Portugal played it’s final Group Stage match against the Netherlands this past Sunday and once again I was unable to watch because I was working. I was kept up to date however by asking a customer whom I noticed was watching the game on his phone. Boy am I glad they won.
I kind of felt bad for the customer I asked. He was wearing a Netherlands jersey.
As I said in my previous post about the Euro, I wasn’t worried about the outcome of the game, I stated that history would play a role on the result, I even supplied a table to show Portugal’s winning record against the Netherlands since 1990.
I have to admit though that I was a bit worried when Van der Vaart scored the first goal. Was I surprised they scored? No, I knew they would get at least one. I knew they were going to push hard. With a win they still would’ve had a chance on goal difference.
I wasn’t even surprised that Van der Vaart scored. As I stated in my previous post, Van Persie was pretty much invisible aside from his one goal.
Speaking of invisible players, the same can be said about Cristiano Ronaldo in the first two games., but the Pride of Madeira did not disappoint last game.
I had told a coworker that he would score two goals, that one would be an absolute beauty and that the other would be embarrassing to Netherlands. His second goal, the one where he stopped the ball in the box, took the defender out of the play with his footwork and still had time to take aim before burying it in the net. Yeah, that was embarrassing in my opinion.
It’s a bit sad for Netherlands. They’re usually such a powerful team, they didn’t even get a single point this Euro.
Portugal will now move onto the quarterfinals and play against the Czech Republic on Thursday, June 21st.
Again, I’m pretty confident but not 100%. With players like Cech, Jiracek, Baros and Plasil, the Czechs can pose a serious threat.
To win their next matchup, Portugal will have to come out hard from the first minute, they will need to get a lead as quickly as they can in the first half and build on it or defend it in the second half.
If they let up a bit as they did in the first two group stage games the Czechs will surely capitalize.
Ronaldo will also have to play to his full abilities from the beginning.
Here’s a look at the history between these two teams:
|23 Jun 1996||Portugal v Czech Republic||L||0-1||European Championship|
|11 Jun 2008||Czech Republic v Portugal||W||1-3||European Championship|
If you look at Portugal’s record vs the Czech Repbulic, they have played two games, winning one and losing as many since 1996.
What about when the Czech Republic was still part of Czechoslovakia?:
|24 Jan 1926||Portugal v Czechoslovakia||D||1-1||A v Amateur|
|12 Jan 1930||Portugal v Czechoslovakia||W||1-0||International|
|25 Apr 1965||Czechoslovakia v Portugal||W||0-1||FIFA World Cup|
|31 Oct 1965||Portugal v Czechoslovakia||D||0-0||FIFA World Cup|
|30 Apr 1975||Czechoslovakia v Portugal||L||5-0||European Championship|
|12 Nov 1975||Portugal v Czechoslovakia||D||1-1||European Championship|
|14 Oct 1984||Portugal v Czechoslovakia||W||2-1||FIFA World Cup|
|25 Sep 1985||Czechoslovakia v Portugal||L||1-0||FIFA World Cup|
|06 Oct 1989||Czechoslovakia v Portugal||L||2-1||FIFA World Cup|
|15 Nov 1989||Portugal v Czechoslovakia||D||0-0||FIFA World Cup|
Not counting the draws they also have a .5oo record splitting the wins down the middle with Czechoslovakia.
I can’t really say by looking at these numbers what will come of this game, I can only hope that Portugal will win.
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