Saturday, June 7, 2008
Portugal, Czech Republic Start Strong at Euro 2008
Euro 2008 is off and Portugal, Starting Eleven's pre-tournament pick to win, Portugal, looked every bit a champion, beating Turkey 2-0 on goals by Pepe and Meireles. Despite a few anxious moments from keeper Ricardo, the selecao das quinas had no problem with its Group A opener
and heads into June 11 match with the Czech Republic, a 1-0 winner over hosts Switzerland, in control of the group.
Portugal won this match in the back, solid matches from veterans Carvalho and Ferreira and impressive outings from goal-scorer Pepe and Chelsea-bound Boswinga giving Turkey little hope.
The 2-0 final could have been much worse for the Turks as the Portuguese hit woodwork three times and were solid and mistake-free in midfield, despite some struggles from Deco.
Sunday's Group B matches: