Portugal defeat Turkey 2-0

Posted on June 10, 2008. Filed under: International, UEFA | Tags: , , , |

So Portugal defeated Turkey a couple of days ago in the second match of the Euro 08 competition. It was a well-balanced game even though Portugal held most of the possession. Turkey played well, especially Kazim Kazim who was always a headache down that right flank however Tuncay wasn’t effective at all and needs some bench time. Also there were a few dives which the ref really should have acted on as it’s the part of the game that needs to go.

In the end Real Madrid’s Pepe made a great run through the middle and finished a nice one-two to open the scoring and then Portugal made it two at the death to put the match beyond doubt. I’m still not sure why Quaresma didn’t make an appearance or even start. I guess Simao is very important because of his set-piece ability but Quaresma is a better winger. Towards the end of the match it made sense to add more defensive players to maintain the score I just hope he gets to play in the next match.

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Italy vs Portugal 3-1

Posted on February 7, 2008. Filed under: International, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

Italy defeated Portugal 3-1 last night in Zurich and although it was a friendly, they proved that they mean business for this coming Euro as they chase the double which only France has managed so far in 1998 and 2000.

The first goal came right before half-time as Toni converted a Grosso cross. Soon after the restart, Pirlo found the net through a deflected strike. Quaresma was able to pull one back on 76 minutes but no sooner had the celebrations ended that Italy had restored it’s two goal advantage through Quagliarella. Check out the action in the highlights below.

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