FT: Czech Republic 0 Portugal 1

No doubt the best team won on the night. It would have been a travesty had Portugal not gone through after all the pressure and chances they created. Ronaldo was behind most things they did well in the final third and it is no surprise that he emerged as the matchwinner. The Czechs will reflect that they did not do themselves justice and could not reward their huge following with any meaningful chances.

90+4
The final whistle goes and Ronaldo sinks to his knees in jubilation.

90+3
Cech goes up for the corner but it is cleared and the keeper is forced to race back upfield but they win it back.

90+2
Cech takes a free kick into a crowded Portugal box and they earn a corner.

90
We will have a minimum of four minutes added time as Limbersky, who has just been booked, gets into a needless skirmish.

89
Portugal are doing well in keeping the ball and running down the clock.

88
Limbersky is booked for a foul

87
Good build-up by Portugal but Veloso wastefully fires over.

86
Another Portugal change as Rolando replaces Meireles.

85
Ronaldo goes down in the box but Mr Webb is well placed and waves away penalty appeals.

84
Meireles blasts over from 25 yards but at least it wastes some time.

83
Hubschman is replaced by Pekhart for the Czechs who will now play with two men up front.

82
Can the Czechs respond? They've not had an effort on target yet so that will have to change ...

81
Nani is replaced by Custodio.

80
Pereira lets fly from 20 yards but Cech saves to keep his side in it.

79
The pressure quite simply had to pay off at some point and although the breakthrough has come late, it's nothing more than Portugal deserve.

78
GOAL! Ronaldo meets a cross from Moutinho and heads the ball down and past the despairing Cech.

77
Jiracek bursts past two Portugal tackles from inside his own half but his early cross is too close to keeper Patricio.

76
Kadlec makes a vital headed clearance with Ronaldo lurking just behind him in the box.

75
Nani plays a great one-two with Moutinho and gets to the byline but his cross is woeful and Cech gathers.

74
One of two despairing looks in the Portugal side now as though they are running out of ideas.

73
Nani bursts clear and shoots from the edge of the box but it is deflected wide off Kadlec.

72
A cross from Meireles is too deep for Ronaldo and the Czechs gratefully clear.

71
Almeida is cauight offside from Moutinho's 70 yard pass and things have not gone well for the big striker since he came on.

70
Pepe's ball finds Ronaldo in the area and he lays it back to Meireles who wildly fires over from 18 yards.

69
Portugal must be starting to wonder how they are not ahead in this game after having so many chances.

68
Meireles then goes down after a tangle with Baros but is soon back on his feet.

67
Nani swings a cross into the near post where Ronaldo meets it on the volley but it goes wide. Initially a corner is given, but Mt Webb changes his mind and the Czechs have a goalkick.

66
He looks to be in plenty of pain and gingerly limps to the touchline but will carry on.

65
Cech then bravely comes to the edge of the box to punch clear of Ronaldo and his own defender Kadlec is left in a heap so play is stopped.

64
The first kick is cleared but Portugal have another with Almeida climbing highest but heading way over and wide.

63
Moutinho's shot from the edge of the box moves in the air and Cech tips it over for a corner.

62
Baros lets fly from 20 yards but his effort is high and wide.

61
Portugal are now doing some defending - something they've not had to do for a while now.

60
The Czechs make their first change as Darida is replaced by Jan Rezek.

59
Great run by Pilar sees him skip past two challenges and get into the box but his cross is cut out as the Czechs finally find a way forward.

58
Almeida heads in a cross from Nani but the offside flag immediately goes up - good decision as he was at least a yard ahead of the last defender.

57
They almost do as Nani lashes the ball in from 25 yards but Cech makes a solid parry.

56
Still the Czechs are under the cosh and surely Portugal have to score during this spell.

55
Moutinho takes it and the ball is cleared to Meireles on the edge of the box and the Chelsea man fires over.

54
He then tries his luck from 30 yards but the ball hits Kadlec and spins out for a corner.

53
They launch a quick counter and Ronaldo takes the ball down on the edge of the box but fires over from a narrow angle.

52
Limbersky plays a hopeful ball over the top where Darida is a willing runner but Portugal clear.

51
The Czechs have barely got out of their own half so far.

50
Ronaldo steps up again and this time his dipping effort beat the outstretched arm of ech but clips the outside of the post. Woodwork 2 Ronaldo 0.

49
Ronaldo's effort from 40 yards crashes into the two-man wall but handball is given.

48
Ronaldo is fouled by Tomas Hubschman and in terms of pressure Portugal are starting where they finished off at the end of the first period.

47
Early chance for Portugal as Meireles whips in a superb cross to the near post and Almeide gets across his marker but heads over from close range.

46
Portugal get the second-half under way and there are now fresh changes on either side.

Two minutes of added time is played before the half-time whistle is blown and it has come at the wrong time from a Portugal point fo view as they were on top and threatening. The Czechs had been the better side for much of the half but do not carry the same attacking threat as their oponents.

45
Superb control from Ronaldo inside the box as he takes the ball down on his shot before swivelling and driving a low shot against the near post with Cech beaten al ends up.

44
Ronaldo tries to play in Nani but his shot is blocked.

43
It looks to me like a good decison from Mr Webb with Nani looking as though he merely slipped over, rather than was pushed.

42
Pepe's long ball from inside his own half sees Ronaldo give chase and it falls to Nani inside the box who tumbles after colliding with Limbersky but strong penalty appeals are waved away.

41
Sivok calmly heads the ball back to Cech as Nani gets in a cross after a strong run by Ronaldo.

40
The Czechs throw the ball back to Portugal who then win a free kick when Coentrao is fouled but the resolute Czechs again clear.

39
Indeed it is as he is replaced by 6ft 3ins frontman Hugo Almeida.

38
Postiga is getting treatment and is being lifted onto a stretcher so it looks as though his night is over.

37
Portugal counter but Ronaldo knocks the ball out with team-mate Postiga down in the middle of the field.

36
Bruno Alves belts the ball clear for Portugal as Pilar tried to get in a cross.

35
I have to say that with all the talent on show in Euro 2012, I've found set pieces disappointing.

34
Ronaldo take his usual methodical run up and blasts it wide and although Cech dived, I would say he had it covered.

33
Limbersky's feud with Nani continues and Portugal have a free kick 35 yards out .... Guess who is going to take it ....

32
But Gebre Selassie gives it away and the ball is played back in and Ronaldo's scissor kick goes wide.

31
Ronaldo's cross almost drops in after it is deflected but it's a corner that is cleared at the near post.

30
Portugal's approach play is more patient than the Czechs but I expected more with them playing with two wingers.

29
Postiga gets in a low shot but it's an easy save for Cech down to his left.

28
The game looks as though it is opening up and that can only be good for us spectators!

27
Jiracek tries to chip the ball into Baros, lurking inside the box, but Portugal clear.

26
Veloso is booked for bringing down Pilar.

25
Ronaldo surges to the edge of the Czech box but is crowded out with Postiga screaming for the ball in acres of space.

24
Nani is booked for a foul on Limbersky.

23
Ronaldo gets a return ball from Moutinho and bursts into the box with Cech parrying his fierce shot - but a foul is given.

22
Cech makes an easy catch after Mountinho's cross is deflected after a good one-two with Ronaldo.

21
The Czech pressure is ended when Pilar needlessly gives away a free kick.

20
Darida gets in another cross but again Baros can't get on the end of it inside the box.

19
It's been an even contest so far but little for either keeper to have to do.

18
Corner to Portugal after good work by Ronaldo. The Real Madrid star then ends up on the floor after a tangle with Jiracek and Mr Webb has a stern word before the corner is cleared.

17
Let off for Portugal there and the Czech Republic's best moment of the match so far.

16
Superb low cross by Darida that flashes across the face of goal with former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker just unable to get a touch.

15
Corner to the Czechs that Ronaldo heads clear ahead of his own keeper who almost punched him in the head.

14
It's lifted the crowd and thankfully halted the Mexican wave!

13
Pilar gets in a dangerous cross to the near post that Portugal scramble clear.

12
The Czechs play the ball out of defence with a series of short passes which earns plenty of applause from their huge following.

11
First shot of note and let's hope it is just the start as it's been a quiet opening.

10
Sivok heads clear at the expense of another corner which this time is taken short. Nani finds Moutinho and his low shot is saved by Cech.

9
Corner for Portugal takne by Meireles but it is headed clear by the Czech defence.

8
Nani chases a long ball down into the corner but is penalised for a foul on Limbersky and the two have a little disagreement before Mr Webb steps in.

7
Ronaldo has hardly been near the ball so far and certainly Portugal will look to him for inspiration.

6
The Czechs break and Petr Jiracek forces a corner but again it is cleared easily by Portugal.

5
Helder Postiga tries to get on the end of a Meireles pass but it goes out for a goalkick.

4
The noise is superb in the stadium and certainly it should inspire the team in red.

3
The Czechs have seen plenty of the ball in the early stages and look as though they are brimming with confidence.

2
Darida's bustling run earns the Czechs the game's first corner but it is cleared.

"I'm predicting an upset for the Czechs 2-1 over Portugal. Rosicky shacks off his knock to run the show in the midfield. Ronaldo scores late for Portugal to make it a tense final 10 minutes or so. Side note: Arsenal to end their trophy less drought and claim the PL title," says Chris Shay in Texas.

1
The familiar figure of English referee Howard Webb blows his whistle and the Czechs get us started.

"I may be the longest distance contributor - I'm David, a Liverpool fan in New Zealand. I would like the Czech Republic to win but I believe that Portugal have the better team on paper. Come on England! I think a semi-final place would be a great result."

The Czechs will have a huge advantage when it comes to support inside this very impressive stadium which is awash with red and white.

In a bid to be the longest distance comment, Irish Man Utd fan John Owens living in Vancouver says: "Nani to finally come out of his useless shell and give us a decent performance. To score in 90 mins at 4/1 is a bit tight though."

"Although I think as reputations go Portugal should win! But I'm going to say Czech Republic to cause a big upset and win 3-1," says Trav ... currently holidaying in Kefalonia!

"Got to be Portugal 3-1 with Ronaldo 1st scorer or a great outside bet of Jiracek to score 1st but Portugal to win in 90 minutes. Looking forward to a great night!" says TC.

The teams have arrived (finally!) and are as follows - Czech Republic: Cech, Gebre Selassie, Sivok, Kadlec, Limbersky, Hubschman, Plasil, Jiracek, Darida, Pilar, Baros. Subs: Lastuvka, Suchy, Hubnik, Necid, Rezek, Rosicky, Petrzela, Rajtoral, Kolar, Pekhart, Lafata, Drobny. Portugal: Rui Patricio, Joao Pereira, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao, Meireles, Veloso, Joao Moutinho, Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo. Subs: Eduardo, Custodio, Almeida, Quaresma, Nelson Oliveira, Ricardo Costa, Rolando, Ruben Micael, Varela, Miguel Lopes, Hugo Viana, Beto. Referee: Howard Webb (England)

Another long distance prediction, this time from Gerry in Miamiwho says: "I'm thinking Portugal 2-0 win with goals from both Ronaldo and Postiga."

Peter, the ex-pat (Come on England!) Villa fan checking in from Chicago and he says: "I reckon a tight game, but Portugal to squeeze it with a late goal 2-1."

Portugal are the 7/10 favourites with our colleagues at Sky Bet to win in 90 minutes and be the first team to reach the semi-finals of the European Championships. The Czech Republic are 9/2 to win in 90 minutes, while the draw is 13/5. Portugal star, Cristiano Ronaldo, is 3/1 to score the opening goal in the match.

Good evening and welcome to our coverage of tonight's first quarter-final clash in Euro 2012 between Portugal and the Czech Republic in Warsaw. The Czechs reached the last eight as Group A winners, rebounding from an opening 4-1 defeat to Russia to beat Greece and co-hosts Poland, while Portugal go into the contest sky high after Sunday's 2-1 triumph over Holland which saw them progress from Group B as runners-up behind Germany. The Czechs go into the encounter as underdogs but boosted by the news that Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky will feature having recovered from an Achilles tendon injury. Rosicky suffered the injury in his team's 2-1 triumph over Greece and missed the final group game against Poland last Saturday. Meanwhile, Portugal have no injury worries and are expected to field Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo in support of Helder Postiga up front. Ronaldo scored twice against Holland to increase his tally for Portugal to 34 goals. Team news will follow shortly and, as always, we welcome your thoughts on what should be a cracking encounter so send them to simon.crawford@bskyb.com and I'll publish the best ones.

Fixtures

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European Championships

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Czech Rep 3 -1 6
2 Greece 3 0 4
3 Russia 3 2 4
4 Poland 3 -1 2

Updated Wed, 20 Jun 2012

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