Posts Tagged "portugal"

MATCH RESULT: Portugal’s hopes stay alive after a last-gasp goal from saved them from a defeat against the United states.

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MATCH RESULT Today proved a cakewalk for Germany in a game touted to be one of the toughest. Aside from their sheer control of proceedings, they were given an early leg-up due to Pereira’s early indiscretion giving away the penalty, which Muller capitalised on.

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We’re halfway through the 2012 European Championships and given there’s a couple of days rest before we get into the quarter finals, now’s as good a time as any to reflect on what we’ve seen so far.

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I absolutely love the FIFA football World Cup. I take time off work when it’s on, watch every game, weep when it’s over. It’s an amazing spectacle and the level of skill on display is generally very high.

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FC Porto completed a devastating turnaround of fortunes in Portuguese football when they romped to a 25th league title, and a seventh of the decade, on the weekend by defeating fierce rivals Benfica 2-1 at the Estadio De Luz.

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Have you heard about the Nike ‘Write The Future’ curse? You’ve seen the commercials, right? The superstars from those ads, such as Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio Cannavaro, have failed to replicate their club form on the world stage in South Africa and you’ve got to wonder why.

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Red-hot David Villa scored his fourth goal of the World Cup to fire European champions Spain past arch-rivals Portugal 1-0 on Tuesday and into quarter-final clash against Paraguay.

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The Socceroos may be slowly arriving home but the World Cup must go on in South Africa and the tournament heats up now as we head into the knockout stages with sixteen nations left.

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A merciless Portugal have torn North Korea to shreds in a 7-0 rout on Monday to put them in touching distance of the knockout rounds and eliminating the Asian nation from the World Cup.

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The group of death got underway yesterday, but there was a continued focus on caution as the most anticipated opening group game between Ivory Coast and Portugal petered out to a scoreless draw. This saw the continuation of an opening group game trend – carefulness.

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A slow start to the South African World Cup has seen the majority of games with scorelines containing two, sometimes one and at times nil goals scored. Cue the Brazil versus North Korea clash at Ellis Park.

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Ivory Coast and Portugal opened their World Cup campaigns with a goalless draw on Tuesday as Didier Drogba returned to action just ten days after surgery on his broken arm.

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No World Cup worthy of the title can be staged without the dreaded Group of Death casting its long shadow over the tournament.

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Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba remains in doubt for the team’s opening World Cup match against Portugal because of his broken arm.

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Currently sitting in third position in the FIFA World rankings, Portugal will no doubt have their work cut out if they are to emerge from a tough group and go on to claim a maiden World Cup.

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The unedifying sight of a gaunt Diego Maradona trudging from the Rosario pitch should serve as a warning. A silly, sentimental choice as coach, Maradona had just overseen his team’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to Brazil.

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Over the next week, two World Cup qualifiers will be Hungary’s biggest games for a generation – home games against a desperate Sweden and Portugal.

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