Czech Republic vs. Portugal, Euro 2012 Quarterfinals Odds
|Written by Gaby Varji|
|Thursday, 21 June 2012 01:48|
Czech Republic faces an important challenge in the quarterfinals against Portugal at Euro: stop Cristiano Ronaldo, who was reunited with the goal and turns to resemble the striker who scored 60 times with Real Madrid last season.
In Petr Cech, the Czechs have one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Since its debut in the Czech team for over 10 years as a youngster of 19, Cech has become so dominant for the national team as it has been for Chelsea since joining the English team in 2004.
But even the presence of Cech in goal could be enough to halt the deadly Portuguese attack led by Christian, who scored two goals Sunday to remove to Holland.
Cech said the entire team should contribute to the great task of arresting Christian in Warsaw.
"I have faced in many games and I can use my experience, but is crucial for us to work as a team to succeed. He is a player who works hard to improve and has a powerful shot, "said Cech. "It's dangerous because he can finish with both legs, right or left, from any position."
Advantage of Luso. Before leaving Manchester United to join Real Madrid, Cristiano beat Cech with a header in the 2008 final of the Champions League and also scored a goal and the pass for another in the victory of Portugal 3-1 in the group stage of Euro 2008.
"In Chelsea, we always carefully prepare for matches against Manchester United," said Cech. "There is a way to stop Ronaldo and I hope to be successful. It is crucial not to make room because its speed is exceptional. "
The Czechs were practically left for dead after the 4-1 defeat against Russia, but rebounded with a pair of victories over Greece and Poland and now intend to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2004. They say do as much to do and even stopped shaving after his first victory, but little will help your new style in the quarterfinals.
"We have overcome two big tests," said Cech. We have an opportunity to match the success we had in Portugal (2004) ".
Czech Republic vs. Portugal betting odds:
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