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Portugal break Czech hearts
Posted Friday, June 22, 2012 by SNTV


Fans of the Czech Republic packed into the Old Town Square in Prague to watch their Euro 2012 quarter-final with Portugal.


Hundreds of Czech Republic fans crammed into the Old Town Square in the capital Prague on Thursday to watch their nation's Euro 2012 quarter-final with Portugal.

The Czech's had started the tournament poorly with a 4-1 defeat to Russia but subsequent wins over Greece and Poland meant they finished top of Group A.

Despite finishing the group stages strongly the Czech's were always up against it, with Portugal dominating the game for long periods.

In the end Cristiano Ronaldo's header 11 minutes from full time was enough to break Czech hearts as Portugal reached the semi-finals with a 1-0 win.

Portugal will now play either France or Spain in the semi-finals next Wednesday in Donetsk, while the Czech Republic will turn their attention towards qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia