Euro 2012 Day 13: Czech Republic V Portugal

Cristiano Rolando looks to lead Portugal to a victory in the first quarter-final match.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro




While Portugal didn't have the best start to the tournament, losing 1-0 in their opening game against Germany, their last game against a startlingly unimpressive Dutch side showcased some of the magic and flair that they are capable of, with star man Cristiano Ronaldo putting in a classy performance that has allowed the squad to progress to the quarter-finals on a high.

Czech Republic

Czech Republic also bounced back from defeat, albeit to a far less impressive side than the Germans, suffering a woeful battering at the hands of Russia. However, they eventually managed to claw themselves up to the top of Group A, inarguably the worst of the tournament, in order to progress.





Paolo Bento: "We are not getting carried away by the euphoria. We are satisfied and proud of what we have done so far. We had a chance to celebrate that result but that time has passed and we are just focusing on what is ahead.

"The game gives us a chance to play for a semi-final spot. I am confident that we will play in the same manner we have done so far, with consistency and humility. If we don't win, we will compliment our opponents."

Czech Republic

Michal Bilek: "Portugal are favourites, they have strong players, but if we repeat the performances against Greece and Poland then we have a good chance of going through."

"I think the key to our recent victories has been on defence. In our first game we left too many spaces and Russia punished us. We learned a lot from that game and I'm sure we will not make the same mistakes."


Predicted Outcome

Portugal will be looking for a win here after escaping the "group of death" alongside Germany, with them hitting fine form at the most opportune of times. They smothered Holland with their powerful play, and with Czech Republic looking unimpressive even in a group as relatively easy as Group A, they will likely struggle in this match.



Czech Republic 9/2, Draw 13/5, Portugal 7/10