Euro '08: Day 5 Review

Posted on: 12 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Portugal qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 while Swiss hearts are broken.

Portugal are the first team to reach the quarter-finals after overcoming the Czech Republic in Geneva.

The Portuguese made it two wins from two to top Group A while co-hosts Switzerland were dumped out of the competition following their last-gasp defeat at the hands of Turkey.

The latest results have set up a winner-takes-all clash between Turkey and the Czech Republic on Sunday night to decide who joins Portugal in the last eight.


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Cristiano Ronaldo scored one and set up another as Portugal qualified for the latter stages of Euro 2008 with a 3-1 victory against the Czech Republic.

Deco set the Iberian nation on its way eight minutes into the afternoon kick off in Geneva.

The Brazillian-born midfielder scrambled the ball home at the second attempt after Petr Cech had almost smothered the ball at his feet.

The impressive Libor Sionko hit back for the Czech’s just nine minutes later with a bullet header past keeper Ricardo.

Portugal increased the tempo in the second half and it was Ronaldo who grabbed the all important next goal with a low drive.

The Czech Republic responded with some purposeful attacks as Milan Baros, Tomas Ujfalusi and Sionko all came close to levelling the scores.


11th June

Czech Republic 1-3 Portugal

Switzerland 1-2 Turkey

7th June

Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic

Portugal 2-0 Turkey

But as the Czech’s searched for an equaliser, Portugal broke late on to seal the win.

Racing out of defence Ronaldo squared for Ricardo Quaresma to slide the ball into an empty net.

The evening kick off in Basel saw Switzerland become the first team to exit Euro 2008 after they lost 2-1 to Turkey.

The co-hosts had taken the lead during a torrential downpour through Hakan Yakin but Turkey turned the game on its head in the second half.

Portugal’s win over the Czech’s earlier on had added to the pressure on the home side as they knew a defeat would result in their elimination.

But the Swiss seemed to lose their cool in a defining second half at the St Jakob-Park Stadium.

Yakin missed a glorious open goal to extend Switzerland’s advantage and he was punished when Semih Senturk headed Turkey level.

Next Up

15th June

Switzerland Vs Portugal (7.45pm ITV)

Turkey Vs Czech Republic (7.45pm ITV)

Arda Turan supplied the killer blow when he cut inside and scored with a deflected shot in injury-time to break Swiss hearts, sparking wild celebrations from the travelling Turkish fans at the final whistle.

The results now mean Turkey and Czech Republic face a vital winner-takes-all clash on Sunday night to decide who joins Portugal in the quarter-finals.

The Portuguese will be even more determined to go as far as possible in the tournament after news broke during the Switzerland – Turkey match that head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was named as the new Chelsea manager.

Quite how that will affect the Portugal set-up is not known, but questions are already circulating as to whether the timing of the announcement could have a huge bearing on Portugal’s progress.

Scolari has been in charge of Portugal since 2002 and will take over the reigns at Stamford Bridge on the 1st July.

Did you see either of the games? Will Portugal cope with the news "Big Phil" Scolari is off after Euro 2008? Who will join Portugal in the quarter-finals? Post your thoughts in the 50connect forums.

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