Two of the teams who managed to qualify for the Euro 2012 play-off route are facing each other in the quarterfinals. Czech Republic and Portugal will be measured on Thursday June 21 at the National Stadium in Warsaw in the Polish capital.
The Czechs come to these instances after advancing as first in Group A with six points. The selection commands Bilek Michel started the tournament with a shocking 4-1 defeat against Russia. The outlook at that time were very different from those that eventually arise. The Russians were eliminated together with Poland, Czech and Greek while still in effect on competition.
In the second game, defeated Czech Republic 2-1 to Greece and closed the group stage against the co-host Poland Jirácek Petr goal in the final of the encounter. Jirácek with teammate Vaclav Pilar have marked all the goals that bears his selection so far the event, with two goals each.
Czech Republic will continue its concentration in Wroclaw, where he played all their matches in Group A and 350 kilometers from Warsaw, where he carried out his quarter-final on Thursday.
Also, the Czechs come to this meeting with David Limberský, Jaroslav Plasil, Tomas Pekhart, Petr Jirácek, Daniel and Tomas Rosicky Kolár admonished, so seeing a yellow card could be lost over the last four in case of advance.
But the most delicate is the Arsenal midfielder, Rosicky, who for the second time against Greece was forced to leave so liable to suffer physically. Later diagnosis is a problem in the Achilles tendon, which prevented him from being against Poland. Your recovery process intensified and carried out in the national capital, Prague. On Tuesday he returned to the concentration of the national team but under total secrecy.
Daniel Kolar was who replaced Tomas Rosicky as 10 start in the match against Poland, behind Milan Baros. After the first game of Czech Republic in the Euro, Bílek left out the central Roman Hubnik to travel to that area and let Michal Kadlec at left to David Limberský. Hütschman keep safe and Plasil in midfield, to Jirácek coming from the right and left by Pilar, with Kolar as edge 10 and Baros, eleven showed in the two most recent games and victories meant for the Czechs.
Meanwhile, Portugal was sparing in his first game against the Germans, who lost the match in 1-0 and with serious problems in the definition. However, for the second game, managed to defeat Denmark, but did not do the simplest way, since a 2-0 advantage were tied, but Silvestre Varela avoided the blunder four minutes from time for 3 – 2 final.
In the last game showed the shortcomings of the Netherlands, which became the biggest disappointment of the tournament, defeating 2-1 with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, who responded to criticism with the doublet and thus become one of the elite players marked in three editions of the Euro, along with his fellow Helder Postiga and Nuno Gomes, the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Frenchman Thierry Henry, Czech Vladimir Smicer and German Jürgen Klinsmann.
Portugal played the group stage in Ukraine, with two games in Lviv and one in Kharkiv. Now it will in the Polish capital as second in Group B, where he finished with six points, three behind leaders Germany. Denmark, which had begun with victory, and the Netherlands, no points, had to return home.
Paulo Bento box with cardboard has Coentrao preventive Fábio, Helder Postiga, Raul Meireles, Joao Pereira and his star Cristiano Ronaldo, who returned to get booked on losing semi-final stage should achieve the qualification.
It will be the third meeting between Czech Republic and Portugal in European Championships:
* Quarter-Final of England 1996: Czech Republic won 1-0
* Group stage of Austria-Switzerland 2008: Portugal won 3-1
A total of 12 times they have faced and parity is impressive, each set won four, tied four others. The Czechs scored 13 goals and accumulate the Portuguese 10.
Czech Republic has four goals scored, divided between two players, Petr Vaclav Jirácek Pilar and have two each.
Portugal has five goals, two of them work from Cristiano Ronaldo, the others are marked Silvestre Varela, Pepe and Helder Postiga.
The Czechs added 15 games without a draw in European Championships since the 0-0 against France in the semifinal of England 1996, and then continue on penalties.
The Portuguese added 9 games without a draw in European Championships since the 2-2 against England in the quarter finals of Portugal 2004, and then continue on penalties.
Cristiano Ronaldo will play their match 94 with Portugal, in the third place match of all time, Rui Costa. Above are Luis Figo (127) and Fernando Couto (110). If a record, Nuno Gomes will equal the Portuguese with the most goals in European Championships with six.
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