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Sunday, 17 June 2012 15:35

Portugal v Netherlands as it happens

Live comments as Selecção face Holland in Kharkiv

The Selecção look to extend their excellent record against the Netherlands in a make-or-break Euro 2012 match in Kharkiv, Ukraine tonight. Portugal have won six, drawn three and lost just one of 10 previous encounters between the two nations. Will that record be further improved tonight? The PortuGOAL team will be commenting on the game as it happens right here.

Full match report, player ratings, post-match reaction, tactical breakdown and more will be posted shortly after the final whistle.

 
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Sunday, 17 June 2012 14:55

Selecção wade through the negatives

Tired arguments abound but Portugal are where they need to be

seleccao-anthem-celebration-20111117.jpgThere has been a heavy focus on Portugal's stuttering qualification for Euro 2012, their reliance on Ronaldo and their lack of a world-class striker. Curiously, many of the Selecção's fiercest critics have come not from the international press or opposition players, but their own media and fans. Maybe it's time to move on.
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Friday, 15 June 2012 13:19

Portugal-Netherlands: tactical preview

Netherlands_Germany_Van_Persie_Received.pngWhat should Portugal do?

In Group B, the so-called Group of Death, everything is still up for grabs, even for Germany, on six points. No team has clinched qualification yet and all of them stand to be eliminated, with the right set of results. Next Sunday, Portugal and the Netherlands will meet for a decisive match, a match which the Dutch need to win by a two-goal margin and hope that Germany won't rest on their laurels against Denmark.
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Friday, 15 June 2012 11:24

Group of Deathly Permutations

Portugal's possibilities and probabilities of reaching quarter-finals

Postiga Moutinho NaniWe always knew it would be tight. But as we approach the final round of matches in Group B, working out the possibilities and permutations of who might qualify is proving to be more than a little difficult. So here at PortuGOAL we have tried to make it easy for you. Not that we managed it…
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Thursday, 14 June 2012 14:52

Opinion: Time for captain to show what he is made of after night to forget

Ronaldo riled after poor performance against Denmark

ronaldo_v_denmark.jpgPortugal may have secured a dramatic victory against Denmark yesterday to kick-start their Euro 2012 campaign, but it was the stuttering performance of their captain Cristiano Ronaldo that dominated most of the discussion after the game.
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Thursday, 14 June 2012 01:42

Portugal 3-2 Denmark tactical breakdown

Portugal_Denmark_Line_ups.jpgPortugal and Denmark met on Wednesday in what could have potentially been the end of the road for the Selecção if they didn't get the win they so desperately needed. Up against their nemesis - who were on the back of a somewhat fortunate victory against the Netherlands - Portugal only had one way to go: forward.
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