Portugal Beat Czech Republic 1-0 in the Euro 2012 Quarter Final
Portugal 1-0 Czech Republic Portugal gained a place in the Euro 2012 semi-finals last Thursday, after beating the Czech Republic in Warsaw. The 1-0 win was granted to Portugal after Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the team at the National Stadium.Neither Portugal nor the Czech Republic created any clear goal chances within the first 15 minutes of the game, but the Czech team appeared to have a better start as Jiracek looked threatening in front of the lively crowd. Portugal's game improved as time went on, as they switched their long-ball approach to concentrated offensive tactics. Cristiano Ronaldo was at the forefront of Portugal's offensive effort, with Real Madrid's star player coming close to scoring with an overhead kick that went a bit wide. This followed a struggling Czech defence trying to clear the corner, before the free kick from 30 yards missed its target. Tickets for the Euro 2012 Semi Finals and Portugal Euro 2012 games can be found in the LiveFootballTickets online shop. Purchase securely online for a guaranteed and authentic ticket to the next Euro 2012 games. Portugal gained control in the second half and fired a number of shots at Cech's goal. Portugal had a hard time breaching the Czech Republic's defence, a defence which had surrendered the largest number of goals in the quarter-finals.When the game entered the last 15 minutes, Portugal were becoming noticeably frustrated at their failing goal efforts. The breakthrough for the team finally came in the 79th minute as Moutinho's cross was met by Ronaldo who fired the ball past Cech into the opposition's goal. The Czechs were unable to manage an equaliser in the final minutes and missed taking the game into extra time. As the game entered the final 15 minutes, Portugal could have been accused of being wasteful, and after still being kept out by the Czechs, were starting to become frustrated. Portugal is going to face France or Spain in the semi-finals with their star players on top form.