Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Portugal: A massacre!

The Czechs pressed more in the opening stages, getting two corners by minute 6' after which Portugal came into the game more, translated in two corners in 10' and 11', after which the Czechs had three more from 16' to 18' and then as the first half wore on, Portugal started to impose their game more and more.

 

Three more corners ensued for the Portuguese, with Cristiano Ronaldo providing the two greatest moments of danger, seeing a shit saved by Cech on 25' and a ball against the foot of the post on 45'.

 

If the Portuguese train started rolling in the middle of the first half, certainly in the second it became a roller-coaster. The Czechs managed a corner on 93'. Until then, a sample of my second-half notes reads as follows:

 

46' Hugo Almeida heads over in front of goal; 48' free kick Cristiano Ronaldo skims the post; 53' Ronaldo creates danger running into the area in front of goal; 55' Ronaldo gets a corner; 57' Cech saves from Nani; 58' Almeida puts the ball in the net, judged offside; 63' Moutinho shot, saved for a corner; 64' corner to Portugal; 74' Nani gets a corner; 79' 1-0 Cristiano Ronaldo scores, heading down a Moutinho cross in front of Cech, the ball bouncing up over the keeper; 82' Cech saves from João Pereira, corner.

 

Now if that isn't a massacre in footballing terms, I don't know what is.

 

Quarter-finals

 

1. Czech Republic 0 Portugal 1 Thursday June 21 in Warsaw

2. Germany v. Greece Friday June 22 in Gdansk

3. Spain v. France Saturday June 23 in Donetsk

4. England v. Italy Sunday June 24 in Kyiv

 

Semi-finals

 

Wednesday June 27 PORTUGAL v.Winner of quarter-final 3

Thursday June 28 Winner of quarter-final 2 and 4

 

Final

  

Sunday July 1

 

 

The Group Phase

 

Group A (FIFA ranking pre-tournament) After 3 games

 

                                   W        D         L          GF       GA      P

Czech Republic (26)  2          0          1          4          5          6

Greece (14)                1          1          1          3          3          4

Russia (11)                  1          1          1          5          3          4

Poland (65)                 0          2          1          2          3          2

 

Games

 

Russia 4             Czech Republic 1

Dzagoev (2)       Pilar

Shirokov

Pavlyuchenko

 

Poland 1              Greece 1

Lewandowski      Salpingidis

 

Czech Republic 2 Greece 1

Jiracek                  Gekas

Pilar

 

Poland 1                             Russia 1

Błaszczykowski                  Dzagoev

 

Czech Republic 1 Poland 0

Jiracek

 

Greece 1 Russia 0

Karagounis

 

Group B (FIFA ranking pre-tournament)

                                   W        D         L          GF       GA      P

Germany (2)              3          0          0          5          2          9

Portugal (5)                2          0          1          5          4          6

Denmark (10)              1          0          2          4          5          3

Netherlands (3)            0          0          3          2          5          0

  

Games

  

Germany 1 Portugal 0

Gomez

Denmark 1            Netherlands 0

Krohn-Dehli

 

Denmark 2    Portugal 3

Bendtner (2)  Pepe, Postiga, Varela

 

Germany 2 Netherlands 1

Gomez (2)  Van Persie

 

Denmark 1    Germany 2

Krohn-Dehli  Podolski, Bender

 

Netherlands 1 Portugal 2

Van der Vaart Ronaldo (2)

 

Group C (FIFA ranking pre-tournament)

 

                                   W        D         L          GF       GA      P

Spain (1)                     2          1          0          6          1          7

Italy (12)                    1          2          0          4          2          5

Croatia (8)                   1          1          1          4          3          4

Rep. Ireland (18)         0          0          3          1          9          0

 

Games

 

Italy 1               Spain 1

Di Natale     Fabregas

 

Croatia 3              Republic of Ireland 1

Mandzukic (2)       St. Ledger

Jelavic

 

Croatia 1      Italy 1

Mandzukic  Pirlo

 

Rep. Ireland 0 Spain 4

                        Torres (2); David Silva; Fabregas

 

Croatia 0 Spain 1

                Navas

 

Italy 2 Rep. Ireland 0

Cassano

Balotelli

 

 Group D (FIFA ranking pre-tournament)

                                   W        D         L          GF       GA      P

England (7)                2          1          0          5          3          7

France (16)                1          1          1          3          3          4

Ukraine (50)                1          0          2          2          4          3

Sweden (17)                1          0          2          5          5          3

 

Games

 

Ukraine 2                    Sweden 1

Shevchenko (2)            Ibrahimovic

 

England 1        France 1

Lescott         Nasri

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Ukraine 0   France 2

                   Ménez; Cabaye

  

England 3   Sweden 2

Carroll,       o.g. Johnson

Walcott      Melberg

Welbeck

 

 

England 1 Ukraine 0

Rooney

 

Sweden 2 France 0

Ibrahimovic

Larsson

  

 

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

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