Preview: 1st UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final – Czech Republic Vs PortugalJune 22, 2012
After much debate and prediction about who will be qualifiers from each group of Euro 2012 finally, all the groups are ready with their qualifiers to compete in the eliminator round and now, this is the time to cut down the number into half. On the basis of the pre scheduled first quarter final match between Group A topper and Group B second placed, Czech Republic and Portugal will face each other at National Stadium, Warsaw for the first quarter final match of this tournament. The match will be played on June 21, 2012 at 18.45 hours GMT.
When Russia almost assured their supporters for a position in the quarter final by smashing Czech Republic in the opening match in 4-1 score line and getting a draw against co-host Poland in the following match, Czech Republic emerged out as a superior team in the other two matches and surprisingly guaranteed their first place in Group A. Making a disappointing start in this tournament, the squad finally came back on track in the following match where they took over Greece in 2-1 which was followed by the most crucial match against co-host Poland. They knocked down their opponent in this match to get an easy qualification for the next round with 6 points in pocket. Coach Michal Bilek is looking ahead to develop his team’s potential so that his team can carry on with the run in this tournament. In the Euro history, this team once won the championship title when they were Czechoslovakia. Once more, when there is a probability for this team to hold the championship trophy, their most striking player, Tomas Rosicky’s presence in the team is a bit doubtful because of his serious injury. He also missed the last match against Poland but when the entire team is worried about his absence, he is not ready to accept that his team’s excellent performance level will be hampered anyway due to his absence. Portugal is invariably a tough opponent to face but the team is ready to take any challenge to make their way into the semi final.
When Czech Republic had once enjoyed the winning flavor in this tournament, Portugal has not yet once the championship title. But, this time they are in full swing to get into the final because they are with their best team in this tournament. Unlike their opponent in the playoff, Portugal also made a disappointing start in this tournament with a loss 1-0 loss against Germany but in the following match, they made a comeback with 3-2 score line against Denmark. In the last group stage match, they crushed down Netherlands in 2-1 and set a match against Group A finalist Czech Republic in the playoff. Captain Cristiano Ronaldo was totally in form in the last match when he hammered two goals in two halves of the match. When he was totally submerged in controversial debate about his poor performance in this tournament, he emerged out as the winning hero in the most crucial match for his team. Now, when the knock-out matches are in front, Portuguese squad is preparing to keep their campaign alive to take home the much coveted Euro 2012 Championship Trophy for the first time in Euro history.
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