The UEFA Euro 2012 tournament has reached the quarterfinals stage and it gets underway on Thursday afternoon as the Czech Republic takes on Portugal. The UEFA 2012 Quarterfinals odds have Portugal favored at -260, implying they have a 72% chance of winning the match. The UEFA 2012 Quarterfinals start time is set for a 2:45 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Euro 2012 has finally gotten to the knockout stage of the tournament, with eight teams qualifying for this portion of the tournament. The Netherlands and Russia were considered two of the favorites to get to this point and potentially win the tournament, but were both knocked out during Pool Play. Not good. So here we are, Portugal, who is one of the most popular clubs in the world, takes on the Czechs. The game is being played at National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland.
The Czech Republic won the Group A during Pool Play while Portugal was able to take second place as runners-up in Group B. The Czechs dropped their opening game to the Russian, 4-1, while Portugal was beaten by possible tournament favorite Germany. The Czechs were able to beat Poland and Greece while Portugal beat The Netherlands and Denmark, scoring five goals in those two games.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo has been on fire, scoring two goals in the squads last game. He's an international star and considered to be one of the best footballers in the world. In order for them to reach the semifinals in the tournament, Ronaldo might have to have another big game for his club. They will look to control the style of play and keep possession of the ball, which will cause the Czechs to play a frantic style. Portugal could do themselves a favor by scoring early in the game.
Czech Republic did an amazing job by getting to this point in the tournament after dropping their first match. Ultimately, they won their group in Pool Play despite being a longshot to do so. However, I think that will come to an end today if Portugal can play their style. I think they get two tallies today. Portugal 2, Czech Republic 0
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