EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

Attendance: 58145

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Portugal

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 79'
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    James Tyler: Bye!

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    James Tyler: Thanks all for joining us! And MVP shout-out to Statsie for yeoman's work today. Come again tomorrow for Germany v. Greece and more #banter

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    James Tyler: 2-0 Germany

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    [Comment from juan doe]
    JT, can we get an early Bailout Bowl prediction?

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    Thanks Statsie and crew

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    James Tyler: Join us back here tomorrow, 2:15pm ET for the Bailout Bowl: Germany v. Greece. Seems lopsided on paper, but you never know...

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    [Comment from CR7]
    Ronaldo has just been amazing for the last 2 matches.

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Well done, Statsie.

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    James Tyler: Not the most stellar game, but the better team clearly prevailed. No hard feelings between Ronaldo and Cech in the postgame handshakes.

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    James Tyler: Ha, curse you Statsie! Ronaldo has still been terrible for Portugal, dammit! Until now.

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Much as I wanted to see the Czechs advance, Portugal deserved the win. Well played

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Ronaldo is the first Portuguese player to score at five different major tournaments (Euro 2004, WC 2006, Euro 2008, WC 2010 and Euro 2012).

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    [Comment from dean]
    lackluster game, i am afraid

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo again great. Portugal will now face Spain or France in the semis.

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    James Tyler: Portugal 1, Czech Republic 0.

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    James Tyler: Cech's move didn't matter. FULL TIME.

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    James Tyler: Alright, so I missed a couple of CRon goals for Portugal, but there's a reason he was so maligned when playing for A Seleccao. Not just my opinion there, but tons of articles written criticizing his inability to do for country what he routinely did for club. Granted, harder to thrive at NT level given quality around him, but even so. This is his big arrival on the international stage from a NT perspective.

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    James Tyler: Corner for the Czechs. Petr Cech is lumbering upfield to get involved.

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    James Tyler: Four minutes of added time, but Almeida is offside. Well done, Hugo.

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    James Tyler: So, live chats all weekend long, folks:
    TOMORROW: Germany v. Greece, 2.15pm ET
    SATURDAY: Spain v. France, 2.15pm ET
    SUNDAY: Wayne Rooney v. Mario Balotelli, 2.15pm ET

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    James Tyler: Never really dominated any tournament in national team colors despite his goal hauls for United/Real Madrid.

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    James Tyler: Bit of a misnomer, Andrew. CR was barely a focal point of Portugal team in 2004. Though it was the last time he scored in a big tournament for country, I believe.

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    Everyone talks about Ronaldo failures at country level, but when he is on national team: Final of Euros in 2004, Semifinals in 2006 World Cup, Quarterfinals in 2008 Euro (lost 3-2 to Germany), Knockout stage in 2010 World Cup (Lost to Spain 1-0).

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    [Comment from Mike]
    its okay jesse, the dutch are clearly feeling the effects of "the curse of the nigel de jong karate kick"

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    James Tyler: Hang about, a yellow card! David Limbersky shoves Pereira down. He'll miss the semi should the Czechs somehow advance.

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    James Tyler: Hardcore EPL fans that don't support United have many a gripe with Mr. Webb.

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    [Comment from Jesse N]
    I dont understand the hate for HWebb..the WC final needed more cards, if anything.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Ronaldo: 1 goal, 8 shots, 30 touches in attack third (7 in box), Baros: 1 shot, 8 touches in attack third (0 in box).

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    James Tyler: Chance for Portugal as Miguel Veloso has a clear view of goal but hoofs wide

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    James Tyler: I'll give him credit, sure. Webb's been great in that he's been barely noticeable since midway through the first half.

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    [Comment from Riki Tiki Taka]
    JT, you gotta give some credit to Howard the Webb. A few yellow cards to establish control early and then he let them play.

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    James Tyler: Two mins of regular time left.

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    [Comment from Arsenalista]
    Cech HAS to be man of the match still. It took a wonderful goal to beat him, after dozens of amazing saves. One goal does not destroy his fantastic game.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR PORTUGAL: Meireles off, Rolando on.

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    James Tyler: Selassie slipped and tried to get back goalside of CR7. No call.

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo again flummoxes Gebre Selassie and gets into the box but doesn't win a PK from Webb when he tumbles.

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    [Comment from juan doe]
    In Zlatan defense, he doesn't have near the players around him that CR7 has ...

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    James Tyler: Huge shot into Row ZZZZZZ for Meireles, there.

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo more so than Zlatan. Sweden still got dumped.

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    [Comment from TFA]
    So does that mean Zlatan and Ronaldo have now removed the international play monkey off their backs this tournament?

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    Howard Webb. Man of the Match.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Lack of depth has always been a problem for the Czechs. I remember the 2006 World Cup and Jan Koller's injury was enough to sink them. The Czechs have good players, but Ro-sickly's injury was too much to overcome.

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    [Comment from NY Gunner]
    Ronaldo man of the match, but I have to say, think Coentrao is not far behind. In truth, the whole portugal back line has been strong

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    James Tyler: Because his failure for Portugal has been so dissonant with his accolades and success at club level. This is his first great tournament for A Seleccao.

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    [Comment from Dennis]
    Why does Ronaldo need "redemption"? I am not that knowledgeable about soccer?

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    [Comment from Mandelbrot]
    Custodio's in to clean the garbage.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    If Rosicky could play, he would've come in 20 minutes ago

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Portugal is 12-1-1 all time in EURO history when scoring first, that one loss to France in 2000 Semifinals.

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    James Tyler: Great save by Cech! Unsighted given Ronaldo's leap, he does brilliantly to deny Pereira.

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    James Tyler: As Rog alluded earlier, the cliche of Ronaldo's failure at international level was tiring in the extreme. His last two games have shown that he can indeed play well for country. Timely goals, great play, superb stuff.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Injured. Personally I'm not expecting him to take the field.

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    [Comment from MacDaddy]
    Rosicky?????

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo's Redemptive Mystery Tour looks set to continue for at least one more game... eight minutes left.

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    James Tyler: Czechs have to go for it now. Nine minutes left and needing a goal.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Jan. Massive shame. Lost CRon one time too many.

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    [Comment from Jan]
    What a shame for Gebre Selassie. He's had a very good tournament.

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    [Comment from John Tucker]
    POST 4, RONALDO 1. The Petr Cech Republic: 0

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    [Comment from juan doe]
    THE CZECH LEVY HAS BROKEN

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    Jeff Carlisle: Gebre Selassie hesitated for just an instant, and that was enough for Ronaldo to pounce. Great movment by CR7.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Portugal and England have the most goals from crosses this tournament with 3 each, including Ronaldo's goal today.

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    [Comment from NY Gunner]
    Spectacular

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    [Comment from Autoglass]
    Just an incandescent player, really.

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    James Tyler: Lovely diving header from the Real Madrid demi-god. Portugal again attack down the right, Moutinho's cross appears overhit for Almeida but CRon sprints in front of Selassie and directs a header low... it bounces up into the net. Cech finally beaten. Well then.

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    [Comment from TrapperKeeper]
    POWERFUL!!! WHAT A HEADER!!

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    [Comment from NY Gunner]
    That is amazing!!!!!

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    RONALDO REDMPTION

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR PORTUGAL! RONALDO DOES IT! FINALLY!

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    James Tyler: Dan said it, not me!

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    [Comment from Dan]
    Nani is Portugal's Arshavin. Brilliant sometimes, but makes a lot of bad decisions.

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    James Tyler: Now then, Jiracek does well down the left to elude a couple of tackles, but his cross is easy for Rui Patricio.

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    James Tyler: Yeah, I think so too, Serge. Surely not even Nani would be that steadfastly selfish with the tension ratcheted up as it is right now.

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    [Comment from serge]
    I think nani was trying to cross and flubbed it

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Last international goal for Baros: He scored a penalty kick in a friendly against Israel on May 26.

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    [Comment from Boddingtons & Wafers]
    Rog, slow down, we'll be here after the game too.

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    James Tyler: Good far post ball intended for Ronaldo but Kadlec nods it clear. Didn't seem to know too much about where CRon was but did the job regardless.

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    James Tyler: Nani had players in the middle on that last effort. Worth noting.

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    [Comment from john_iowa]
    could this be a game of destiny for the Czechs?

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    James Tyler: Another chance saved by Cech! Lovely move down the right frees Nani again, but he shoots low from a narrow angle and forces a sharp stop by the Chelsea keeper.

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    [Comment from Riki Tiki Taka]
    That game against russia seems like an eternity ago now...

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    James Tyler: I think so, Auto. Not the game Paulo Bento would have envisioned this morning.

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    [Comment from Autoglass]
    The Portuguese had to figure that they would be up by now.

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    [Comment from Blazer Patch]
    I think I have a Kadlec somewhere in my lineage. I'm claiming him as family. Go Czechs!

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    James Tyler: If anything, Cech's knee to Kadlec's ribs has woken up the defender in a major way.

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    Jeff Carlisle: And to think, Kadlec started at left back against Russia.

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    [Comment from serge]
    portugal starting to look frustrated

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    James Tyler: Great defending again, indeed. Having a grand game for the Czechs.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Another goal saving play by Kadlec. Wow.

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    James Tyler: It's over the top. Nani slips behind the left back but Kadlec recovers to deflect it over the bar!

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    James Tyler: Chance for Nani!

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    Jeff Carlisle: A little over 15 minutes to go, plus stoppage time.

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    [Comment from Ryan]
    Pepe has been phenomenal - this game, and this tournament

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    James Tyler: Meireles gets inside the box on the left but his cross is cleared.

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    James Tyler: I think Nani's labored to assert himself as much as he'd like, NYG. Not playing poorly but definitely struggling.

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    [Comment from NY Gunner]
    What do you make of Nani's performance so far. A couple nice plays but you have to expect more from someone with his talent, right?

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    [Comment from Ajay]
    ...Erm Statsy, when was the last time Baros scored for his country?

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    [Comment from Riki Tiki Taka]
    Is Rog Bennett passed out in the bar in Donetsk? Rog?

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo does well to twist and turn free inside the box, he then passes to Meireles in the middle but the CFC midfielder blasts it miles over the bar.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Portugal has already completed more passes today (312) than its highest total of the group phase (306 vs GER)

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    James Tyler: Full credit to Howard Webb for not screwing up thus far. 20 minutes of regular time remaining. Still locked at 0-0. Hugo Almeida did get one past Cech but was offside, and Ronaldo's cracked the post a couple of times.

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    James Tyler: Baros cleaned out Meireles' ankles there. Nice ex-LFC on ex-LFC violence.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Nice tackle by...Milan Baros?

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    James Tyler: Sorry! I thought Ronaldo won a corner. He didn't. What a terrible player he is.

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    [Comment from Jwalk]
    What autoglass means is we need penalties and ROnaldo to miss his and weep openly

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    [Comment from Stretford End Guy]
    The Magic Spray used to be JT's tears from being a Liverpool fan mixed with water from the Pit of Despair.

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    James Tyler: Throw-in for POR in the right corner. Nani's cross finds Ronaldo at the near post but his shot is wide. Nice idea from Cristiano. He appeals for a corner and gets it. Good work by Kadlec to block his near-post flick.

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    [Comment from Autoglass]
    I want to see the Czech's win. Portugal is better for the tournament, but losing is the only way we will get to see Ronaldo weep openly, Troy!

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    James Tyler: Kadlec is OK! He's readying to get back in there!

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    James Tyler: Sweat, CK One, and the power of positive thinking (in mist form)

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    [Comment from Jwalk]
    Whats in the magic spray?

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    [Comment from Mike]
    rub some dirt on it

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    James Tyler: Not sure magic spray will be enough to help Kadlec, there.

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    [Comment from GFOP Mike]
    Cech looked like a TYTON there

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    Jeff Carlisle: Oooh. Knee to the ribs there, with Kadlec on the short end. That. Hurt.

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    James Tyler: Poor Mr. Kadlec. Offered up as sacrifice to Petr Cech's penalty area gods.

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    [Comment from A Man]
    CECH SMASH!!!

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    James Tyler: He debuted the chipped PK in the Euro 76 final against the Germans... and it was the trophy-winning PK.

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    [Comment from Scott]
    Wow, Cech destroyed his defender there!

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    [Comment from David]
    Czechs were also semi-finalists in 2004! We lost to those pesky Greeks!

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    James Tyler: Look up highlights of Panenka, the glorious Czech playmaker. It was he who pioneered the chipped penalty shot later popularized by Zinedine Zidane.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Czechs were losing finalists in 1996. Old Czechoslovakia won in 1976.

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    James Tyler: Assume you mean John Terry, Auto.

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    [Comment from Autoglass]
    JT doesn't have the hair to compete with Ronaldo. Also, he is not profligate, nor prodigal.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: POR 53-47% on possession

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    Ravi Ubha: Can't believe Bilek is sticking with Baros. Doing absolutely nothing.

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    [Comment from Anton]
    How far have the Chech ever progress in Euro? If they win this game, what would it mean for the country?

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    James Tyler: Corner is to the near post but cleared. Meireles has a second crack at it but Rezek nods it behind for another corner.

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Cech is out of his mind right now!

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Statsie, what are possession %'s looking like?

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    James Tyler: Nani does well on the right but his pass infield for Moutinho is poorly controlled. Still, A Seleccao has it back. Long range shot from Moutinho is palmed over the bar by Petr Cech!

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Touches in attacking 3rd: POR 132, CZE 64

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    James Tyler: Indeed he did, Rick.

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    [Comment from Rick]
    Did Dzeko come from Wolfsburg?

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    [Comment from Scott]
    Czech is looking more likely to score right now. I think Portugal is ruing their missed chances.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Pilar played for Viktoria Plzen in the Czech league this past season.

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    James Tyler: 28 mins left. Baros blasts on over the bar. He's having a stellar tournament.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Joining Wolfsburg after the tournament.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    What club does Pilar play for?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Interesting. Rezek coming on for Darida. Rezek was the starting right midfielder until Hubschman was inserted into the lineup. Yep. Jiracek moving centrally.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR CZECH REPUBLIC: Darida off, Jan Rezek on.

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    James Tyler: Yes, Joshua. ET and PKs assuming no winner following the ET.

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    [Comment from Joshua L]
    James, if this game is tied at end of 90 is there extra time and possibly penalties mate?

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    [Comment from The Likely Lad]
    That Czech defender was brave like an Englishman jumping up to close the offside trap

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    James Tyler: Chance for the Czechs as Pilar skips past Pereira but his low cross is blocked and cleared. Panic moment for POR there.

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    James Tyler: Agree, TK. Almeida took a glimpse at glory.

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    [Comment from TrapperKeeper]
    Ronaldo was on there! Simple goal if Almeida leaves it!

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    James Tyler: Brilliant, Troy. Though my parents' basement is so accommodating!

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    [Comment from Troy]
    James, I say you get on the field then and play football rather than sitting behind a computer all day.

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    James Tyler: GOAL! But it's offside! Hugo Almeida with a simple header but he's offside on the cross.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I think Bilek needs to sub Darida. Bad giveaway there.

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    James Tyler: Czechs with a bit of possession but given away carelessly in their own half... great shot on goal from Nani but Cech does well to parry!

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    James Tyler: (hangs head in shame)

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    [Comment from Brian]
    James, Ravi; how dare you have expectations for the best player in the tournament!

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    James Tyler: Though Ronaldo did note in the pregame press conference that he wanted to score so Ravi Ubha stopped saying mean thing about him.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Good question, Dan B. Daniel Kolar seems the most likely option, but he's been terrible in the games that I've seen him.

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    James Tyler: Bashing? I guess we should say his off-target shots were really on-target, then.

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    [Comment from Troy]
    Well watch Ronaldo score because of the way Ravi and James keep bashing him.

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    James Tyler: A hobbled Rosicky, surely.

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    [Comment from Dan B]
    Who do the Czechs bring on for a spark?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Milan Baros: 18 touches, 6 in the attacking 3rd, none in the box.

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    [Comment from Ajay]
    You all watch, for all your talk of Baros doing nothing...just wait and see who scores the vital goal in this match!

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    James Tyler: Jiracek concedes a corner. Tracking back well.

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    James Tyler: Shot for Ronaldo! Gets goalward of his marker (nice ball over the middle by Meireles, I think), chests it down to get ahead of Selassie but shoots wide!

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    Ravi Ubha: Is Baros playing?
    Pekhart's frame could be trouble for Portugal given the way Portugal has conceded from aerial balls.

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    James Tyler: Milan Baros moving as swiftly as Emile Heskey on tranquilizers.

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    James Tyler: Portugal working it down the right but a stray pass gives Limbersky the ball.

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    James Tyler: I like that the balance of voting in the CZE-POR ballot is slowly shifting towards the Czechs. Now 32% of ballots reckon they will steal a win.

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    Roger Bennett: Would love to see Milan Baros' stats

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Ronaldo is the only player in the tournament who has hit the post more than once with 4 overall, including twice tonight.

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    Ravi Ubha: And not a Liverpool player in sight.

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    James Tyler: Czechs dragging now. Lacking their early-game brio.

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    Ravi Ubha: 4 posts for Ronny in last two games. I think six overall for the Portuguese in tourney.

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    [Comment from Jesse N]
    wish i could've picked up POST for my fantasy team.

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo's having another strong game.

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    [Comment from Goalpost]
    Stop hitting me

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    [Comment from Marvin]
    Barcelona might want to sign POST to a new contract. Best Ronaldo defender I've seen so far

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    Jeff Carlisle: Yep. Looked like it grazed the outside of Cech's left post.

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    James Tyler: Whoops. Was it POST? I apologize. Looked like Cech touched it onto post.

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    [Comment from Ryan]
    Post again!

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    James Tyler: Great shot past the wall, dipping in and destined for the far corner but Cech is equal to it.

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    Roger Bennett: Greatest Slow Mo ever?

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    James Tyler: Petr Cech saves it!

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    Ravi Ubha: Was closer, and Ron was closer!

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    Ravi Ubha: Second chance.

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    Ravi Ubha: Wasted free kick. Seriously, we know he can score from FKs, but come on, not from there.

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    James Tyler: ... and he cracks it into the wall. Howard Webb says the wall wasn't 10 yards back and orders a retake.

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    James Tyler: Ronaldo struts into position to shoot...

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    James Tyler: More Portugal pressure but Ronaldo is upended by Mr. Hubschmann. Free-kick.

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    [Comment from Steve]
    It's definitely Wolfsburg with seven goals. Three by Mandzukic, and two each by Pilar and Jiracek.

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    James Tyler: So true, Jeremy. I cried myself to sleep that night. The nerve of CRon to do such things!

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    [Comment from Jeremy]
    JT is just upset because he predicted Ronaldo to score 0 goals last game and Ronaldo facepalmed his prediction.

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    Roger Bennett: Wasnt it Portugal Greece which prompted Ruud Gullit to coin the phrase "Sexy Football." I wonder what Ruud would call this one...

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    [Comment from dean]
    carroll would have buried that

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    James Tyler: ^^^ What Rog said. Great stuff, Pog!

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    Ravi Ubha: Where were you, Nuno Gomes?

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    James Tyler: Within seconds, Hugo Almeida balloons a close-range header over the bar when it was surely easier to put that on frame.

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    Roger Bennett: Pog, on behalf of all of the Cover It Live Gents, we wish you and your growing family health and happiness. You jumping on the comments while you were having baby was one of the highlights of EURO 2012. Congratulations to all.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Cameron needs to improve his decision making, Jeff. He gets caught in possession just a tad too often.

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    James Tyler: Hup, Czech Rep, Hup

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    James Tyler: Second half is underway!

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    [Comment from Jeff]
    Jeff, this isn't a Portugal vs. Czech question, but you cover the USMNT. What does Geoff Cameron need to work on the most to become a fixture in the starting XI? He defends well and is calm with the ball in the back.

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    Roger Bennett: I would give Ronaldo 20 bucks to do this http://cms.442.haymarketnetwork.com/contentimages/blog/Combover.jpg

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    [Comment from The Likely Lad]
    Postiga goes down on the same day Mido returns to English football. Exciting day for Tottenham supporters.

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    James Tyler: Troy, it's all in good fun.

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    [Comment from Troy]
    James, why do you keep bashing Ronaldo? You jelly?

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    James Tyler: Possession stats are a misnomer because the entire first 45 was sleepy.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: That will take some time, Zeus.

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    James Tyler: It seems like Portugal's in control, but they're really not, Juan Doe.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Economy question:/ If Greece can beat Germany,/ Will they get bailed out?

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    [Comment from juan doe]
    JT, I just got home from work and haven't seen a sec of the game, who's dominating possession?

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    [Comment from Pog]
    Rog, named it Ike after USMNT U-23 CB Ike Opara. (Ok not really, but he is named Ike.) I can mail you pictures at the MIB address.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Sure. Ronaldo would just look the singer from Kajagoogoo.

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Not countries, Statsie. Which club team has had the most goals scored by their players in the tourney so far?

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    [Comment from Ajay]
    Can you picture Ronnie sporting a Tina Turner hairstyle?

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Auto. They make Gomer Pyle look competent.

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    [Comment from Autoglass]
    He has fallen prey to the Arsenal Medical staff. No one has a chance under that lot's care.

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    James Tyler: If I had a spare million lying around, I'd donate provided he shaves his entire head, Pog.

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    Roger Bennett: POG WHAT DID YOU CALL YOUR BABY???

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Spain has 6 goals, several teams tied with 5, including Portugal.

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    Ravi Ubha: Please, an early goal tomorrow between Greece and Germany.

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    [Comment from Pog]
    If C-Ron announced a charity auction in which the winning bidder was allowed to give him whatever hairstyle that person wanted, how much money would he raise?

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    [Comment from Sandy]
    Rosicky is playing left bench

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    James Tyler: Rosicky is not fully fit. Story of his life, really.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Rosicky is still battling an Achilles injury.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    where is Rosicky today?

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Statsie "what club has scored the most goals during euro 2012

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Ronaldo: 16 touches in attacking third (POR best and tied for game high), 4 touches in box (only player in game with more than 1)

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    [Comment from Ajay]
    Not as much as they'd say if he won the World Cup. So long as he doesn't have that little shiner on his CV, he still can't go where no man has gone before.

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    James Tyler: I think Ronaldo might actually buy a penthouse on the moon were he to win international accolades for his country. He'd have a major one-up on Messi in the most interminable player v. player debate ever.

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    [Comment from john_iowa]
    what would the world say about Ronaldo if Portugal won the Euro's, and on a more important note, would he still remain in the earths stratosphere based on the size of his head?

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    [Comment from John madden]
    When the score is 0-0 this means no one has scored a goal #somethingjohnmaddenwouldsay

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    James Tyler: The longer this stays 0-0, the more chance the Czechs have of winning. #Analysis #SomethingYogiBerraMightSay

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    [Comment from jesse]
    Pepe is Portugal's best player

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    [Comment from Jan]
    We love C-Ron's hair / Dying to see his hairdo / In the second half

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    We have reached the half / Without a goal, predictions wrong / blame the psychic sloth.

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    At least Klinsy doesn't call up Bornstein. For that he has earned many free passes.

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    [Comment from Rich]
    Kyle Beckerman is Brian Scalabrine with dreadlocks

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    [Comment from GFOP]
    Bridesmaids to Greece. And she was one ugly bride, in one ugly wedding.

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    James Tyler: I never tire of Kyle Beckerman jokes/references.

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    [Comment from Hank]
    Klinsmann: "Portugal would have a goal, if they had someone like Kyle Beckerman patrolling the midfield."

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    [Comment from The Likely Lad]
    Cech is the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer of this match.

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    James Tyler: No, Mark. They were bridesmaids at Euro 2004 but not yet a bride.

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    Ravi Ubha: Klinsy on Ronaldo: "He looks hungry. He wants (it) so badly."

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    [Comment from Mark]
    Has Portugal ever won a major international tourney?

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    [Comment from Blazer Patch]
    To be fair Troy, I'm getting paid to read this stuff right now...

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    [Comment from GFOP Mike]
    Helder Postiga / Injured on the pitch - he needs / Lady Physio

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    Ravi Ubha: Klinsmann an analyst in the studio for BBC.

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    James Tyler: Thanks, Troy!

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    James Tyler: Nope, he was on.

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    [Comment from Troy]
    I seriously can't believe you guys get paid for this stuff.

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    [Comment from RCTID]
    Was CR7 offsides on that last shot?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Confirmed, Ronaldo has hit the post 3 times at EURO 2012

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    James Tyler: There's your lot for the first half: CZE 0, POR 0. POST is a Czech's best friend.

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    James Tyler: But good for the Czechs, and for advertisers! Eat burgers! Drink lager! Drive this particular vehicle!

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    [Comment from PeterG]
    Carlisle, I guess the sloth is taking a trip to the meat factory.

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    Ravi Ubha: Bad time for the half to end for Portugal. Best spell.

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    James Tyler: (paging Statsie for confirmation...)

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    [Comment from Bobby T.]
    I think that's at least the third time Ronaldo has hit the post this tourney.

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    Jeff Carlisle: It's my specialty.

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    [Comment from David Moyes]
    haha, more subdued? bad timing on that one Jeff.

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    Roger Bennett: Whenever the Ukrainian commentator mentions Ronaldo, he then makes three air kiss noises after his name.

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    [Comment from Marvin]
    There it is. POST with the big plays again.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Portugal has already hit the woodwork 5 times at Euro 2012.

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    James Tyler: With 60 seconds to half time, he gets in behind Kadlec and shoots. Cech is beaten but it cracks the post. Think that's Portugal's fifth touch of the woodwork at Euro 2012.

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    [Comment from Blazer Patch]
    Post - man of the match for now

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    James Tyler: POST! Ronaldo hits the post!

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    James Tyler: Nani skips into the box but has one too many defenders to dribble past. Hoofed clear. Now it's Ronaldo's turn to escape a swarm of Czech defenders. He can't.

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    Roger Bennett: Not Poborsky. Update: He has an english accent. I now think he used to be the bass player in Adam & The Ants

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    [Comment from Arsenalista]
    Right up there with Balzaretti

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    Jeff Carlisle: Game has definitley become more subdued.

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    James Tyler: Let's sort an All-Name Xi at half-time. TYTON in goal. No disputes there.

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    [Comment from TrapperKeeper]
    I nominate João Moutinho for the All-Name XI shortlist. That's a name I don't mind getting stuck in my head.

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    James Tyler: Pilar restrains Pereira. Portugal free kick.

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    Ravi Ubha: No pen. Good call. Nani slipped.

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    Roger Bennett: Tomas Hubschmann is on the "Name most likely to be used as a euphemism by Philip Roth X!"

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    James Tyler: Long ball downfield for Ronaldo to chase. Skipped through to Nani inside the box but Czechs clear. Shouts for a handball or a foul on Limbersky but Webb's not that bad.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Indeed, but I don't think Hubschman's gotten the credit he deserves for turning things around for the Czechs. The team's defense improved massively when he was put into the lineup.

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    Ravi Ubha: Agreed on Rosicky.

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    James Tyler: Plus, Tomas Hubschmann has a name that could make the Euro 2012 All-Name XI shortlist. Looks great on the page and sounds great when you say it.

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    Ravi Ubha: BBC commentator: "All the England games from now on are on the BBC." (and not a rival channel) Probably gonna be just the one more.

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    James Tyler: That sounds borderline unpublishable, Auto. But I'll allow it.

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    [Comment from MataOfTime]
    Who underrates him? He's great for Shakthar.

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    Roger Bennett: Jeff. Agreed. I wonder what the Czech midfield really field about Rosicky's absence. They have played TERRIFICALLY as a unit without him...

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    [Comment from Autoglass]
    This match is dying off. We need more Howard Webb. Toss a Portuguese, Howie!

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    Ravi Ubha: Yeah, JT. Glad the Czechs are competing well but now I'm at the point where I want a good chance!

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    [Comment from TrapperKeeper]
    Rog - just break into the VIP suites at the Donbass. That place is AMAZING!

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    [Comment from Mike R.]
    Pretty sure I saw Stretcher Crew open for Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five back in '84

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    Jeff Carlisle: Hubschman, seriously underrated player for the Czechs.

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    James Tyler: So, five minutes to halftime then. Nary a legit goalscoring chance to report since Ronaldo's close-range wallop that Cech parried a while ago.

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    [Comment from GFOP Mike]
    Did you bring your own bedsheets, Rog?

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    James Tyler: Stretcher Crew were a great 90s boy band, Autoglass. Rivaled Bell Biv Devoe for staying power in the music industry.

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    Roger Bennett: Danny. i am in Donetsk. and the hotel i am staying at has neither phone nor wireless. nor doors.

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    [Comment from Autoglass]
    So that's the STRETCHER CREW, then?

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    James Tyler: Oh dear. Sad to hear, Rog.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I'm wondering the same thing, Danny.

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    Roger Bennett: JT. you would not love him now. dude can put away the beer nuts if you know what i mean.

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    [Comment from Danny]
    Roger, You are reporting from a bar?? How do I get that job??

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    [Comment from Avi]
    Poborsky is a Championship Manager legend

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR PORTUGAL: Postiga off, Hugo Almeida on.

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    Ravi Ubha: And Poborsky scored a peach of a winner vs. Portugal in the '96 QF.

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    Roger Bennett: This could be addition by subtraction. Like Koscielny for Mexes... i wish they would bring Nelson on though...

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    James Tyler: Oh dear, off comes Postiga. Feel bad for him.

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    [Comment from WhatNotToWear]
    Huge fan of the all-white kit. Looks like 11 Backstreet Boys running around out there.

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    James Tyler: LOVE Karel Poborsky. Even though he joined Man United. Euro 1996 was his oyster.

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    Roger Bennett: I am sitting at the bar here with a bloke who looks just like Karel Poborsky

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    [Comment from Casey]
    I agree more greens and a nice vinagrette

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    Ravi Ubha: But is it bad news for Portugal?

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    Ravi Ubha: Bad news for Postiga -- hamstring looks like it's done.

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    [Comment from MikfromPoland]
    i can't hate on CR. He gave two VIP tickets to my friend who greeted him at Portugal hotel

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    James Tyler: Now, Portugal trying to attack with speed but getting bogged down. Entire Czech XI has time to sit back and defend. Two banks of five, I think. Helder Postiga is down. Maybe a muscle pull. Probably better for Bento if Postiga has to come off.

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    Roger Bennett: Serious question: what do people think of the Portugal strip? i think they would be tastier with green shorts...

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    Ravi Ubha: LOL, Rog.

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    Roger Bennett: Heits -- i LOVED his performance. exactly what i wanted from his as an everton fan. No other team would touch him with a barge pole. He is ours. ALL OURS.

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    [Comment from Heitinga]
    I was terrible!

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    James Tyler: Or, the one of CRon in short shorts and on crutches.

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    James Tyler: For the best picture of Cristiano Ronaldo ever, look no further than Ken Earlys' Twitter profile pic @kenearlys

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    Ravi Ubha: Hey, Rog, what you make of Heitinga this tourney?

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    Roger Bennett: Timmy is a fabulous shot stopper who does not concentrate as well as he could and his positioning can be suspect. Perfect Everton player really.

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    [Comment from deav]
    everything about ronaldo is ridiculous and ostentatious

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    James Tyler: Wolf, I suspect CRon watched one too many Roberto Carlos YouTube videos and copied his move.

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    [Comment from Wolf (GFOP)]
    James - I am so glad you commented on that....I absolutely HATE Ronaldo's run up. Ridiculous and ostentatious indeed.

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    [Comment from Andrew]
    Out of curiosity, where is Tim Howard on the goalkeper hierarchy in the world

  •  

    James Tyler: Clearly, the answer is TYTON for best goalie.

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    [Comment from TrapperKeeper]
    Casillas, Neuer, Hart > Cech

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    James Tyler: He has a glance. He looks back at the ball. He has a glance. He sprints in and whacks it low through the crowd... but it's always curling away from goal.

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    Roger Bennett: How different must it be from a gameplaying perspective for Cech to play with Czech Republic than Chelsea -- how much harder the gent has to concentrate. He already looks exhausted.

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    James Tyler: Now, Ronaldo with his long, ostentatious free kick run-up.

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    [Comment from Mr. Pink]
    Neuer!

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    [Comment from Mandelbrot]
    Is it me or does Raul Miereles looks like Max Payne from Max Payne 3?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: POR has completed 40 passes into the attacking 3rd so far, CZE has completed 35.

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    James Tyler: Free kick for the Portuguese as Limbersky gets a revenge shot on Nani. The United winger stays down.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Best helmet wearing one maybe, but Casillas is top at the moment.

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    James Tyler: Can Gebre Selassie get it done on a wet Tuesday in Stoke? Answer: maybe.

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    [Comment from Morty]
    Is Cech the best keeper in the world?

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    Ravi Ubha: Two things there: Great, great effort by Alves to keep the ball in, then what was Gebre Selassie doing? Careless give away.

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    Roger Bennett: Did Selaisse really back flick it in his own box? does he really think he is going to earn a dream move to Wigan playing like that?

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    James Tyler: Corner for Portugal, Moutinho biffs it into the box but it's cleared. He has another crack at it but the far post cross is cleared... then, third time it loops to CRon.... he connects on his bicycle kick but puts it wide. Nice effort.

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    Ravi Ubha: TV points out that we've had nine corners within 32 mins.

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    James Tyler: I think the stifling Warsaw summer necessitated a closed roof. Plus humidity does awful things to Cristiano's coif.

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    [Comment from Autoglass]
    Why is the roof closed? Didn't look like it was raining. Is it broken and unopenable already?

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    James Tyler: This chat is great thus far, folks. I tip my hat. The Euros bring out the best in all of us: Statsie's on fire, Ravi Roger and Jeff all working manfully, and some superb twists in conversation in the comments. I wish we could post them all! Just know that it's all massively appreciated.

  •  

    [Comment from GreatGooglyMoogly]
    Howard Webb is Maester Aemmon (Blind)?

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    [Comment from GFOP]
    Jason Bourne has way more personality than Ballack.

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    Roger Bennett: Howard Webb is... Varys?

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    [Comment from GFOP]
    Webb clearly equals Varys.

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    [Comment from John]
    Howard Webb GOT -- Sir Ilyn Payne

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    [Comment from Chicagoon]
    Anyone else think Ballack looks suspiciously like Jason Bourne?

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    [Comment from NY Gunner]
    Coentrao looking strong!

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    James Tyler: Jiracek meets a similar wall of resistance on the right side of the box. Ronaldo's defense-o-meter flickering between 0 and 1 on the "I Could Care" scale. Leaves tons of room for Jiracek and Gebre Selassie, in theory.

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    [Comment from GFOP Mike]
    Who's Howard Webb's Game of Thrones equivalent?

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    Ravi Ubha: I guess the numbers have made sense, since Portugal sat back vs. Germany, went into a shell after going up 2-0 on Denmark, and were content to counter vs. the Dutch.
    They probably won't mind that the Czechs are more adventurous than they thought.

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    [Comment from Ajay]
    For the record, the whole octopus trend started with the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL back in the 50's I believe. Anytime their goal tender had a shut out, the fans would throw an octopus onto the ice. Take that STAT-O-MATIC.

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    [Comment from Yellow Card]
    Hey Guys! you're going to see a lot of me today

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    James Tyler: Good run by Gebre Selassie down the right but his cross is cleared. Ronaldo then gets free down the left (in the space Selassie left behind) but is turned away from goal by three Czechs in his path.

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    Jeff Carlisle: It's actually a three-toed sloth Peter G. One toe up means the Czechs.

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    James Tyler: Howard Webb can't just ref a game. He has to be THE game. Wait for Pepe's karate-kick. It's coming, surely.

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    James Tyler: Miguel Veloso shown yellow for hacking at Darida

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    [Comment from Peter G]
    Carlisle just keeps a psychic octopus on his desk.

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    Ravi Ubha: 53-47 possession for Czechs. Portugal haven't been keeping the ball at all this tourney. Low possession numbers overall.

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    Jeff Carlisle: This is starting to look like Netherlands/Portugal circa 2006.

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    James Tyler: Another yellow forthcoming. Folks, it's the Howard Webb Show!

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    [Comment from Gayatri]
    Jeff Carlisle psychic much?

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    James Tyler: Prescient, Jeff!

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    Jeff Carlisle: There you go. Nani booked for foul on Limbersky.

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    James Tyler: Nani and Limbersky's burgeoning hate-fest continues as the United wing crunches the Czech left-back from behind.

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    James Tyler: Ah, Jeff. Thanks for clarifying.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ridiculous. That was no foul.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I think he called him for an earlier foul there James.

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    James Tyler: CHANCE FOR PORTUGAL! Cech stonewalls Ronaldo from close-range! His gut will be stinging after feeling that one. Linesman calls him offside but he's not, as far as replay shows.

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    Roger Bennett: Journalists at game start typing their "Cristiano is terrible" narrative

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    Jeff Carlisle: Limbersky and Nani getting a little animated there. Source of later cards I think.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    I read Statsie in Leonard Nemoy's voice

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    [Comment from Stretford End Guy]
    Actually, I always hear JT sounding like David Beckham and Roger sounding like Hugh Grant.

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    [Comment from Autoglass]
    Keep talking about Jesus, boys, and the trolls will be here in no time.

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    Roger Bennett: Welcome to my life Chicagogooner

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    James Tyler: Now, Coentrao get behind Jiracek and Gebre Selassie, he lofts in a cross, it takes a touch off Selassie and loops toward goal but Cech isn't fazed, stepping back towards his line and catching comfortably.

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    [Comment from Chicagooner]
    Does anyone else read essentially everything in David Attenborough's voice?

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    Roger Bennett: Goethe

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Who can I read in Michael Ballack's voice?

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    James Tyler: Rosicky is fluctuating between "decent" to "ouch"

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    Jeff Carlisle: Rosicky could be a late sub, but I doubt we'll see him.

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    [Comment from DW]
    what's the word on Rosicky's fitness?

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    What about Jesus Navas?

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    [Comment from Aaron]
    I prefer to read James and Jeff's in Ian Darke's voice and Ravi and Roger in Steve McManaman's

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    Jeff Carlisle: Worse than slippery. It's coming up in parts.

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    James Tyler: Rog, what formation does that team play? 0-0-2? 1-0-1?

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    [Comment from Eric W]
    The pitch looks slippery...

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    James Tyler: Another deep cross from the right aimed at Baros but he can't react it. Pilar keeps it in play but fouls Pereira.

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    Roger Bennett: Yes. Samaras also made the EURO 2012 All Jesus Team. It is a two man team

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    [Comment from TrapperKeeper]
    If Jiracek is Jesus, does that make Samaras Jesus after a visit to the salon?

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    James Tyler: Of course I'm fine! Works out better for me that way.

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    [Comment from Blazer Patch]
    James, hope you are ok with this, but every time you post, I read it with Martin Tyler's voice.

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    James Tyler: Now, some tension in the box as Howard Webb gives Jiracek a talking-to for getting near to Ronaldo. Corner's blasted over everyone anyway.

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    Roger Bennett: Jesus just elbowed the Son of God. Howard Webb wont stand for that

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    ESPN Stats and Info: In the first 15 minutes of each match, Portugal has registered one touch total in the attacking box (against NED)

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    James Tyler: Plasil's corner is rubbish.

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    Roger Bennett: One of the joys of watching with the Ukrainian commentary team is that they sound so familiar from all the clips that end up on youtube. Sir Ian Darke they may not be, but still a class combo

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    James Tyler: Good cross from the right flank by Darida, right there for Baros to connect but he can't! Goal was begging, there. Good work by Pepe to just muscle him off-balance enough to fluff the chance.

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    James Tyler: Ravi is right in that the Czechs look very robust where Denmark and the Dutch did not.

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    James Tyler: I think Nani, at times, needs to work on escaping his own shadow.

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    [Comment from dave]
    James, do you think Nani will ever get out of Ronaldo's shadow?

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    James Tyler: Cross in is decent but Ronaldo flicks it over his own net! Rui Patricio was coming for it, too. Ronaldo won't care; he probably thinks he could be a better goalie if given the chance.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Czechs really starting to come into this game. Passes are beginning to find their targets.

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    Ravi Ubha: Surprised at how well the Czechs have started.

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    James Tyler: Hubschmann's been great for the Czechs since getting into the XI. He and Veloso will be key today as those holding midfielders also tasked with kick starting attacks.

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    James Tyler: Lovely ball into the left channel for Jiracek but his cross is blocked out for a corner.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Portugal's crossing has not been great in this tournament. Portugal is 0-5 crossing so far today and 12-79 (15.2 pct) overall.

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    [Comment from Dan, NJ]
    the Czechs are one of the most quietly solid teams in world soccer.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Dangerous back pass there by Jiracek, but Sivok did well to snuff out the danger.

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    Ravi Ubha: Nani has been so good this tourney, but played more on right.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    somehow, somewhere, someday, Nani is going to get what is coming to him

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    James Tyler: Nani's been playing a lot on the right at the Euros, freelancing to either flank. I like Lahm/Podolski more, probably.

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Is there a better pair down the left flank in the tourney than Nani/Coentrao?

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    James Tyler: maybe, FM, but will it be on target?

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    [Comment from From Merseyside]
    Got a feeling we may see one of those classic Meireles piledrivers from 30 yards out today

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    Roger Bennett: Platini also a challenging coach for the same reason.

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    Ravi Ubha: Lovely cross there by Nani. Virtually no back lift and he still puts it in a good spot.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Arthur. Falls into that same trap.

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    [Comment from Arthur]
    Or what made Jordan a terrible owner.

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    James Tyler: Meireles' corner is cleared. Follow-up cross blocked out for a throw-in.

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    Jeff Carlisle: I must say, Baros has done well taking down Cech's punts so far. That will help the Czechs play more in Portugal's half.

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    James Tyler: Maybe so, Rog. A good point. Though one only has to look at Catalonia's record under Cruyff to see that he is capable of bucking the trend.

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    Roger Bennett: James Tyler: that dynamic is what made great players like Cruyff (and lesser ones like Hoddle) such terrible coaches

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    James Tyler: Nani and Limbersky in a bit of a tussle. A few angry words exchanged.

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    James Tyler: I think Ronaldo's anger stems from the frustration that his teammates are nowhere near as good as he is.

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    Roger Bennett: Klinsi. He made our "Looks most like Jesus X!" We love that gent

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    [Comment from Zeus]
    Angry Ronaldo has such a great pouting face

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Klinsi. Credit Michal Bilek for adjusting his formation so that Jiracek could shift to the right flank.

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    Roger Bennett: What a nice team-centric captain Cristiano is. That little skip/leap is his way of telling us he wants it bad

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    [Comment from Klinsi]
    Jiracek has been underrated by commentators this tournament. Looks dangerous on nearly every ball.

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    James Tyler: First shot of "Angry Ronaldo"... look out.

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    Ravi Ubha: Nice positive start by the Czechs. Not sitting back. Looked composed.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Coentrao vs. Jiracek should be a matchup to watch today. Coentrao looking solid so far.

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    James Tyler: Coentrao is the LB, RTT

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    [Comment from Riki Tiki Taka]
    Coentrao's been pretty good at right back, no? And he played in a real group.

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    James Tyler: Don't think anyone's made an advance yet, John. But it could happen.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Germany was the youngest team at 24.6 years old on average; Russia was the oldest at 28.4 years old.

  •  

    [Comment from John]
    Is Selassie rumored to be headed to a major league?

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    [Comment from SAHIDAN]
    PORTUGAL 2 CZEPUBLIC 0

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Ravi. Gebre Selassie's been the best right-back at Euro 2012. By far.

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    James Tyler: Yes, Ajay. It's a sight to behold, really. A frightening level of forethought on CRon's part, or testament to the superstitions he holds regarding his hairstyle.

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    Ravi Ubha: Ronaldo toyed with van der Wiel last week, so interesting to see how he fares against Gebre Selassie, having a great tourney. To be fair, van der Wiel had no help at all from his mid.

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    [Comment from Ajay]
    Has anyone else noticed how Ronaldo has been switching hairstyles at the half?

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    [Comment from TFA]
    Statsie: Can you tell us which teams at Euro 2012 has had the youngest/oldest starting 11 on average during the group stages?

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    James Tyler: Howard Webb will incorrectly award something today. Penalty, red card, something.

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    James Tyler: Max is leading "Comment of the Day" so far.... step up your game, commentariat!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Webb will be hit with the ball at some point today.

  •  

    [Comment from Max]
    If you look closely, you can even see Howard Webb with some playoff hair.

  •  

    [Comment from Aaron]
    JT: chances Howard Webb impacts this game in some fashion?

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Just happy to be a part of the team.

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    James Tyler: I swear, there is no Stat that Statsie cannot unearth. It is a sight to behold, and a pleasure to work alongside.

  •  

    [Comment from Aaron]
    Statsie, bravo. You are an amazing collective.

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    James Tyler: LINEUPS:
    Portugal (4-3-3): 12-Patricio; 21-Pereira, 2-Bruno Alves, 3-Pepe, 5-Fabio Coentrao; 16-Meireles, 4-Miguel Veloso, 8-Moutinho; 17-Nani, 23-Postiga, 7-Ronaldo

    YCs: Ronaldo, Postiga, Meireles, Coentrao, Pereira

    Czech Rep (4-2-3-1): 1-Cech; 2-Gebre Selassie, 6-Sivok, 3-Kadlec, 8-Limbersky; 17-Hubschmann, 13-Plasil; 19-Jiracek, 22-Darida, 14-Pilar; 15-Baros

    YCs: Jiracek, Plasil, Limbersky

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    James Tyler: Look at them in the tunnel, side by side. A rather antsy Petr Cech, blessed with some fine chin growth. Ronaldo, all smiles and heavily-slicked hair.

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    Ravi Ubha: Portugal the favorite for the first time in a game this tourney. Little change of dynamic.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Coentrao, Ronaldo, Meireles, Pereira, and Postiga all on yellow cards for Portugal.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Since 1980, Greece's Giorgos Karagounis has 8 yellow cards and Radoslav Latal of Czech Republic has 2 red cards.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Rooney's hair > Ronaldo's hair and Cech's beard. Unlike the latter two, it would survive a nuclear holocaust.

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    James Tyler: Would also be a great name for an indie band. "Cech's Beard." Playing the finest in fuzzed out distortion rock. Catch them at SXSW next year!

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    Jeff Carlisle: That would take some serious effort Stretford End Guy. I think Cech's approach is more casual. More like Hagrid.

  •  

    James Tyler: I'll buck the trend and go with Cech's beard.

  •  

    [Comment from Tanto]
    Well what's better? Ronaldo's hair or Cech's beard?

  •  

    [Comment from Richard]
    I do like Cech's beard, and I get that the playoff beard is a thing, but come on man, at least shave the spotchy parts on the neck...

  •  

    James Tyler: I love this, Aaron. We're going to test Statsie to the limit today.

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Ooh, tough stat there. But Cech and Schmeichel would have played in a few games.

  •  

    [Comment from Aaron]
    Statsie, who has the most yellow/red cards in Euro history?

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    [Comment from Stretford End Guy]
    @Jeff: Do the Euro Beards look anything like the gamekeeper's beard from "Hunger Games"?

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    [Comment from Jordan]
    i just found out about this live update and now am going to do nothing at work the rest of the day

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Some of the kids are almost as tall as some of the Czech players

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Only Peter Schmeichel (20) has conceded more goals at European Championship finals tournaments than Petr Cech (15).

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    Roger Bennett: You can tell it is an elimination round. Everyone knows the words.

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    [Comment from Blazer Patch]
    If Nani is Pippen, is Pepe Rodman? Who is Will Perdue?

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    1-1 after 90. Note it.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Statsie's on fire!

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    James Tyler: (slow clap, Statsie)

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    ESPN Stats and Info: The New York Islanders of the NHL started the playoff beard tradition in the 1980s.

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    Roger Bennett: Nani. The Scottie Pippen of Portugal. Nice voice though...

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    Jeff Carlisle: Petr Cech said the team was sporting "Euro beards". Kind of like playoff beards in hockey. He was asked after the Poland game if it itched. He said, "I won't mind keeping it until July 2."

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    James Tyler: I'm a huge fan of Petr Cech's playoff beard.

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    [Comment from John]
    Cech's beard and padded had are making him look like a medieval barber

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    [Comment from Ben]
    Viva Ceský! 1-0

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    [Comment from Travis]
    Czech Republic 2-3 Portugal in ET with a surpise appearance from OWN GOAL

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Cristiano Ronaldo attempted a total of 12 shots against the Netherlands, the most by a single player in a single game at the Euros since group play began in 1980.

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    [Comment from TFA]
    3-2 Portugal but Portugal will have a player sent off.

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    Ravi Ubha: Great stat pointed out by the research guys: The Czechs have never missed a penalty at the Euros, 22 for 22.

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    Roger Bennett: Portugal 2-1. Would love Ronaldo to score. Be such a refreshing change to have him do well in a tournament. The other storyline is almost becoming a cliche

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    [Comment from dean]
    i am predicting statsie domination

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    [Comment from Pepe]
    I'm bound to do something stupid in the box before this tournament is over. 2-1 Czechs.

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    James Tyler: I'll see your thoughts and give Portugal a 2-1 win. Extra time.

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    [Comment from Tanto]
    1-0 Czech's in ET

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    [Comment from Sandy]
    I'm predicting another goal line mis-call.

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    [Comment from The NY Kid]
    Czech Republic 2-1 The Diving Ronaldos 1

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    [Comment from Eric]
    3-1 Portugal (Ronaldo hat trick)

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    Ravi Ubha: JT, gonna go with 2-1 to Portugal.

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    Jeff Carlisle: The reason cards are wiped out after the quarters is so if a player gets a yellow in the semi, he won't miss the final. I can see the logic actually.

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    James Tyler: Actually no, Alex. We haven't. Lads? Score thoughts?

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    [Comment from Alex]
    Hey all! Back from lunch. Have we had a prediction yet?

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    James Tyler: Would be logical, Richard, but really, nothing logic-based abounds with FIFA/UEFA.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Rosicky will be on the bench, and could come on as a sub, so I hear.

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    [Comment from Richard]
    What are your thoughts on cards not being wiped until after the quarters? I would rather have them wiped after the group stage.

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    Ravi Ubha: Patrick Kluivert, doing some work for Eurosport, goes with Portugal 2-0.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Jeff. Big thing to watch. All key players for the Czechs should they stun the world today.

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    [Comment from Cesky]
    Just got here, so sorry if this has been said already, but is there any word on Rosicky's status?

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    Roger Bennett: Seth was wearing a summer tweed by the sound of it. hard to tell just by his voice though. A more passionate Dutch fan you will not find... hope you enjoyed as much as we did

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    Jeff Carlisle: Thinking ahead, Limbersky, Plasil, and Jiracek all carrying yellow cards. Cautions are scrubbed after this game.

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    James Tyler: And yes, Christian. It is stunning. In fact, I think his curtailed temper is a major factor for Portugal's success thus far.

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    Ravi Ubha: Rog, that was my intention! Eau de Ravi.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Did I read that right? Pepe has not been carded at all this tourney?

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    Roger Bennett: Rav. your aftershave is still faintly wafting all over the town

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    [Comment from GBK]
    Roger, one question: was Seth wearing a blazer on the podcast?

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    [Comment from dean]
    STATSIE

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    James Tyler: Evening, Rog! Glad you made it there safely.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: • Cristiano Ronaldo's two goals against the Netherlands took his international goals tally to 34, ahead of Luís Figo (32) and into third place on Portugal's top scorer list. Only Pauleta (47) and Eusébio (41) lie ahead.
    • Hélder Postiga and Ronaldo are now among seven players to score at three UEFA European Championships, after Jürgen Klinsmann, Vladimír Šmicer, Nuno Gomes, Thierry Henry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hey, Rog. Glad you got there OK!

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    Jeff Carlisle: Thank Pep Guardiola for that. Barca didn't want to let him go, but Guardiola made it happen.

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    Roger Bennett: Hello America. @rogbennett here from downtown donetsk. a town so quiet, you would never know there wil be a Euro 2012 quarter final here in 48 hours time

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    [Comment from Blazer Patch]
    And Messi wasn't on the overage list to boot last time. What a bonus that was.

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    [Comment from Doug]
    Statsie is BACK!!!

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    James Tyler: I am prepared to bet, Mr. Pink, that Lord of Merchandising David Beckham will make the GB squad.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Yep, Dago. Messi, DiMaria, Mascherano, and Aguero were all on that Argentina team.

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    [Comment from Mr. Pink]
    Do we know yet who the 3 overage players for Great Britain will be?

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    James Tyler: Darida had to cancel his summer holiday after making the CZE squad at the last minute. So that's fun.

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    [Comment from Dago]
    Did Argentina win the gold last time around? I can't remember.

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    Jeff Carlisle: For those wondering, Vladimir Darida (who will be playing in Rosicky's spot) is just 21 and has all of two caps, both of which were sub appearances prior to the tournament. Big moment for him.

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    [Comment from Blazer Patch]
    What ever are we going to do come July 2? Work? Do actual work?

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    Ravi Ubha: Good point, JT. Cristiano and four others from Portugal a booking away from missing SF.

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    [Comment from cobs]
    Hello JT and the ESPN team... Thanks a lot bringing us the EURO Drama. By the way, Is Bruno Alves underrated?

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    James Tyler: Yellow cards are wiped clean after this round, so a second yellow for any of the above YCs mentioned means a semifinal suspension should their team advance.

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    Ravi Ubha: Bento picks the same team for the sixth straight competitive game.

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    ESPN Stats and Info: Hello everyone, Jason York from ESPN Stats and Info.

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    James Tyler: Portugal (4-3-3): 12-Patricio; 21-Pereira, 2-Bruno Alves, 3-Pepe, 5-Fabio Coentrao; 16-Meireles, 4-Miguel Veloso, 8-Moutinho; 17-Nani, 23-Postiga, 7-Ronaldo

    YCs: Ronaldo, Postiga, Meireles, Coentrao, Pereira

    Czech Rep (4-2-3-1): 1-Cech; 2-Gebre Selassie, 6-Sivok, 3-Kadlec, 8-Limbersky; 17-Hubschmann, 13-Plasil; 19-Jiracek, 22-Darida, 14-Pilar; 15-Baros

    YCs: Jiracek, Plasil, Limbersky

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    James Tyler: Yes, David. Actually, lineups right now:

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    [Comment from David]
    any word on the lineups yet? I'm wondering if Bento is gonna go with olivera over postiga from the start

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    Jeff Carlisle: On the men's side, the Olympics are U-23 tournament + 3 overage players. I like the competition though. Some good up and coming talent should be on display.

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    James Tyler: Ian: Olympic footy is a good incubator for talent. It's also a point of national pride. You know, that whole thing.

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    James Tyler: Guilty on the latter, RD.

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    [Comment from Ian (LFC)]
    What's up with Olympic football? Obviously it's below the World Cup and Euro, but just how low is it ranked as far as importance? It seems like the international version of the Carling Cup.

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    [Comment from Reasonable Doubt]
    I am not sure we can trust JT's objectiveness and analytical prowess. He is, after all, a Liverpool fan.

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    James Tyler: Oh good lord. I am wearing clothes today. It's the Euros!

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    Jeff Carlisle: It will be easier given that Argentina didnt' even qualify.

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    [Comment from Doug]
    Astounding Brazil has never won Olympic gold in football...

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    Ravi Ubha: JT, what's your answer to Dago?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Kelley O'Hara at left back helps. We'll see how the right side stacks up without Ali Krieger.

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    [Comment from Dago]
    I wonder what James T is wearing...

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    [Comment from Ben]
    Does Pia finally have an answer for Japan's speed?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Men's tournament: Brazil's team is stacked.
    Women's tournament: I like the US.

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    Ravi Ubha: Only reason he looked better because he was so bad before. Yes, injuries and playing out of position at Arsenal didn't help him.

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    [Comment from Ben]
    Jeff, who do you have as the favorite for the Olympic tournament?

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    Ravi Ubha: Let's not anoint Rosicky as the savior. Yes, played well for Arsenal this season - but in spurts.

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    [Comment from Ajay]
    I was in Wroclaw, watching Poland's opener from the fan zone. I thought it was relatively quiet, however a few natives to the city told me it was the most crowded they had seen the place in quite some time.

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    James Tyler: Will, he's starting on the bench! But then again, so does the entire squad if not named in the XI.

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    Ravi Ubha: No, am in London.

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    [Comment from Will GFOP]
    Rosicky is returning today right? *Every Arsenal supporter shrugs and heaves out a sigh*

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    Ravi Ubha: No idea. France? Ukraine? Wimbledon?

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    James Tyler: I'd never do such a thing!

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    Ravi Ubha: Is that a trick question, JT?

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    [Comment from Saenek]
    Olympics? Plenty of time for you to walk/hitchhike from Poland to London.

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    James Tyler: Afternoon/evening, Ravi! Where are you today?

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    [Comment from Dillon]
    So, who's everyone pulling for today?

  •  

    Ravi Ubha: Hi all. So glad we've got football for the next four nights.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Nothing sinister. Always the plan to come after the group stage. I'm going to the Olympics as well so just trying to balance things out a bit in terms of travel.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Jeff, what made you leave the area?

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    Jeff Carlisle: *rimshot*

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    [Comment from Sandy]
    And boy are your arms tired?

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    Jeff Carlisle: Tell me about it, Sandy. I flew from Warsaw to San Francisco.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Sandy. The minutes were as slow-moving as Jamie Carragher in quicksand.

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    [Comment from Sandy]
    I swear, yesterday was the longest day EVER.

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    James Tyler: Can't complain, Chicagooner. I'm so giddy for the Euros, I can't even be upset at your pun.

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    [Comment from Chicagooner]
    How are Eur-all doing?

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    James Tyler: Afternoon, Jeff!

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    James Tyler: Yes indeed, folks. The Euros have returned. Our shakes will finally subside, replaced with quality footy.

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    Jeff Carlisle: Greetings everyone! Let the knockout stages commence.

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    [Comment from Mr. Pink]
    Thank god its back!!! i was having withdrawals all day yesterday!

  •  

    [Comment from Ben]
    The withdrawal was bad yesterday...

  •  

    [Comment from Jeremy]
    Merry Quarters!

  •  

    [Comment from Michael]
    Milan Baros with a brace today. I can feel it

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    [Comment from Eric (GFOP)]
    Happy Cristano Ronaldo Day!

  •  

    [Comment from Sam]
    THANK GOD YOU'RE BACK, EUROS. WE MISSED YOU SO MUCH YESTERDAY. literally i was curled up in a corner crying

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    James Tyler: Now that the wheat and chaff have been separated, we're left with eight teams, all of which have a viable shout at moving forward to the semis.

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    James Tyler: Happy Euros!

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    James Tyler: Good afternoon, one and all!

 
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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Czech Republic

  • 2(0)

  • 21

  • 13

  • 44%

    56%

  • Portugal

  • 20(5)

  • 18

  • 7

Match Stats

  • Czech Republic
  • Portugal
2(0) Shots (on goal) 20(5)
13 Fouls 7
6 Corner kicks 11
1 Offsides 3
44% Time of Possession 56%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 0