Czech Republic v Portugal Match of the Day Live


Czech Republic v Portugal

Gary Lineker introduces live coverage of the first Euro 2012 quarter final between Portugal and Czech Republic.


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Good evening, we've reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 and

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it's time to answer some big questions. How good are Spain? Are

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the Germans re-emerging? Is Ronaldo the best player in the tournament?

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Can England go all the way? And what do the fifth officials

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

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It's all to play for. Tonight we have the first of the quarter-

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finals, and a European Championship first - a last-eight meeting

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between two countries who lost their opening encounters, the Czech

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

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How about that! They have done it, Only one nation won all three of

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their group games, guess who? Yes, of course, Germany. So who better

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to welcome alongside Alan and Lee than our favourite German, Jurgen

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Klinsmann? Always good to see you. Enjoyed the

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tournament so far? Yes, it is wide-open, anything can

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happen. It has been quite open in terms of

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the weightings are playing, we have seen entertaining matches?

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Yes, we have seen the usual big names going through, but also some

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surprises. Holland have been a big disappointment. If you look at all

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the games, anything is possible going forward. Anybody can beat

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anybody. Anybody can even beat Spain!

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It is an unpredictable tournament, but Ronaldo took a bit of time to

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warm up, but he is part of a Portuguese line-up that is

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unchanged for a 4th consecutive game. A special player?

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Absolutely, and what he needs to become a really special player is a

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trophy, a European Championship or World Cup. He has that chance now.

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Against the Germans he was nearly there, and against the duchy was

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phenomenal. Everyone says the Dutch played very openly, but he was

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absolutely fantastic on that left- hand side cutting in and showing

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what a great player he is. We talk about the two a great feat, the

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strength, the power in the air, the shooting ability, but like Jurgen

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says, he has to do it in a major tournament, and this could be at.

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The Czechs were the first team to qualify with a negative goal

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difference. I am sure they have not lost sleep about that. What do you

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think of them? Their first game was an eye-opener,

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and since then they have got better. Any team can beat any team at this

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stage, and they can cause Portugal problems. They have got pace in the

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wide areas with Pilar and Jiracek. Both of them attacked the full-

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backs, so although there is Ronaldo on one side and Nani on the other

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for Portugal, you will see the same for the Czech Republic. They will

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cause some problems. Whether they have got enough, I am not so sure?

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Petr Cech has had a topsy-turvy tournament. He has struggled.

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Yes, he played so well for Chelsea in the Champions League. We all

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know he is a quality goalkeeper, he has come to this tournament in

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great form, and he has been patchy, he really has.

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D'you see goals coming in this game? Portugal have only got one

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clean sheet in 10 games, Ronaldo has caused every game that he plays.

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We have got the Czech Republic who have scored in 12 of their last 13

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matches. I see a couple of goals tonight, I

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guess. Ronaldo is the player to watch. He cuts in from the left-

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hand side and get space. I watched the first to two games of the Czech

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Republic, and they left a lot of space behind their full-backs.

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I think Portugal can go all the way. They have got it could to central

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defenders, they have got a couple of players playing very well, and

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they have Ronaldo. In Warsaw this evening for us is

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the second highest-scorer in European Championship history, Alan

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Shearer, and the second-highest person in European Championship

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history, Jake Humphrey. Welcome back to Warsaw, where the

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tournament kicked off. Tonight, it is a more serious atmosphere. It is

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knockout football, you have played in these games. What is it like for

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the players? The pressure is high. No mistakes

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are allowed. The Steam team's got in by the play-offs, both lost

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their first game, but they are in the quarter-final with a great

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chance of getting to the semi-final. Portugal's hopes rest on the

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shoulders of Ronaldo. I am expecting much the same from

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him. He has numerous attempts on goal, two goals, and I think we

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will be in for a treat. He is not the only one. The Czechs

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have got good wide players as well. Yes, on both the right hand side

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and the left-hand side. PLR has two goals, so we should be a good game.

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-- Pilar. Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk teens he

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barely made it, one win from the semi-finals. -- two teams.

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How do you see it panning out? The cheques will not be as open to

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begin with, but they have got pace on the wings, and they like to bomb

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forward. -- the Czech Republic. Jurgen, sometimes Portugal have

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played very negatively and left Ronaldo isolated. But they have now

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were it appears quite good going forward!

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They need to get him it in the game right from the beginning. If he

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comes in from the left or moves in from the ride, that is the big

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advantage, he can play everywhere. But the other three midfielders

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have to do a lot of work to cover for him and make sure that once

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they lose the ball, they are organised defensively.

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I cannot see that the Czech Republic can handle him. If you

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look at the gain, Portugal against the Dutch, if the Czech Republic

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play open, Portugal will hammer them. I think the Czech Republic

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will start of pretty tight, and I cannot see them pushing a lot of

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players forward. I will do with Portugal as well.

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This quarter-final promises much, it's the Czech Republic versus

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Portugal. The commentators in Warsaw are Martin Keown and

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Petr Cech and Ronaldo a weight. A good evening, everyone, from the

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beautiful national stadium in Warsaw. Hopes and dreams are built

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venue, just as they have been in this competition for these two

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nations. It is only the second time two team is beaten in their first

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game have reached this stage. The roof is closed, it is a lovely

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evening. 50,000 people are here to see if Portugal are indeed a one-

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man team or if the Czech Republic are better than their individual

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proverbs that work here. We have seen what Ronaldo can do, but had

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he done it -- can he dominate the finals like Maradona in 1986? Does

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he have the desire to take the competition by the scruff of the

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neck? A strutting Peacock or a # Nacao valente, imortal.

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# Levantai hoje de novo. # O esplendor de Portugal!

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# Entre as brumas da memoria. # O Patria, sente-se a voz.

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# Dos teus egregios avos. # Que ha-de guiar-te a vitoria!

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# As armas, as armas! # Sobre a terra, sobre o mar.

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# As armas, as armas! # Pela Patria lutar.

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# Contra os canhoes marchar, # Voda huci po lucinach.

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# Bory sumi po skalinach. # V sade skvi se jara kvet.

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# Zemsky raj to na pohled! # A to je ta krasna zeme.

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# Zeme ceska, domov muj. evening, Portugal in their third

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successive quarter-final, a run that started when they got a

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generation were beaten by the Czech Republic in 1996. Then, as now, the

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unsung Czech side improved and made it all away to the final. Tomas

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Rosicky, the captain, is still suffering with an Achilles injury

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picked up against Greece. Vladimir Darida or is preferred. Ethiopian

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born Gebre Selassie has been impressive at right-back. Hubschman

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and Plasil have anchored midfield well in the racing games. -- in

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recent games. The referee is our he will take his place in the team.

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Paulo Bento sticks to the same side he has used on their last five

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competitive games. He turned 43 yesterday. Ronaldo has now made 94

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appearances, and goes into this on in that park, the Czech Republic

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soon took lack game changes on all in red who will kick ass off.

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The majority of travelling fans will support Michal Bilek's t and

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today. The Czech Republic a neighbouring country. But this is

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the first time they have had to play this far north in Europe --

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Euro 2012. The Portuguese manager Paulo Bento, he played very well in

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Euro 2000 when they reached the the quarter-finals of Euro 2012. --

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Bruno Alves is that Zenit St Bruno Alves is that Zenit St

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Against Holland, with all of those great players, he was certainly the

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best on the field that evening. had three fine chances against

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Denmark, he was unlucky not to squad because of doubts before the

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tournament kicked off over Tomas Rosicky -- Vladimir Darida was

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so far in the competition? We were not expecting the Czech Republic to

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go through, so it is a great achievement to reach the quarter-

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finals. I think the Portuguese are quietly confident as they are

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progressing. I see them as the outright winners tonight, but it is

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all about performing on the big defence looked more secure and

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mobiles and moving in from left back. The offside flag raised by

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Mike Mullarkey. A Howard Webb of with a role Meireles on the left. -

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- Meireles on the left. You can see such incredible whip, with Nani on

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one side and Ronaldo on the other their play-offs. Portugal beat

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Bosnia Herzegovina 6-t on aggregate. The Czech Republic went through

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after beating Montenegro 3-0 on aggregate. In qualifying, Petr Cech

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was in fine form and here he has looked shaky. He had his shaky

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moments in Euro 2000 and date as because his father moved to the

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Czech Republic to study medicine. One thing we know about him, he can

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run, just like his namesake. in English football at Tottenham,

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who cost a lot of �0.5 million, and he scored one goal in 19 games. --

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a lot of money, �6.5 million. almost a decoy for Ronaldo when he

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comes into that central position. He just look awesome all over the

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Jiracek. He has come off that right hand side. Plasil of Bordeaux will

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take the corner kick. Gebre Selassie has gone for it. But Baros

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on the edge of the penalty area. break. -- Portugal. Ronaldo

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frustration. Eight minutes into the game and he hasn't really been on

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the ball yet. Meireles looks for Ronaldo. Cut out by Gebre Selassie.

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This is Hubschman, who has been very tidy. He is the man he was

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critical of England's hotel plans, that they didn't base themselves in

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the Ukraine, they based themselves in Poland. Hubschman himself plays

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he was excellent against the Dutch. playing the ball out to the left-

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an errant genius such as Ronaldo? think you can see in Nani, almost

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as if since his older brother has been away from Manchester United,

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he has risen to the occasion and has looked better in this

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tournament than he has for Manchester United. We have seen him

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has just pulled him over, hasn't he? Can he not expect Nani to get -

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- do something to get the ball when he is deliberately blocking it?

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but he has pulled him over. Nani knows a thing or two about diving

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himself. To be fair, we have seen fewer confrontations, by this stage,

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than we have normally had. In recent competitions, the level of

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dissent has been pulled right down, and the pushing and shoving in the

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penalty box at free kicks and corners. I just wonder if the

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officials behind the goal have played a part in that. Although the

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officials behind the goal may look, as you watch on television, to be

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doing nothing, they are in constant communication through radio links

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in these opening exchanges. He is a feeder in that midfield, he has to

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feed those quality players in front TAS. He has been steady in this

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galloped away downfield, Ronaldo had no intention of chasing back

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with him so Helder Postiga had to do it. Nani has come over to the

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left-hand side. Earlier, he was doing the chasing back. They

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recognise, they are feeling for him. When you have a player of that

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quality, you want him fresh on the ball, he cannot be going up and

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

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made 12 starts this season in their his team this season. They won it

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on the last day. Great closing down from Postiga. Interesting that the

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full-backs for the Czech Republic are not really getting forward as

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much as we have seen them do so far in up Portugal in 2004. The Czech

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Republic side went out to Portugal, they were expected -- who were

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players in qualifying, including 11 forwards who shared six goals

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drop --. The Portuguese have just finals, 1996, the Czech Republic

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11-0 at Villa Park, then four years ago, the Portuguese 13-1. Ronaldo

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the only survivor from that team A great noise in here now. Another

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corner for the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic are dangerous

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when they are prepared, they made a run in behind the Portuguese

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defence. They seem much more storm predicted, but the atmosphere

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the goalkeeper, Ronaldo was just in front of them. He is like an NBA

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basketball player, the height he gets from a standing jump. Another

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some very good moments, and Petr Cech at the other red has had some

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shaky ones as well. He did not look comfortable from

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that corner. Ronaldo has got more of a free role than we see him

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

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force things a bit at the moment. each other all over the place then.

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A teasing ball, you just want a strike on the end of it. Pepe is

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deep. Paulo Bento was one of the players banned after that Euro 2000

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semi-final, a six-month ban for trying to wrestle the red card away

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from the referee when he was sending off a team mate after

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you are a defender, Ronaldo is always on the shoulder and there is

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quality at the end of it. 60 goals for Real Madrid this

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situation, Pepe scored from a corner and went close against

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Germany as well. A superman would not have got on

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the end of that cross. That is poor. You have got to pin Ronaldo,

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because he has got incredible leap on him. Jiracek just overdid it

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full-backs are higher up the pitch, they have not really been able to

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do so yet because they have also got the wide men.

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They are almost wingers, they are allowed to spread out like a flower

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in this position. It has to start off with a good ball in the early

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Joao Pereira, and then fouled m. That is what the Czech Republic

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need to do, put it in behind the full-backs who like to push on.

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Alves has no place whatsoever. -- players are kept on from the 2010

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players, they look very suspect defensively. -- when you run at the

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

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deflected, but Cech recovered his ground.

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He always gets a very lucky with this deflection. -- he almost get a

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flash in the stadium. There were blue skies when we'd picked up

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through the glass roof, about 20 minutes before kick-off. Dark this

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is descending. There is an amazing -- was an amazing electric storm

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has made mistakes, he with -- he redeemed himself there, but the

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whistle had gone anyway. Look at the movement of Ronaldo. He

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puts an arm on him. Petr Cech, what a fantastic save. He does not know

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it is a free kick. Two players at the top of their game there.

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Howard Webber gave it, the assistant referee, he did not.

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game, doesn't he? Not the boat -- not the most robust of challenges.

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He makes so much a bit, as they all do these days.

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Nani missed the World Cup finals attracted defenders out of the way,

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but they simply let him go and stayed on Ronaldo. Miguel Veloso

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will get the yellow card. No complaints with that. He does

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not seem like he is at the races. Simply too slow death. -- to slow.

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I think the referee made the right decision with Ronaldo. It took

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three of them to stop him. Neither side is on a great one -- a

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great one of victories. The Portuguese have won three of their

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

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Czech Republic have looked dangerous, but it is almost like

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the Portuguese are drawing you one so they can get pocket of space for

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Ronaldo to run into it. -- pockets Greeks beat Russia famously a few

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hand side, Pepe in the end with great defending. If he doesn't get

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to it, it is in the neck. On that is what they have got to do, I get

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into that area behind them. On an - everything it 10 yards inside their

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midfield. They go man-for-man. They are being forced to play long balls

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and it is difficult to get them under control. It has to be settled

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penalty shoot-outs in European Championship history and have won

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Cech will settle him down, because he has looked a bit nervy, for a

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man of his experience, more than 400 games for Chelsea, that his a

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surprise. There was one stage during last season when we thought

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he had almost switched off, and in Limbersky. All over the pitch,

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little jaws are appearing. -- duels. The Portuguese don't seem to move

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the ball in the same way as she saw the Dutch, the Spanish and the

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of occasions to have a go at goal - have had nine corners in the

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opening 32 minutes and chances have been few and far between. Jiracek

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with a deflected shot, an effort stick, back across the face of goal

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by Limbersky. Pepe in there again, Rinaldo! He was onside. -- Ron Albu.

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It would have been a goal befitting a maestro. Sloppiness from the

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defender there. What is Gebre Selassie doing? He will punish you

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effort, wasn't it? 34 goals for nine out of 10 supporters wanted

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Nani riders on the floor. -- writhes. He got across his five.

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And the follow-up caught his ankle, he will make the most of bed. Just

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to let the referee know. -- Make Ronaldo. He has an emblem where his

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name is spent out and the letter H is replaced by a shadowed figure in

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this pose -- letter A. The posing, preening, prolific Ronaldo. Is this

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terms of power. You never know what he's going to do it from this area.

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It is swerving around away from the leading a band at their. Of -- the

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Czech supporters are leaping up and there. He is a changed man, he digs

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in deep now. He was previously criticised for his attitude,

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accused of being more interested in shoes than football. What do you

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make of a Vladimir Darida's entrance into Euro 2012? He has

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looked impressive, he has got pace and he wants to get forward and he

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has been a useful addition to this season in Russian football with

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Carlos Martins, who is out of the and just did it at the wrong moment.

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let his team mate know. Gebre Selassie had to think about it, it

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seems to be a problem for him. He just needs to get it out of his

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speed, get down that right hand side and get crosses in. -- out of

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not seen much of Pilar. He is best sort of Arshad then, very good

:53:44.:53:54.
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player but not in the game. -- he middle. It is Helder Postiga, is

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it? He is holding the back of his five. -- thigh. It is a

:54:15.:54:25.
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professional's nightmare, it is little sprint, tries to get beyond

:54:30.:54:34.

the defender and bank goes a hamstring. He has not made it

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through a game here without going off. The usual substitution for

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Portugal is to bring on Nelson Oliveira at around the 70 minute

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mark. He is going to have to make Almeida ready. It will be Hugo

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Almeida who comes on and he is a more experienced optioned for this

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stage of the game. He is 27 years of age, he has been around a long

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while. He made his debut against England some 80 years ago. He has

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not been a great score at international level -- eight years

:55:49.:55:56.

ago. He is now with the Sheikh TAS. One would imagine that even they

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get -- if they go through, it could be the end of the tournament four

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Helder Postiga. Almeida comes on. Six foot three, a real target man.

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He will carry on with that central role, much the way Postiga did.

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Czech Republic, Hubschman, he is goal in these finals, just as he

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did four years ago, has gone moment. It certainly has. Deal with

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Moutinho making a run of to the right hand side. Ronaldo has

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-- A. He has looked solid at the back but he will have his work cut

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out now. Just to remind you, you can see England against Italy

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exclusively live on BBC One and BBC One H D on Sunday evening at 7pm.

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All of the England games from now on in there are run the BBC. We

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hope it is not just the one. -- on and has used did poorly. -- used it.

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Just not good enough, you have got to have their top-quality playmaker

:58:38.:58:48.
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in that central midfield and they rebel at his club. He won the title

:58:56.:59:06.
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at Benfica and then fell out with under. A clever ball end towards

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Nani, he has gone down in the box. The man running with him was

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Limbersky. The Portuguese protested long and loud. Should that have

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been a penalty to Portugal? No, he slips. It is a poor first touch.

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For me, he takes a dive. fullback does have his arm on him.

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You would expect him to put his arm across, there is not enough contact

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to go down in the manner he has. have seen them given, though. And

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in a game like this, I think the referee will be have do -- have to

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be absolutely sure of and if it didn't get a good view of it, even

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though he has his assistant behind technology now, but not before time,

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it will not extend to penalty box They are moving the ball quicker

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now. Noticeably so. Yes, that was better.

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We have seen nothing of the Czech It is as if the Portuguese sense

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they have a chance to go in front magnificent! -- Ronaldo! That is

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what we have all been hoping to see, Ronaldo at his brilliant best.

:01:51.:02:01.
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Fantastic swivel, just the post takes it round, it is like he is in

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his own back garden. Get it under control in a flash. He is in a

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league of his own. Scored a two against the Dutch,

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could have had four. It could have of the quarter-finals in Euro 2012,

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0-0. Cristiano Ronaldo hitting the post with a piece of sublime skill.

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Portugal are getting stronger, they sensed victory could be theirs in

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the second half. No goals at the No goals so far, but more

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threatening towards the latter stages of the first half?

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The first 35 minutes, I thought the Czech Republic were the better side,

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they defended well, they attacked in numbers, and I thought they

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passed and moved better than Portugal. Ronaldo, he had one good

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passing move with my tea neo-, and it was a foul, but on that occasion

:03:57.:04:02.

it was the one time when they moved it quickly. It is as if someone's

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wit -- flicked a switch, and they moved it quicker and got the Czech

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Republic turning quicker, and in the last five minutes, they could

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have had a couple of goals, culminating in a wonderful piece of

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skill from Ronaldo to hit the post. The Czech Republic had a game-plan,

:04:19.:04:23.

but it seemed the Portuguese gradually got on top of it?

:04:23.:04:31.

The plan at the beginning was to man-mark Ronaldo. He was surrounded

:04:31.:04:35.

by three or four players, even Gebre Selassie was following him

:04:35.:04:40.

into the middle. But then that when you start to switch positions, you

:04:40.:04:45.

start to lose people, then you have problems, and I think the last 15

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minutes was all Cristiano Ronaldo. It was all him, he took over a

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whole game. He has the skills forehead, and he looks hungry, he

:04:53.:05:01.

wants it badly. He looks angry! I think the Czech

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Republic started really well, created the best move that, got in

:05:04.:05:09.

a couple of times down the sides, but the game plan to stop Ronaldo

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and Nani, especially Ronaldo, has been set up by their full-backs.

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Gebre Selassie basically went man- to-man. In the first 10 minutes it

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Jiracek ends up going back all the way to the left-back position to

:05:36.:05:41.

try and cover. They know what they are doing and are trying to cover

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bad. Gebre Selassie stays tight on You would expect to Gebre Selassie

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to be able to run all day! He is just stay in really tight. All of a

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sudden, with 20 minutes to go before half-time, Ronaldo started

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to move into the middle of it. You do not see that so much now?

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Greece played it in 2004 and won the European Championship with it.

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It works to a certain extent if you have one or two exceptional players

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to mark. One is Ronaldo and the second one is Nani. But it does not

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work if there are three or four players, Spain would kill you. They

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can only focus on Ronaldo and a bit on Nani.

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You can see that when they started to pass it better and quicker, when

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you move them more about the place, they do not know whether you are

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Would you say his exclamation his hunger? You could also argue it is

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petulance. It is passion and hunger and desire.

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It is different body language to what we saw against Germany. He was

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just frustrated and negative. Now he has different body language,

:07:33.:07:41.

even if a team-mate have made a mistake, he encourages him.

:07:41.:07:46.

I did not think that was a foul, it is a good save.

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I think he is a bit unlucky to give a found a way. That is the first

:07:51.:08:01.
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time he got away from Gebre He needs to use his left foot!

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is talent. Four magnificent touches. Wonderful to watch, and it deserved

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a goal. It is a piece of skill that lit up the stadium.

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You said before, Jurgen, that he needs to go and win the European

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Championship or the World Cup to prove he is a great player. Does

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that apply if he does not have that great group of players around him?

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It is much more difficult for Cristiano Ronaldo than it is for

:08:41.:08:50.

Xavi and Iniesta or even for the Germans. Even for the LSE? -- even

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for Lionel Messi? Yes, probably.

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He is a great player. Should Nani have had a penalty?

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Know. It would have been a softer decision. It is a long ball,

:09:09.:09:19.
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Ronaldo chases it. The other angle That might have been a soft one,

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but an interesting stat, 53 fouls inside the penalty area, 52 of them

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committed by Ford's! -- committed by four words!

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From hereon din, and I hope you will consider this good news, every

:09:53.:10:00.

England game will be life on the BBC, hopefully three of them. --

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It is all getting very exciting. Let's get the latest from the

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:10:58.:11:17.

Momentum, it is everything. The pragmatic, be hard to beat. The

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brilliant, p a bit lucky. Be what you have to be, do what you have to

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:11:32.:11:45.

do. Just get through. Remind you of At the Italian base in Krakow, they

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know a thing or two about tournament football. And they see

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something to admire in England. TRANSLATION:, England are the

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favourites. They qualified well, we had difficulties. The only thing we

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have in our hearts is to win, to cultivate this dream that we have.

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Expectations of England? There is no more talking down their chances.

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There have been a group of people who did not think we would do well,

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but anyone who knew our mentality and what we came here to do, it is

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not a surprise. This is part of the plan. The whole point of coming

:12:27.:12:32.

here is not to keep people happy, we have come here to win games and

:12:32.:12:37.

be successful for us and for the country and to make people proud of

:12:37.:12:41.

English football. We do not fear anyone. We have not come here to

:12:41.:12:45.

fear anyone ought to feel inferior. We are a good team and we are here

:12:45.:12:49.

to do well. Tournament football is all about

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sticking around. Too often, this is when England have come unstuck.

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Trevor Brooking said you had a video of Italian penalty-takers.

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When you watch that? I watch it on my own, quite late on

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the day before kick-off. When I have not got a great deal to do! I

:13:12.:13:15.

do my research and know where the Italian players put their penalties,

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but I think anyone can do that if they just click on YouTube. It is

:13:20.:13:25.

all in the moment for me. In practice, have you been saving

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them? I try not to!

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Them is not really a right answer to that!

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I am going to say I have not saved one because they are all brilliant!

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Have you seen England play, Jurgen? Yes, I enjoyed them play in. Them

:13:45.:13:49.

is a different spirit around. A different atmosphere around this

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English side, it seems like they are getting along, there is no

:13:53.:13:57.

controversial stuff going on that, like we had in the last tournament,

:13:57.:14:02.

and they are looking good. Rooney is now back, he is not there yet,

:14:02.:14:07.

in the game against Ukraine he was not deep really want to see, but he

:14:07.:14:12.

can only get better. -- not the Rooney we want to see. They can

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build a belief to say that they can do that. There is no team in that

:14:18.:14:22.

competition you cannot beat. The Italians have not been hugely

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impressive, but they are always difficult to beat.

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The last game, two set pieces. They won the World Cup in 2006 with set

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pieces. Back in Walsall, let's get the

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views of Alan Shearer. -- back in Walsall.

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The substitutes are giving us the most entertaining we have seen.

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What is the problem? The Czech Republic are reluctant to

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break their system, they are quite content to going at 0-0 at half-

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time. From Portugal, I would love to see Contra get a little bit more

:15:00.:15:08.

for it, which will release Ronaldo. -- control. -- contralto. It would

:15:08.:15:13.

take a little bit of magic to break the system down. The Czech Republic

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will be quite happy going into the last five minutes at 0-0.

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Portugal are slack -- shackled by their own sluggish this?

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We have not seen at Jiracek or Pilar break free from the system,

:15:29.:15:35.

and we have also not seen much from Nani or Fabio Coentrao getting

:15:35.:15:40.

forward, and I hope the manager will wanted to get forward and we

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will see something brilliant from Ronaldo.

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There has not been much so far. You get the impression that Portugal

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can do it. How can the Czech Republic beat them?

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They can release the two white Ben, and we have not really seen them

:15:57.:16:00.

get forward. Gebre Selassie has been getting forward in previous

:16:00.:16:06.

games, he has only done it once so far. We have not seen much of

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Ronaldo working backwards. There is not much for the Czech

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The guys mentioned about the wide players for the Czechs, that is

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something you look at. It has not been their normal wing play.

:16:26.:16:31.

Jiracek are going down the left- hand side, when Ze corner. On the

:16:32.:16:35.

other side, Darida goes down and other side, Darida goes down and

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creates a chance. A decent ball in, just ahead of barrels. And Gebre

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Selassie a, as Alan Shearer said, the one time he did getting, it was

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then that right hand side and that is an invitation to Ronaldo to say

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if he is going forward, I will get space, but it hasn't happened. But

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I think if they are going to get any joy at all, it is in those

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areas. But having said that, Portugal are in the ascendancy.

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they stuck between a rock and a hard place, the Czech Republic? It

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is all well and good to have players back marking the likes of

:17:14.:17:18.

Nani and Ronaldo but it lessens what you have going forward. There

:17:18.:17:23.

is no danger, it is not going to change. They are not pushing up

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enough and I think they will speculate on a set piece, a corner

:17:28.:17:33.

kick to score a goal. We are as Portugal have him. If they play the

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way they did in the last 10 minutes, they will win. Let's hand you back

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to the second half with Martin Keown and Jonathan Pearce.

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JONATHAN PEARCE: Bank you very much, Gary. No changes to the team's --

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thank you. Portugal have already made one substitution with Almeida

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coming on for Postiga, who had a hamstring injury, we believe. And

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the goalmouths are just scuffing up, a little bit bare in patches. Heavy

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rain in Poland during the tournament so far, we had the

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electric storm, but apart from that, the two countries have been poles

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apart, it you will excuse the pun, in terms of temperature. The UK and

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has been taking part. -- the there. He has to score at this

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level from there. A great run by Meireles, he would sit in. He has

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got acres of space, he really should be putting bat away -- he

:18:56.:19:00.

whips it in. The European Championships quarter-final, the

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chances will come at a premium and that one needed to go in from him.

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He scored a couple of what -- in qualifying. He scored 14 in a

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Turkish football this season for Besiktas. It was only at Bremen in

:19:17.:19:21.

German football where he scored regularly in what is a fairly long

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career now. The Czechs were fast asleep at the start. We talked

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about people running with it but Mikel Platini, the highest scorer

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in the history of the European Championships -- Mikel Platini. He

:20:20.:20:30.
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has scored nine, two ahead of Alan anyone is free, he is going to go

:20:47.:20:55.

and nail them. No attempt to play the ball, he certainly blocked off

:20:55.:21:05.
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finals, two European Championship Ronaldo turned quickly with the

:21:30.:21:37.

appeal -- handball against Vladimir Darida. They a good spot by the

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Portugal think he got a fingertip to it but Howard Webb says he

:22:17.:22:24.

didn't. It is a fantastic strike, isn't it? I am not sure he got a

:22:24.:22:30.

hand on that. It just clicked the woodwork again. You really have to

:22:30.:22:34.

the brave as a goalkeeper when he is in that situation. He thunders

:22:35.:22:42.

it, the ball is squirming all over the place. Four times they have hit

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the woodwork now in this competition. All were the efforts,

:22:50.:23:00.
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twice Ronaldo in this game. -- of Tomas Rosicky. He is the only

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game breaker they have on the bench. He will travel with it and he will

:23:13.:23:17.

punish you with his passing, he is a big loss. He is down on the bench

:23:17.:23:27.
:23:27.:24:06.

and he took part in the warm-up Portugal at the moment are keeping

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the Czechs back in their own half. Moving it quickly, that is the

:24:10.:24:20.
:24:20.:24:43.

name of Milan Baros. 30 years of age now. He has looked a bit

:24:43.:24:53.
:24:53.:24:57.

sluggish at times in this discipline in the last couple of

:24:57.:25:01.

years, a couple of brushes with the sort of publicity he wouldn't have

:25:01.:25:11.
:25:11.:25:11.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

:25:11.:26:25.

the Czechs from deep could be a problem, because Pepe only has an

:26:25.:26:30.

eye to pick up the striker, Baros. They were well beaten in their

:26:30.:26:34.

opening game against Russia. They scored two goals early against

:26:34.:26:39.

Greece and were fortunate at times against Poland, but they have been

:26:39.:26:49.
:26:49.:26:56.

disappointing tonight, the Czech great run, he just wants it down.

:26:56.:27:04.

He tries to take it early and put it over. If he had taken the extra

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touch it would have forced the angle into a poorer situation.

:27:09.:27:13.

has come off his shin, he knows the defender is closing him down and he

:27:13.:27:23.
:27:23.:27:27.

has to get the shot off. It is all up and down that line. -- You're a

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:27:38.:28:05.

is all Portugal. 55% of pick-up -- the way back to the goalkeeper

:28:05.:28:15.
:28:15.:28:22.

windows in their earlier days -- wingers. They are both very

:28:23.:28:29.

advanced again. The two centre- backs have only got Baros to deal

:28:29.:28:34.

with and he hasn't really been a threat. This man has, Ronaldo. It

:28:34.:28:39.

is a corner kick again. They are giving him too much space. As soon

:28:39.:28:49.
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as they have the quality to find fantastic effort from there. Just

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beat the keeper for pace. Luckily for Petr Cech, the post was there

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lost in this competition before. Holland's defeat by Denmark. The

:29:43.:29:53.
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Republic don't look like springing any surprise. They have almost

:29:55.:29:59.

giving up trying to attack, they are just staying in the game.

:29:59.:30:03.

Surely Ronaldo will not be on the losing side tonight, the way he has

:30:03.:30:07.

played? If they are banking on going to penalties, there is a long

:30:07.:30:17.
:30:17.:30:17.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

:30:17.:31:40.

officials. Nani just Delaney cross for long enough. -- delaying the

:31:40.:31:50.
:31:50.:31:53.

cross. It is always a joy to see those forwards running offside!

:31:53.:31:56.

And Arsenal centre-half with his hand in the air appealing for

:31:56.:32:06.
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offside. How many times have we and the chance the Czech Republic

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have been waiting for has come and gone.

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A reminder of Pilar's quality, he his father played in the 1996 final

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referee does not agree. Jiracek just coming into the

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central position, causing a problem. It will be a man who has already

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played a role in this competition. Darida comes off, and the man who

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comes on his Jan Rezek. Started the competition, was then dropped to

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the bench after the first 45 the door on Nani. This is a big

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position with Rezek coming on the Republic.

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Very optimistic from Baros. It is high and wide. Almost a desperate

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attempt. This is Nanny's effort goal attempts, but the Czech

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Republic have just come back in terms of possession in the last few

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moving a long way in the air. Good goalkeeping.

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Petr Cech is in the eye of the storm. Another outstanding save.

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Top goalkeeper. Mitie neo- hit it qualifying, that would have been

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his first in the finals. -- Joao Moutinho.

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He should be hitting the back of the net with that. They cannot keep

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giving away these sorts of opportunities. Almeida, shocking

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header. You can watch highlight of

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tomorrow's quarter-final, Germany favourites for the competition, but

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there is a growing belief that the English boys can do it, and why

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but he still gave Cech a panicky moment!

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Yes, the big man got his feet sorted out there. Com is put --, as

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personified, he has got a Champions Kadlec's sales.

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The goalkeeper has to come up for this, he just takes the goalkeeper

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out. He is positive, and I love to he is big and long, he does not

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look as if he is carrying any sort of excess weight at all, he is so

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lean and life, but that is some weight that hits you.

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Goalkeepers always going with any up. Defenders always come off

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second best! I got hit a few times like that myself.

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and he has seen Petr Cech make a couple of very good saves. Portugal

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have had 13 efforts on the Czech goal, the Czechs have just made two,

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Adnan on target. -- and none on target.

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If Petr Cech does not come for that poor, there is a danger that

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Ronaldo flics that on. Grade's the last 20 minutes, Limbersky

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looks as if he is tiring. Nani is to sort his game up, his

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decision-making. Ronaldo appeals for a corner, gets

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it. I think Howard Webb has changed his mind. He has looked up at the

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assistant referee, had a goal kick is now given. Initially, the corner

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flag had been pointed at by the referee.

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I think they have got it wrong. No, a good decision. Maybe there is a

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bit of delay on the extra official getting the decision. -- getting

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the decision proved. The Martin Atkinson is behind the

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goal. They have these radio nothing wrong with that tackle. The

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Portuguese player did not get a shout.

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He just wanted to belong. -- he just wanted to long.

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He has hit his ankle or something. He has been substituted in their

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three games so far, Silvestre Varela has, on a couple of times

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and indeed scored the winner against Denmark. -- Silvestre

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right back. The Portuguese full- by Pepe and when it comes to

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Meireles, really he should be hitting the target. He just flashed

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at it. He nearly hit the great a vaulted roof of the stadium. He

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said to me beforehand that he thought it was like a cathedral

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before hand. It is the most unique atmosphere I have ever been into.

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summer, Madonna. But it will be the national stadium. Hugo Almeida just

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offside. The old stadium he er, the tenth anniversary Stadium, had

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rather crumpled into disrepair. had become a flea-market, actually.

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I have to say, the line -- linesmen half well, have just gone back into

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their shell a little bit. They just can't get Ronaldo on the ball at

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starting to cut a forlorn figure deflection. Portugal have another

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corner -- looped up and over. was another good move. Just getting

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enough on it. Meireles did well to hold off the challenge and slip it

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was his header away. And Pienaar has been filed. A bad Pilar has

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have had 66 attempts on goal in 3.5 games in this competition, Portugal.

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-- they have had. But they haven't thought he was felled by a Pepe,

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who whacked a finger at him. -- Waggett. The knowing the player, I

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am gambling that is a foul. The ash knowing the player, I am gambling

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that is a foul. Just to remind you, you can see England against Italy

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exclusively live on the BBC, Sunday evening at 7pm. All of the England

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games from now on I'll live on the BBC. The winners of this will play

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the winners of Spain or France -- Almeida was begging for the ball.

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What a waste again. You just want that quality in the final third and

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it doesn't seem to be here today. He didn't look up, you can see the

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centre forward right in there. has just got to pick him out, punch

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Portuguese, are they going to let Kadlec, vital there. Kadlec track

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is man brilliantly. -- track his man. He has done so well since he

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went back into the centre in this showed too much of it. But it is a

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ball that bad ball out by Limbersky. -- a bad ball out. This is a good

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run, a very good run. Jiracek's cross. A tree Co came. -- Patricio.

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And the quick release, Portugal realise that time is going away

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They need a midfield player to make that run, to go forward. They don't

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do it -- seemed to have that energy be his tournament? Could it be the

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year that Ronaldo finally get international silverware? The year

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that he becomes a true international legend as well as a

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club legend? A magnificently taken goal. Yes, right on cue. We were

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asking for a midfield player to make the run, Moutinho makes the

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run this time, a great cross and he does the rest, Ronaldo. Look at the

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run, brilliant off the ball. He would sit in and he is so good in

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the air, no chance for the keeper. -- he whips it in. Once you headed

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down, no chance. -- ahead it down. Petr Cech couldn't keep it out. His

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third goal in two games. He is on fire, isn't he? You can see what it

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himself at international level and not his country, in the best

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interests of Portugal, but he turned to the fans, bellowed, and

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got a huge ovation. And you are seeing the composure that he showed

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in the Dutch game, and now you are seeing that raw belief that he has.

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And that simple ability, he is just he will have played almost 12

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months of consecutive football. 70 competition as a whole, he got

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goalkeeping, because he will have saying that so late from behind

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Ronaldo. He is an outstanding goalkeeper. It is that run from

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deep again, just the extra player. He seems to have so much time as a

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custodian, the defensive midfield player, is about to come on --

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Custodio, the defensive midfield door. That is the goal. He covers

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so much ground to get there. Listen, he is so fired up. It is the

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movement off the ball, the hunger and the willingness to get on the

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end of it, and then he has the midfield player -- Custodio has

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come on. He will play in behind the because he was being towed dollar

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over the place and when he couldn't gain the advantage, Howard Webb are

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Blue -- he was getting pulled. Howard Webb is having a very good

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game. A I think he is having a very enough to stop Portugal in the end

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and I think they will be disappointed that they hadn't had

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an effort on target. The game plan was to hold, hold, hold and that

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was it. Park the bus and see if they could protect their goal,

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maybe breakout. There was one that will run by Pilar in the second

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half. -- one a little run. But they just laughed and attacking cutting

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edge. -- they have just been lacking and that tacking cutting

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than the rest. Here comes the Czech Republic substitution. Tomas

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Pekhart will command, a centre- his third appearance of these

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finals. 10 goals in Germany this season, but it is a big ask for him

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now. He scored the winner against England end the U21 Championship

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Here is Meireles from range. We know he can thump them from there,

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he has done for both Liverpool and very things. Almeida has played

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because of the injury to Postiga. The referee has a glance at Ronaldo

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and a wry look at walks away. Howard is right again. Ronaldo's ft

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on mesmerising at times. -- Ronaldo's feet are mesmerising at

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Portugal, who have been the only really attacking side in the game,

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prepared to make sure they are defensively durable as well in the

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last two minutes. They now have three centre-backs on the field of

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play, two defensive midfielders. Rolando was born in Cape Verde

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I do not like to be too critical, but that has been like his

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performance for me. Very average. 20 Everts, 70 in the competition.

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The team, that is, not him. -- 20 Czech Republic fans begin to look

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resigned. They need to grab the Rinaldo in

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cotton wool between now won the semi-final. -- they need to grab it

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Ronaldo in cotton wool. I think about him, they will be pretty

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at one or two of them throughout the evening.

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He has fought manfully. He will miss the semi-final if the

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Czech Republic come back into the man, he has just been booked. He

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has lost his head. He will not want to pick up any suspensions with the

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World Cup campaign coming up, they have Italy in their group, and

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Denmark as well, much-improved to Denmark. The Czech Republic have

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done very well to get to this stage, played his man, he certainly was

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not looking at the ball. The stage was set for Ronaldo, he took centre

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player in his time, a good ride problem for Alves and the

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Portuguese defence. Cech has gone forward. This would cause a

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sensation that if he could score here. He has kept Portugal at bay

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He has called control. -- he has caught Fabio Coentrao. I think the

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referee may have sent him off but for the fact we are in the closing

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stages of the Czech Republic's appearance in these finals.

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He is running like an express train, trying to get his team back in it.

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No malice in that challenge, for me. Well done, Howard Webb.

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Cech is now back -- back in his the semi-final of Euro 2012, and

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there Titanic leader has taken them through. It was billed as the

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Ronaldo showed, and that is the way it turned out. Hit the woodwork

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twice, he was foiled by the goalkeeper but finally, a brilliant

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header 11 minutes from time. He can bellow with delight. Ronaldo, match

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winner in front of his former heroes. And the Czech Republic are

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out, had Portugal sailed through, with Ronaldo getting better and

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better. STUDIO: Portugal are our first

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semi-finalist. The woodwork denied in towards the end of the first

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half, Cristiano Ronaldo found the net at the end of the second half.

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The Czech supporters and players are in it -- no doubt usually

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despondent, never really threatened in the game at all, all they could

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do was try and keep that man out. In the end, by sheer determination,

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he made it happen. Portugal had the better of the

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chances. I did not think the result was in question. The two best

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players, Mid T neo- and Ronaldo, combined to score the goal. -- Joao

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Moutinho. It was all Portugal. A win for Portugal, Jurgen?

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Absolutely. The Czech Republic did not do enough.

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Was that because of ineptitude? I think they wanted to speculate on

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a set piece, but you cannot play a knockout game like that. The nice

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thing to see what in the second half that not only was Ronaldo a

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constant threat, the players around him, they stepped it up. Routine

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ear, Nani came into the game. It was far more alive than the first

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half. -- Joao Moutinho. We witness the different emotions

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that you get in football. Even the cameraman seemed upset! For the

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Czech Republic players, it is over for them, but the euphoria

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continues for Portugal. The Czech Republic team will be

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disappointed, but they worked hard. As Jurgen said, they did not try

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and make the name -- win the game, and it summed up their performance

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at the end when they had the chance with the corner, said the

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goalkeeper up, and kicked the ball out of the box. It summed up their

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quality. On the other side, I quality. On the other side, I

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thought Portugal were full of quality, and they are a dangerous

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side. They were frustrated at times, but deserved to win.

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The story is Ronaldo. How good is He is world class, he is

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exceptional, in the top three in the world alongside Lionel Messi

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and Xavi or in the estate. -- investor. -- address any Esther.

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The rest of his team-mates have to pull themselves closer to this

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level. I thought Joao Moutinho was the

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better player. Ronaldo will take the headlines, but he was brilliant

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against the Dutch. Time and space are the hallmarks of great players,

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as being portance of getting it and giving it. He just controlled the

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game, it was a phenomenal performance.

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Portugal were your dog courses before the tournament, whence they?

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If you have got Ronaldo in your side, then you have always got a

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chance. -- dark horses.

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At times they have moved the ball better. Against the Germans, for

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the first 60 minutes, it was a waste of time, they defended too

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deep and had too many men before the ball -- behind the ball, but

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after they conceded, they hammered the Germans will stop they are a

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good time -- a good side. I think they have to do better

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century. I thought Veloso and Meireles were poor. I think there

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will be exposed against better teams.

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What about the goal? Terrific determination. He went in there and

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it really mattered for him. If you see where he was, he was

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outside the box, and he made the sprint to run into the box, and it

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Gebre Selassie was beaten, he has got to see him coming.

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It is difficult at that speed. Yes, but he did not even see him

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coming. A great reaction from Luis Figo!

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They have produced some great players.

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Truly great players. Joao Moutinho in the build up, get past the last

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defender, a great ball into the box. For me, they do the big two players

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tonight. They started believing. The minute

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they beat Holland, they are in the semi-finals, and Ronaldo, he has

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the class, the leadership. What would you do with a two in

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midfield? They have tremendous work-rate. It

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is getting to a point where it is probably a mind game.

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Veloso looks like he has about 24 stone. I think the two centre-backs

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are really good. In attacking mode, I do have got Ronaldo and Joao

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Moutinho. I think it is the ones in the middle he or I am not sure

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about. Throughout the night, Ronaldo was

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the constant threat. We were talking throughout the game

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and saying that there is nothing he cannot do. What is his weakness? He

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very rarely does anything wrong except from Greg frustrated when

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his team-mates cannot get him the The bite back played him onside

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there. -- the right back. The control, the term, it is

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fantastic. You can watch it time and time again.

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is a nothing ball and he makes it into a good ball. And watch what

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happens here. We are trying to work out what he did. With the slow

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motion, this is a trick and a half. The full-back has got twisted blood.

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They call that good technique. wasn't a penalty, by the way.

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love getting people's views on this, are you a Lionel Messi or a Ronaldo

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are you a Lionel Messi or a Ronaldo man? Lionel Messi. He has got

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weaknesses, he is not as good in the air, but if I was going to pay

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to play -- what one of them, I would pay to watch Lionel Messi.

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Jurgen? It is down to the chemistry of the team, so how does this work

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with a high energy Ronaldo that you have, how much energy does he give

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to the whole team environment? Lionel Messi is a pure giver,

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always one of the lads, always around, giving and giving. Ronaldo

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is a more ego-driven, which also helps him when he does that run and

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scores that goal. So he is a big difference maker, but how much does

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that kind of Kent into a team environment and the chemistry of a

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team? That is what wins a tournament. As a central defender,

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you always ask which one you would play against, and I would rather

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play against Ronaldo.Yet to find a top professional that goes for

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Ronaldo, it is frustrating for him. If you gave me the choice, I am

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taking Ronaldo! He would be the best player in the world of Lionel

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Messi wasn't around. The Portuguese Messi wasn't around. The Portuguese

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had other chances in the second half. They did, it was chance after

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chance. They pushed the Czech Republic back. Almeida should have

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done a lot better. That was after Jurgen told me he was a great

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finisher! He needs more games. and Moutinho, a great hit, great

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save. And it was all Portugal. That is a good block. Kadlec played well,

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the centre-back. The it was a very one-sided game, particularly the

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second half. We try to build a case in the first of all the Czech

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Republic but ultimately Jurgen was right, saying you cannot win a

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right, saying you cannot win a knockout game like that. The gave

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us the first 10 minutes and that was said. What is required there is

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a view from pitch-side, it is back to Alan And Jake.

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As the Portuguese fans walk out into the cool night, they breathe a

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sigh of relief. They have done it but only just. He was a man who

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scored a lot with his forehead, what did you make of a Ronaldo's?

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It was that desire and hunger to get into that place to score goals.

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If you look at where he started his run on the left-hand touchline, to

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get into the box, a great cross from Moutinho, and as I have said,

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it is up to the forwards to get onto it and Ronaldo has certainly

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done that and he has got his team into the semi-final. And deservedly

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so, they were the only team who wanted to win. As for the Czechs,

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you get into the tournament through the play-offs, get badly beaten in

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your first game and somehow find yourselves in the quarter-finals,

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so disappointing to produce such an impotent performance. They never

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looked like winning, I can't remember them troubling the

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Portuguese goalkeeper at all, so they didn't deserve to go through.

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It shows what a poor group they were in, they won that group.

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Looking ahead to the game tomorrow night, the Greeks did not even

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manage to win their group and they take on Germany, what can we

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expect? A Germany win, simple. all in all, pleased to see Ronaldo

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still in the competition? Death Neddy, he was the stand-out player

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tonight and he probably was in the last three games -- definitely.

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When you have him, you always have a chance. It is hard to know

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whether they did it or he did it, but either way, Portugal are into

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We will not stay out of the Warsaw stadium for longer because we can

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hear from Nani, who is with Steve Wilson.

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Congratulations, you are through to the semi-finals, but a cup game.

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Yes, very tough game. The -- tough game. I think everyone was

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fantastic on the pitch. It was a great effort by both players, so

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satisfied with the result. You have been consistent through this

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tournament, but it gets harder every match. Yes, now it is going

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to be more difficult every game. But all of the team is confident,

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very confident, about the next game and now we have to rest and prepare

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for the big match. It was just beginning to look quite frustrating

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for you, because chances were coming and Petr Cech was playing

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well and it was getting harder. we had a couple of chances, but

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finally Ronaldo scored a goal and we won the game, that is the most

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important thing. Everyone is happy. Well done.

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This time on Sunday, we will probably be going through the

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turmoil that is extra time, praying for a bit of magic, a great strike

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are ready for trouble. All I come off for now is -- can offer now is

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 42 seconds

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Lethal Blizzle. I am reliably informed that dench

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is the word to describe that. Let's get over to Gabby Logan. In an

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England press conference today, and it was revealed that he would step

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up and take a penalty if it came to and do it -- down to that. -- came

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down to that. He did so in Sweden in the Under 21 championships, but

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he didn't get through to the final after goading the Swedish players.

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He wouldn't discuss Mario Balotelli today but he did say it would be

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fun to play against him. The Italian press see it slightly

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differently, they see it as Balotelli against England and those

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circles are the various confrontations he has had with key

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England players, although Joe Hart say it is not players that wind him

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up, it is things off the pitch. He has also been a topic of

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conversation in the Italian squad, the reason his fellow player put

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his hand over his mouth was because he was going to say something to

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the Italian management and Balotelli later thanked him. Both

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camps interestingly are very relaxed, no infighting, everyone is

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going along very harmonious and they both see themselves as the

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underdog, they are both in a state of transition and you can't help

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but make the comparison between the two sides. As for training today,

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all 22 players that were present trained. Jermain Defoe return home

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for his father's funeral but is expected back tomorrow. Everything

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is rosy in Krakow at the moment. is rosy in Krakow at the moment.

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Good to hear it. A reminder that the BBC is the place to be full

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coverage of England against Italy this Sunday. We are live in Kiev

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are from 7pm on BBC One. Meanwhile, England's women have moved a step

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closer to the Euro 2013 finals with a four-goal victory in Slovenia

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tonight. A win in their final match at home to Croatia will see them

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at home to Croatia will see them qualify as group winners, you can

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see that game live on the BBC in September. Jurgen, I asked you

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about England earlier on, but she played the Italians and you are now

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the coach, of course, for the US national side and you gave them a

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good spanking. What is the secret? We beat them 1-0, surprisingly, in

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Genoa. It is a good side. They are a team in transition, in a certain

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way, yes. The manager changed the system and he is a little bit

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attacking -- more attacking minded, even if the last game did not look

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like that, so they have fresh blood coming into the team. Obviously

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Balotelli plays a major role, at both ends, positive and negative of

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them, but they have a lot of quality, they have a lot of quality

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in that team and experience as well. When we played them, this -- they

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could have scored two or three goals, we were a bit lucky in the

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beginning. It is a good side and I think we are going to see a very

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exciting game on Sunday. I will come back to you in just the second

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because we can return to Walsall where Ronaldo is waiting to talk to

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us. That Warsaw. You have come out to be incredibly difficult group

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and now a very Cup semi-final. we have to realise what the team do.

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We didn't play well, created chances, hit the post, but the

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priority is to get to the semi- finals, so we are happy for that,

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we know it will be difficult next game but we are ready and confident

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that the team is very mature, so we are ready for the fight.

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frustrating was it for you? You hit the woodwork twice, at Petr Cech

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played great. I remember the last game, I hit the post twice as well,

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but today, it was important that I scored, the team win, the team

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played very good, and we are in the semi-finals, so we are very happy.

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Big smiles all round. Of course, big smiles and good music. Then Q.

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Excellent, good to here. Germany play Greece in the next semi-final,

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there must be a degree of confidence in their homeland?

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Absolutely, we expect as Czech Republic to go to the final, that

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is the simple way it is. There is the possibility that you might meet

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England! But I mean Greece goes into that game and has nothing to

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lose at all. And they will go in to defend and maybe come out for a set

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piece of something surprising, something on the break, and they

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need to be prepared for that. We haven't seen the real Germany yet,

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I think they are playing at 75%. not deliberately, surely? I think

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they can be much better, but I think it depends on how the

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opponents look at them because the opponents so far have been too

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afraid of them. Do you think there will be harmony in the stadium, the

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Germans against the Greeks, the way things are going? On the financial

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markets? Well, I think there will be some tension, that is part of it,

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and I hope we will see a good game. How good a job is Joe Jemma Lowe

:27:22.:27:32.
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doing? He is doing an amazing job. He was my number two, and he he has

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carried on the pulse of the, he has had a lot of players coming through

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the German youth system -- he has carried on the philosophy. We

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changed it at few years ago. The it seems to have done the trick, you

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are producing some great players. And he has amazing talent sitting

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on the bench, waiting for just a couple of minutes to play. He is a

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very positive character, very calm, good leadership, and he has kept

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the entire staff that I built over the two years up to the 12,006

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World Cup. -- 2006 World Cup. would be lovely to beaches in the

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semis. Yes, us to. That would be a really good game. It is hard to

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look past Germany in this game. think it will be Germany. The game

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against Denmark, there was a penalty, it could have been

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different, but Germany look like they can step up at any moment.

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don't think we have seen the best of the Germans. They have got some

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great players, phenomenal players, and I think they will get better.

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We haven't seen the best of England either. There you go, it is a

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promise for you. That will be our next game, but we will have

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highlight of the other two. Thank you, Jurgen, you will be joining us

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in Poland and the Ukraine. That is it from us as Portugal and Granada

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