Euro 2008 Update

12Jun08

Czech Republic 1-3 Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo scored one goal and set up another as Portugal won their second successive match.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. The Czechs started well, looking far more purposeful than they had on Saturday, with winger Sionko giving an early warning of his pace and trickery. However, the story was kind of different in the second half, with Portugal making most of their chances and Czechs wasting most of their chances. And soon Portugal regained the lead when Ronaldo clipped in a low shot from just inside the box.  For the Czechs, Milan Baros threatened briefly to revive his excellent form of four years ago but generally he looked as potent as the sluggish Jan Koller, the man he had replaced in the starting line-up. However, it was Portugal who had the final say when Ronaldo broke quickly and squared the ball for Quaresma to slide it into an empty net. With Turkey winning their match Portugal are assured of a berth in the 2nd round.

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Switzerland 1-2 Turkey

Euro 2008 co-hosts Switzerland became the first team knocked out of the competition after they lost to Turkey. The Swiss had taken the lead during a torrential downpour when a low cross slowed on the drenched pitch and allowed Hakan Yakin to tap in. Yakin missed a glorious chance from the same spot and was punished later on when Semih Senturk headed Turkey level. Arda Turan then broke Swiss hearts when he cut inside and scored with a shot in injury-time which took a deflection. Portugal’s win over the Czech Republic earlier on had added to the pressure on the home side as they knew a defeat would result in their elimination. The situation meant the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel was a melting pot of nervous tension and passionate support from the Swiss contingent at the start. There was also an extra element of needle around the game after the two teams were involved in a mass brawl at the final whistle of a World Cup 2006 play-off which the Swiss won on away goals.

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