Czech Republic and Portugal go head to head on Thursday evening in the first quarter-final of Euro 2012, as William Hill announce a free bets offer and make Ronaldo and the Portuguese odds on for victory.
After working extremely hard to turn things around to progress from their respective groups, both teams will now have their eyes on a semi-final place in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
Czech Republic can be especially pleased to have made it this far. They lost their opening game to Russia 4-1 and were dismissed as one of the worst teams in the tournament. Their chances of progression? Well they didn’t have any.
Things took a more positive turn when they managed to defeat Greece in their second game, while the 1-0 win over co-hosts Poland then completed the turnaround. In fact, they ended up topping the group.
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Now, with the pressure still relatively off – they are the underdogs in this quarter-final – they need to continue their progression and raise their game once again. Now is not the time to revert back to a more negative performance.
As for Portugal, they were perhaps unlucky to lose their opening game to Germany, but wins against Denmark and Holland proved enough to see them qualify alongside the Germans.
They showed real quality in the win over Holland too. Going 1-0 down, they could have crumbled, but instead they remained calm and dominated large periods of the game.
They reaped the benefits of having Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks too. He scored two excellent goals to hand his team the points and a place in the last eight. More of the same is required from the Real Madrid man and the team as a whole.
As mentioned, Portugal are definitely favourites on Thursday evening, but who is to say Czech Republic won’t surprise people again?
It should be a very tight encounter as the first Euro 2012 semi-finalist is decided and it gets underway at 7.45pm on Thursday.