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  • Date:21 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:National Stadium - Warsaw
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (79)

Live Commentary


Portugal deservedly progress to the semi-final after completely dominating the Czechs. They were slow to get started but soon took total control of the game and created an enormous amount of chances, with Ronaldo once again giving them the cutting edge. They will play either France or Spain in the last four. The Czechs defended valiantly but created virtually nothing and can't argue to be going home.


Full-time: Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal


But it's a woeful set piece and Portugal clear.


The Czechs win a corner after a long ball into the box. Cech has gone forward for it.


Limbersky is booked for a rash challenge on Pereira.


Portugal have made defensive changes but are still attacking and Veloso is the latest man to send a shot from distance way over the bar.


Another substitution for Portugal, with midfielder Meireles coming off for defender Rolando.


Claim for a Portuguese penalty as Ronaldo goes down in the box under a challenge from Gebre Selassie, but referee Howard Webb isn't interested.


Change for the Czechs, who send on Tomas Pekhart for Tomas Hubschman.


Portugal needed that goal because time was starting to work against them. The Czechs have attacked so little that it seems inconceivable they could equalise.


Substitution for Portugal, who replace Nani with Custodio.


Portugal keep pressing and now Pereira draws a save from Cech with a right-foot shot from an angle.


Finally Portugal break through - and it's thanks to a brilliant run down the right channel from Moutinho, who collects the ball from Pereira and crosses to the penalty spot, where Ronaldo beats Cech with a header into the ground and then up into the roof of the net. Well contructed and well deserved.


Goal! Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal (Cristiano Ronaldo)


It's all Portugal again now, who are stroking the ball around the final third until an opportunity presents itself. The Czechs are defending frantically - and well at the moment.


Great opportunity for Nani to cross to the unmarked Almeida, but he took his eye off the ball and his cross went out of play. Big missed chance.


Great chance for Nani. The Manchester United man was played in on goal by Meireles but his shot was diverted up and over by Kadlec. Great last-ditch defending.


Portugal have aborted their shoot-on-sight policy and are now adopting a more considered approach to their build-up. They have just worked the ball into the box for Ronaldo to pull it back for Meireles, but the Chelsea midfielder shot over.


Chance for Portugal as Ronaldo connects with Nani's cross from the right at the near post, but he fails to get a clean connection and steers his effort wide.


Kadlec is down for the Czechs after being wiped out by Cech, who had raced out of his goal to clear a high ball from deep with Ronaldo lurking. Very assertive goalkeeping.


Another spurned opportunity from Almeida, who heads Coentrao's cross from deep on the left well wide when unmarked in the box.


Great effort from Moutinho, who lets fly from 30 yards but sees his goalbound right-footed effort tipped over by Cech. Good save.


The Czechs are finally fighting back and are seeing more of the ball. Baros has just driven forward from deep and shot at goal, but his right-footed effort was always rising over the bar.


Change for the Czechs, who replace Darida with Jan Rezek.


But the Czechs counter through Pilar, who goes past both Joao Pereira and Pepe on the left but sees his cross intercepted. Great play and a great chance for the Czechs. They need more of that sort of injection of pace.


Portugal score - but Almeida's diving header from Nani's cross is ruled out for offside. Good decision.


Nani takes his turn to shoot from 30 yards and draws a smart save from Cech with a rasping right-foot effort.


The Czechs have no attacking threat here whatsoever. It almost looks as if they're already playing for penalties.


Now Meireles tries his luck from distance, firing a half-cleared corner back over Cech's crossbar. All one-way traffic here.


Ronaldo has another effort from over 30 yards out, but it deflects off Kadlec and out for a corner.


Chance for Portugal as Meireles plays Ronaldo in behind the Czech defence, but he was under pressure and the ball was bouncing, and he could only scoop his right-footed effort over the bar.


The Czechs have finally managed to get out of their own half but are still looking inept up front and so can't retain possession, so the Portuguese have it again. The Czechs will do well to keep them out in this half.


Ronaldo hits the post! The Real Madrid man's second free-kick beats Cech at his left-hand post but hits the outside of the woodwork and goes out of play.


A Ronaldo free-kick 35 yards out is handled by Darida in the wall, so he now has another free-kick, this time from 30 yards.


The Czechs have hardly touched the ball so far this half. Portugal have started very strongly.


It's been a fairly even game so far, with the Czechs starting stronger but the Portuguese finishing on top. Portugal look a much more dangerous side going forward but their joy is being limited to the flanks and crosses into the box. The Czechs, meanwhile, have kept the centre of the pitch tight but are lacking a cutting edge up front.


Half-time: Czech Republic 0-0 Portugal


Portugal kick-off and go straight on the attack down the left flank through Raul Meireles, who crosses for the unmarked Almeida, but his header is inexplicably wide.


Ronaldo hits the post! The Real Madrid man collected a high ball from deep from Miguel Veloso, juggled the ball past Michal Kadlec and then rattled a low shot against the base of the near post. Phenomenal skill.


Portugal are dominating possession and shifitng the ball around the final third as they look to take the lead before the break, but they are still struggling to penetrate the Czech defence.


Claim for a penalty for Portugal as Nani goes down in the box under a challenge from Limbersky, but replays show the Manchester United winger went down too easily.


Postiga is stretchered off and replaced by Hugo Almeida.


Injury scare for Portugal as Helder Postiga goes down holding the back of his thigh.


The Czechs have lost their way a bit. They're struggling to get as many men forward as they were earlier in the game and are looking increasingly edgy with the ball in the final third.


Another chance for Ronaldo, who fires a free-kick from 35 yards comfortably wide of Cech's right-hand post. Portugal on top now.


Portugal are starting to pin the Czechs back now but are being met with a red wall at every turn, so inevitably have to move the ball wide and cross.


Great chance for Portugal as the Czechs fail to clear a series of crosses into the box and Pepe nudges the ball forward for Ronaldo to send a spectacular overhead kick a couple of feet wide.


Theodor Gebre Selassie sprints past Coentrao on the Czech right and crosses low for Vaclav Pilar, but Pepe spots the danger and cuts it out at the near post. Great opening for the Czechs there.


And a yellow card for Miguel Veloso now for a late barge on Darida.


Nani is booked for an over-zealous challenge on David Limbersky.


Chance for Portugal as Ronaldo is played in behind the Czech defence for the first time and draws a good save from Cech with a right-foot shot, but he was flagged offside anyway.


Coentrao is looking dangerous for Portugal from left-back. He has just raided forward and swung in a cross that was deflected towards goal, but Cech managed to backtrack to safely claim the ball.


The Czechs aren't letting Portugal settle on the ball and so they can't build up rhythm. Neither side has managed to assume the ascendancy so far.


Another scare for Portugal as Vladimir Darida crosses from the right but Milan Baros just can't get a toe to the ball having got goalside of Pepe.


Scare for Portugal as the Czechs swing a corner in from the left and Ronaldo rises above even his own goalkeeper to get a slight touch on it to lift it across goal and out of play at the back post for another corner.


Portugal are all about width and are playing the ball to Nani and Ronaldo on the flanks almost as soon as they get it. The Czechs don't look in awe of players like Ronaldo, though, and are stroking the ball around confidently, without causing Portugal any problems.


Portugal have now taken over control of possession and are probing down the left through Nani and Fabio Coentrao. Nani has just teed up Joao Moutinho, but his shot from the edge of the box was easily saved by Petr Cech.


Both teams are pressing each other furiously in possession but it's the Czechs who are having greater success and seeing more of the ball. Ronaldo has just scowled at a team-mate who carelessly passed the ball out of play.


The Czechs are looking confident early on but are lacking quality in their passing, which is enabling Portugal to break up the play. The Portuguese are yet to spend any sustained time on the ball.


The Czechs push forward and mount a somewhat disjointed attack but win a corner from it. They opted to play it short but eventually lost the ball. They have certainly started with urgency, though.


And we're under way in Warsaw, with the Czechs kicking off but immediately playing the ball long out of defence and surrendering possession.

We've had the two national anthems and are about ready to get under way. The Czechs will be in all red, with Portugal in a changed strip of white.

The two teams are in the tunnel so kick-off is only minutes away now. Petr Cech and Ronaldo are the two captains.

Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo could be forgiven for feeling tired tonight, having played more minutes than any other player in Europe over the past 12 months - a total of 6,030.

This isn't the first time the two nations have met at this stage of a European Championships. Back in 1996, Karel Poborsky scored the only goal of the game as the Czechs beat Portugal 1-0 in Birmingham to progress to the semi-final.

The Czechs may have won Group A, but they did so with a negative goal difference, having conceded five goals. Meanwhile, both teams have shown strong powers of recovery in the tournament so far, having both bounced back from defeats in their opening games to qualify for the knockout phase. Portugal were beaten 1-0 by the Germans in their first match.

And here is the Portugal team: (4-3-3) Rui Patricio; Joao Pereira, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao; Meireles, Veloso, Joao Moutinho; Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo. Subs: Eduardo, Custodio, Almeida, Quaresma, Nelson Oliveira, Ricardo Costa, Rolando, Ruben Micael, Varela, Miguel Lopes, Hugo Viana, Beto.

This is how the Czechs will line up: (4-2-3-1) Cech; Gebre Selassie, Sivok, Kadlec, Limbersky; Hubschman, Plasil; Jiracek, Darida, Pilar; Baros. Subs: Lastuvka, Suchy, Hubnik, Necid, Rezek, Rosicky, Petrzela, Rajtoral, Kolar, Pekhart, Lafata, Drobny.

The Czechs have made one change to the team that beat Poland, with Vladimir Darida replacing Daniel Kolar in midfield. Tomas Rosicky is still out with an Achilles injury. Portugal, meanwhile, are unchanged from the team that beat the Netherlands 2-1.

Welcome along to our coverage of the first Euro 2012 quarter-final, between the Czech Republic and Portugal in Warsaw. The Czechs topped Group A after beating hosts Poland 1-0 in their final game, while Portugal were runners-up in Group B having lost to Germany but then beaten Denmark and the Netherlands.

The teams are on their way back out so the second half is just moments away now.

**Provisional teams until kick-off

Czech Republic

  • Michal Bilek Coach
  • Petr Cech Goal
  • Theodor Gebre Selassie Defender
  • Tomas Sivok Defender
  • Michal Kadlec Defender
  • David Limbersky Defender
  • Petr Jiracek Midfielder
  • Tomas Hubschman Midfielder
  • Vladimír Darida Midfielder
  • Jaroslav Plasil Midfielder
  • Vaclav Pilar Midfielder
  • Milan Baros Forward
  • Jan Lastuvka Substitute
  • Jaroslav Drobny Substitute
  • Marek Suchy Substitute
  • Roman Hubník Substitute
  • Tomas Necid Substitute
  • Tomas Rosicky Substitute
  • Milan Petrzela Substitute
  • Frantisek Rajtoral Substitute
  • Daniel Kolar Substitute
  • David Lafata Substitute
  • Jan Rezek
  • Tomas Pekhart


  • Paulo Bento Coach
  • Rui Patricio Goal
  • Joao Pereira Defender
  • Pepe Defender
  • Bruno Alves Defender
  • Fabio Coentrao Defender
  • Raul Meireles Midfielder
  • Miguel Veloso Midfielder
  • Joao Moutinho Midfielder
  • Nani Forward
  • Helder Postiga Forward
  • Cristiano Ronaldo Forward
  • Eduardo Substitute
  • Beto Substitute
  • Ricardo Quaresma Substitute
  • Nelson Oliveira Substitute
  • Ricardo Costa Substitute
  • Ruben Micael Substitute
  • Silvestre Varela Substitute
  • Miguel Lopes Substitute
  • Hugo Viana Substitute
  • Hugo Almeida Substitute who played
  • Custódio Substitute who played
  • Rolando Substitute who played

Match Report

Ronaldo roadshow blitzes Czechs
Portugal fans and neutrals alike hoping for a splash edition of the Cristiano Ronaldo roadshow had their appetite satisfied as he single-handedly steered his country into the Euro 2012 semi-finals by beating the Czech Republic 1-0.
Ronaldo showed the same kind of sparkle that saw the Portugal captain dominate play and claim a brace in his team's 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands last Sunday - goals he had dedicated to his son, who turned two the same day.
So often maligned for failing to recapture his Real Madrid form when wearing the Portugal shirt, Ronaldo's 79th-minute header took his Euro 2012 tally to three, making him joint top scorer with Germany's Mario Gomez - plus Russia's Alan Dzagoev and Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, whose teams failed to advance from the group stage.
A divisive figure around whom Portugal are often accused of creating a cult of personality, Ronaldo won the loudest cheer from his fans in Warsaw's National Stadium when the announcer reeled off each squad, but earned catcalls from Czech supporters when he stepped up to take free kicks.
The high-profile player - officially the most-tweeted at Euro 2012 according to UEFA - is often a target for his opponents' supporters.
Denmark's fans even tried to get under his skin by chanting the name of his nemesis in the Spanish league, Lionel Messi, during their country's 3-2 loss to Portugal last week.
That, coupled with repeated media criticism, has led Portugal to rally round their captain and, earlier in the tournament, to shun the press in protest - though the man himself did speak to Portuguese television.
The 27-year-old striker struggled early in the half against the Czechs in part because of the lacklustre performance of his team-mates.
The frustration showed as he and Czech defender Petr Jiracek avoided a booking from referee Howard Webb after they angrily pawed at each other in front the Czechs' goal.
He was finally to find his stride 25 minutes in, when midfielder Joao Moutinho fed him the ball, only for Czech keeper and captain Petr Cech to block his strike.
Eight minutes later his attempted bicycle kick went wide, followed almost immediately by an off-target free kick.
Seconds into stoppage time, he notched up a sublime effort while beating a cluster of defenders, chesting the ball and tapping it into the line of fire - only to blast against the post.
After the return from the dressing room, Ronaldo showed his hunger was rising, shooting a free kick wide, and setting up a string of further attacks.
Dominating play, Portugal continued to pound the Czech defence, and Moutinho's cross found an advancing Ronaldo, who leapt to take the header, beating a floundering Cech to take Portugal through.





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