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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Portugese are too hot to handle by Turks

Hi friends,
Its the season of football. So for this one month one can get much more information about the happenings in the euro cup. Yesterday Portugal met Turkey in the opening campaign. Portugal deserved their win, although they were made to fight for it by a Turkish side eager to mark their return to a major tournament with a fine performance.However, the team from the East were all too often nervy in defence and rarely troubled stand-in goalkeeper Ricardo, meaning that it was up to the Andrades, who were themselves struggling to test the stopper at times, to find the winner.
Cristiano Ronaldo had been quiet, but his fine strike 37 minutes in sailed through a forest of bodies, seemingly goalward, before Volkan Demirel pulled off a spectacular save to hit the ball off the post.Zan left the pitch in some distress soon afterwards for Emre Asik, and Portugal seemed to be emboldened. Cristiano Ronaldo cut in from the flank and shot low under Volkan, but the 'keeper got down well to save, and Joao Moutinho came close soon afterwards after good work from a short free-kick.

It seemed that a goal was in the offing, and it came on the hour mark. Pepe made it, and this time it was no simple header from a corner. Coming forward from the defence, he sprayed the ball out to Ronaldo, who in turn timed the pass back to the Madrid centre-back. Playing the one-two with Nuno Gomes, the defender fired a great effort, albeit a deflected one, past Volkan to mark his first international goal in style.He and his side were punished on the counter soon afterwards as Ronaldo strode down the wing, played a through ball to Moutinho, who in turn spun on it acrobatically before playing it to Meireles at the far post for a simple finish.

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