Germany – 1 v Portugal – 0
We deserved a point. It’s as simple as that, but in reality it didn’t happen. Our men played as hard as I’ve ever seen them play and they represented the country well. On another day with luck on our side we could have won comfortably. We had more shots and more chances to score. The scoreline just doesn’t do our team’s performance justice.
Patricio- 6.5/10: He did everything right. Charged out to claim every ball that he could and never made any mistakes. No one could have saved the perfectly placed header by Gomez.
Pereirra- 7/10: The little right back completely shut down Podolski. He couldn’t generate anything from that wing and it was because of Joao’s perfect positioning and hard work. He has no chance against Gomez in the air so he couldn’t do anything on that cross.
Pepe- 7/10 : A terrific performance from Pepe. I still can’t believe that ball didn’t go in. A great first touch and a solid shot from the centerback on the lose ball after a corner rattled the bar and hit the goal line only to bounce the opposite way. I would have liked to see him better positioned on the goal, but the deflection obviously affected that.
Alves- 6.5/10: Alves played extremely hard and left everything out on the pitch. Granted for that one run by Gomez late in the game that Bruno gave up on he played solidly. Some great long balls out of the back gave us some great opportunities in the final third.
Coentrao- 8/10: Man of the match for me. Absolutely brilliant play from the former Benfica man. Always was challenging Mueller, and attacked brilliantly down the left with some unstoppable runs. If he can duplicate that performance for the next few games we will be just fine. Shut down Mueller completely for the most part, let’s just hope he doesn’t pick up a second yellow next game..
Veloso- 6.5/10: A pretty good game from Miguel. Defended well and was always well positioned when someone from the back line was caught in the other end. I would just like his distribution the be a bit more fluid, but regardless he didn’t turn the ball over hardly ever.
Moutinho- 7/10: Joao played a valiant game. Took knock after knock from the bigger German players, but continued to brush himself off and keep battling. That through ball to Ronaldo was something to behold and he defended very well constantly breaking up the German’s passing rhythm.
Meireles- 5/10: Raul played his heart out like everyone else and tirelessly went from one end of the field to the other. He was stout defensively, but his passing and decision making was off.
Nani- 6/10: Nani was our most dangerous winger for the most part in this game. Got in better and better positions as the game wore on and really got his chances at the end once he drifted inside for Varela to take the right wing. His shot in the last few minutes destined for the top corner was also unfortunately blocked away. I would have only expected that shot that looked like a cross to go in from Nani, but instead it clanged off the bar…
Postiga- 5/10: Postiga tirelessly pressured the German’s back line when they were in possession all night and he was strong in the air, but his hold up play needed to be better. He never combined well with Ronaldo or Nani like he did in recent qualifiers. Hopefully he’ll get more opportunities at goal next game if he gets the start.
Ronaldo-6/10: He was a marked man most of the night, but he got a few opportunities late in the match. Notably the ball from Moutinho that put him through and he would have slotted home if not for a brilliant last ditch tackle from Boateng. He also set Coentrao and Nani up nice for their chances at the dyeing embers of the game. It’s no secret he needs to be more involved and get more touches against Denmark though.
Varela- 5.5/10: Oh what could have been. Great control from Oliveira ended with a cross that fell to Varela’s right foot. Lahm and Neuer dove head first as Varela attempted to side foot one past them. Most claim he should have hammered it, but a simple touch of the right back to his left would have sent the two German’s sprawling past him and no one else was around so he could have finished into an open net. He will rue that miss, but there will be more opportunities for the Porto winger. All in all he did well in his 15 minutes of action, dribbling past defenders and finding space.
Oliveira- 6/10: A pretty good showing from Nelson. Created a few good opportunities and showed good control on multiple occasions. Brilliant control on the long ball and did well to square it in the box for Varela’s golden opportunity.
This loss will hurt, but we proved at the end of that game we can attack full force against anyone. You all saw what happened when we pushed our line up and pressured their back line deep in Germany’s half. All they could do was clear and we kept the pressure on. If we press Denmark like that, they will make mistakes and we will pounce. The Dutch really pressed the Danes in the first 25 minutes and as they tried to play out of the back they couldn’t do anything. The Dutch only failed because of their poor finishing and lack of creativity (sounds familiar). We will have our chances, we just need to take advantage of them because the next game is a must win. If we get three points, hopefully Germany will draw or win against Netherlands so we will be in 2nd place. First things first though, WE MUST WIN.
1) Bad linking between the players especially in the final third of the pitch.
2) Suspension. Given that we do win against the Danes, we should not have Postiga, Coentrao or any other player suspended cause we know that the last game will be a do-or-die game as well.
3) Fearing the Danes, and that could happen due to previous results. On paper, they are not better than us yet we always act as if we’re facing a monster when in fact they should be fearing us way more.
Things I look up to:
1) Ronaldo to score, him more than anyone else, and that would be for many reasons: first, he’s the captain and a goal would give him a morale boost like no other, especially if the game is tight and didn’t go exactly as easy as we would like. Second, Ronaldo is one of those players that the “ketchup rule” applies to and I seriously believe that scoring in the next game would make him more hungry for goals. Also in a weird fact: Ronaldo has scored in all of Portugal’s last 4 competitions so he’s bound to score again maybe?
2) Moutinho giving a wonder pass. His pass to Ronaldo versus Germany was orgasmic to say the least, and it’s a shame Ronaldo couldn’t convert what could have been goal of the round. I want him to give those passes another try against the Danes, the give us much more options than pure wing play.
3) Varela. I want to see him play again, to say the truth I didn’t expect him to be good at all but – aside from the missed chance – I was impressed by his work ethics. Hope he can get a good 30 minutes play if the match against the Danes went to our favor sooner than expected.
Posted from Russian Federation
PEPE! You were being the best on the pitch and scored for us!
Nani to HÉLDER POSTIGA – 2-0!
Damn you Bendtner!
where was the defence….
Great first half and relatively clinical finishing (see how desperate our finishing standards are?) up until the 2-0. In those 10 last minutes (including the first few) Denmark was better and scored a goal when our defense was nowhere to be found. This can’t happen again.
This game was a disappointment. How Portugal gave away a 2-0 lead to draw, Ronaldo to miss two clear chances for goal just gets me angry. They were LUCKY to go ahead 3-2. Nani was great, and I think varela deserves to start next game. I hate when the players decide to sit back on a one goal lead because they are not great sitting back and defending. They play better when they push up. Hopefully, Netherlands lose to Germany.
Posted from Australia
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Posted from United States
YES, we WON, but it was too much for my (and our) nerves! The players shouldn’t have let the game slide after we went two up, but at least Varela redeemed himself after the miss against Germany, and gave Portugal 3 precious points.
BTW, funny how we played “well” against Germany and lost, now we play “bad” and win. This just goes to prove that Paulo Bento can’t manage the players’ emotions after they gain a comfortable lead. He should take it as a warning for the game against the dutch. Speaking of the Netherlands, they will be playing now with Germany. I don’t even know which result would be best…
(I’m tired of this fu***** system being too weak to handle a few dozens of connections.)
3 points… I’ll worry about the performance later… much later. Goodnight and congrats to all Portugal fans.
I haven’t even watched the game yet but WAY TO GO VARELA! How can Bento not play him more next game? The guy subs in and it takes him 3 minutes to score! I said it after last game this guy should start, but maybe coming in as a substitute works out better? All I know is he needs more minutes! Forca Portugal!
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