the semis. They looked set for an early exit from the tournament when they lost 4-1 to Russia in their first match. However, victories over Greece and co-host Poland took them to the quarterfinals.
Czech Republic eliminated Portugal at the same stage of the tournament in 1996 after a narrow 1-0 victory.
Petr Jiracek`s goal after two minutes and 14 seconds against Greece was the joint-third fastest goal in the history of the tournament.
Czech Republic qualified from Group A with a negative goal difference. This also happened at Euro 1996, when the Narodak reached the semi-finals.
Jaroslav Plasil, David Limbersky, Tomas Rosicky, Tomas Pekhart, Petr Jiracek and Daniel Kolar will all incur a suspension should they receive a yellow card.
Portugal`s victories over Denmark and Netherlands came on the back of four defeats in 2012, in which they scored just one goal.
The Seleccao have never failed to advance from the group stage of a European tournament.
Cristiano Ronaldo`s double against Netherlands took him to 34 goals for Portugal, surpassing Luis Figo`s haul for the national team.
Helder Postiga, Ronaldo, Fabio Coentrao, Raul Meireles and Joao Pereira will incur a suspension should they receive a booking.
First Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 15:52
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