Euro 2008 Update

08Jun08

Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic

Substitute Vaclav Sverkos gave the Czech Republic a winning start to Euro 2008 with a second-half strike that broke Switzerland’s resistance. Alexander Frei was twice denied by Petr Cech before the Swiss captain was forced off injured and Hakan Yakin headed a chance wide after the break. On 70 minutes Sverkos slotted in a low volley from 12 yards after latching on to a ball over the top of the defence. The Swiss were denied an equaliser when Johan Vonlanthen’s volley hit the bar. And it might prove that the width of the woodwork could be the end of the Swiss, with tough matches against Portugal and Turkey to come in Group A.

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Portugal 2-0 Turkey

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. Turkey, with former Sheffield United midfield man Colin Kazim-Richards prominent, were always in the game but lacked a crucial cutting edge. Substitute Emre Asik wasted Turkey’s best chance with nine minutes left, heading Nihat’s corner wide when unmarked only eight yards out.

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