Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Ronaldo Show

Christiano Ronaldo scored the game's deciding goal in the sixty-third minute and assisted on the game's final score to lead Portugal past the Czech Republic and into sole position of first place in Group A. Ronaldo was great, but it was a team effort that put the Portugese over the top. Keeper Ricardo had several brilliant stops and Deco scored only his fourth international goal to get things going for Portugal.

While their play was not as electric as either the Dutch or the Spanish, the Portugese look in great shape obviously to move forward to the knockout round, and perhaps to venture deeper into the tournament. With only hosts Switzerland left in the group stage, Portugal can earn maximum points and avoid having to face Germany (if they can win Group B) in the round of eight.

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