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Impressive Portugal beat Turkey 2-0


Portugal 2 – 0 Turkey

(Pepe 61 , Raul Meirless 91+ )

Pepe opening the scoring Portugal opened there Euro 2008 campaign in an impressive fashion by defeating Turkey 2-0. Already a favourites to win the competition, and containing the best player in the world right now, Portugal showed why they are a force to be reckoned with. Portugal started well but were unlucky not to score in the first half.

They nearly took the lead in the 16th minute but the Pepe goal was rightly ruled offside. Ronaldo, who was quiet in the opening minutes sprang into his usual self at 30 minutes and beat 3 defenders but he shot wide. He nearly gave Portugal the lead eight minutes before the interval but his free kick was turned on to the post by a brilliant save from the goal keeper Volkan. Portugal hit the wood work again after the interval when Referee gave an advantage to Portugal but Nuno Gomes hit the post. It looked like it was not going to be there day but they scored a wonderful goal in the 61st minute. Pepe surged through the defence, played a neat 1-2 pass with Gomes before sliding the ball past Volkan. Three minutes later, Turkey were lucky that the scored reamined at 1 –0  .Ronaldo crossed from the left and Gomes header bounced off the bar. Turkey didn’t;t really threaten the Portuguese goal and whenever they did, Ricardo was up to the mark. In the injury time, Portugal added a second through a counter attacking move, Ronaldo found Moutinho with a pass and Moutinho set it up for Raul Meirless to side foot home in an empty net.

Portugal really showed that they are strong contenders for the Euro Championships.

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