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Portugal’s Euro 2012: Onto The Semifinals


Portugal defeated the Czech Republic in their quarterfinal game this past Thursday earning themselves a semifinal berth.

The only thing that I was surprised about was the score line. I was expecting the Czechs to score at least one goal and for the game to end 2-1.

That was not the case however as Portugal won the game one-nil. With the lone goal coming from striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

I also thought that the goals would come early in the game but clearly the teams were playing a tight defensive game since we had to wait until the 79th minute to witness the first goal. Funny thing is, although a tight defensive game it was still clearly dominated by Portugal.

What a thing of beauty that goal was! Just when it seemed that Portugal had lost possession deep in the Czech zone, João Moutinho stepped into the ball and got a way from his man to center the ball perfectly in front of Peter Cech’s net.

Waiting for the cross were Hugo Almeida and Cristiano Ronaldo. CR7 showed some amazing athleticism, getting around the defenseman from behind for the diving header.

Ronaldo had an amazing game and the score could have easily been 4-0 what with Cristiano’s wide shot and two shots on the uprights.

Portugal’s next opponent will be Spain, and while they do pose a threat because the Spaniards are such an incredible team, I’m not worried. But before I go on, let’s take a look at the history between these two teams:

Games won: 6
Games drawn: 12
Games lost: 17
Date Match Result Score Competition
18 Dec 1921 Spain v Portugal L 3-1 International
17 Dec 1922 Portugal v Spain L 1-2 International
16 Dec 1923 Spain v Portugal L 3-0 International
17 May 1925 Portugal v Spain L 0-2 International
29 May 1927 Spain v Portugal L 2-0 B v A
10 Jan 1928 Portugal v Spain D 2-2 International
17 Mar 1929 Spain v Portugal L 5-0 International
30 Nov 1930 Portugal v Spain L 0-1 International
02 Apr 1933 Spain v Portugal L 3-0 International
11 Mar 1934 Spain v Portugal L 9-0 FIFA World Cup
18 Mar 1934 Portugal v Spain L 1-2 FIFA World Cup
05 May 1935 Portugal v Spain D 3-3 International
12 Jan 1941 Portugal v Spain D 2-2 International
16 Mar 1941 Spain v Portugal L 5-1 International
13 Mar 1945 Portugal v Spain D 2-2 International
06 May 1945 Spain v Portugal L 4-2 International
26 Jan 1947 Portugal v Spain W 4-1 International
20 Mar 1948 Spain v Portugal L 2-0 International
20 Mar 1949 Portugal v Spain D 1-1 International
02 Apr 1950 Spain v Portugal L 5-1 FIFA World Cup
09 Apr 1950 Portugal v Spain D 2-2 FIFA World Cup
03 Jun 1956 Portugal v Spain W 3-1 International
13 Apr 1958 Spain v Portugal L 1-0 International
15 Nov 1964 Portugal v Spain W 2-1 International
26 Sep 1979 Spain v Portugal D 1-1 International
20 Jun 1981 Portugal v Spain W 2-0 International
17 Jun 1984 Portugal v Spain D 1-1 European Championship
16 Jan 1991 Spain v Portugal D 1-1 International
15 Jan 1992 Portugal v Spain D 0-0 International
19 Jan 1994 Spain v Portugal D 2-2 International
13 Feb 2002 Spain v Portugal D 1-1 International
06 Sep 2003 Portugal v Spain L 0-1 International
20 Jun 2004 Portugal v Spain W 1-0 European Championship
29 Jun 2010 Spain v Portugal L 1-0 FIFA World Cup
17 Nov 2010 Portugal v Spain W 4-0 Internationa

*Source: http://www.11v11.com

Looking at their history, it doesn’t look good for Portugal, having dropped 17 of their 35 prior contests, and it may very well be the end of the line for the Seleccão das Quinas in this Euro. I hope not and as I said, I’m not worried. While the Spaniards may have the advantage historically, they are also missing key players in Puyol, Capdevilla and David Villa. All players that were key elements in the previous Euro and World Cup Championships.

Nonetheless, I feel that Portugal will have to step up its offense one more notch and not allow for any counter-attack from Spain. They will have to test Casillas early on to try to get him out of his element.

Let’s see what happens Wednesday!

Força Portugal!

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