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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 22:57

Portugal player ratings versus Spain

Selecção take World Champions all the way

Portugal despairPortugal’s Euro 2012 semi-final ended in heart-breaking defeat in a penalty shoot-out after a battling goalless draw against Spain. PortuGOAL runs the rule over the Selecção players.
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:17

Portugal eliminated by Spain

0-0 after 120, 2-4 on spot-kicks

Portugal have been eliminated from the 2012 European Championships, falling to the holders and World Champions Spain on penalties. There were 93 minutes of normal time, during which the momentum ebbed and flowed, but neither side were sufficiently incisive to muster up a goal. Portugal did far more than contain their neighbours, who were decidedly off the boil until late on, but in football’s cruellest psychological lottery, the Selecção came up short. 
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:33

What to expect from tonight's referee

After his controversial appointment, PortuGOAL profiles Cüneyt Çakir

cuneyt_cakir.jpgThere are only a few hours to go until Portugal take on Spain in the first semi-final of Euro 2012, with fans and neutrals alike hoping for an absorbing game. Yet much of the pre-match discussion has centred on the man who will take charge of tonight’s Iberian clash. So, why the controversy, and what can we expect from tonight’s referee?
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:17

Paulo Bento: “The game will have moments in which we will dominate”

Coach confident of extending Portugal’s run at Euro 2012

Paulo BentoHe may be the youngest national team coach at Euro 2012, but Paulo Bento’s handling of his team and the media at this tournament has exuded the confidence of a veteran. The Portugal manager gave another demonstration of controlled optimism and intelligent analysis in the pre-match press conference ahead of the semi-final against Spain.
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 11:33

Three reasons why Portugal will defeat Spain

Selecção's usual game plan perfectly suited to counter Spanish machine

Hino.jpgFollowing on from PortuGOAL's tactical preview of tonight's semi-final, Vasco Mota Pereira brings us three alternative reasons why Portugal will prevail against Spain.
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Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:29

Tactical preview: Portugal vs Spain

PortuGOAL looks at where tomorrow's semi-final will be won and lost

portugal-holland-line-up-20120617.jpgTomorrow sees Portugal come up against reigning World and European champions Spain in a bid to become the first team to reach the final of Euro 2012. Spain may have a vastly superior head-to-head record, but La Furia Roja have only managed to win two of the last twelve meetings between the sides. So, with the stakes higher than ever, can the Selecção overcome their Iberian neighbours this time around?
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