Euro 2012 Schedule: Bold Predictions for Portugal vs. Czech Republic

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJune 19, 2012

WROCLAW, POLAND - JUNE 12: (L-R) Jan Lastuvka,  Petr Cech and Jaroslav Plasil of Czech Republic at the final whistle during the UEFA EURO 2012 group A match between Greece and Czech Republic at The Municipal Stadium on June 12, 2012 in Wroclaw, Poland  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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The quarterfinals of the 2012 European Championships will get off to a stunning start when Czech Republic takes down Portugal.

Few give the lightly regarded Czech's much of a chance in this match, after all, they are ranked 28th in the world to Portugal's 10th, but this team is coming together and playing as a unit.

So strap in because it is going to be a wild ride. Here is how it will play out. 


Cristiano Ronaldo Will Score

In his first two matches at this tournament, Ronaldo was a giant disappointment. He hadn't found the goal, and he hadn't made much of an impact in any way. 

Then, in Portugal's third match, he was given a little more freedom and he went off. He had two goals and narrowly missed a hat trick. 

He will carry that momentum and freedom into this match and add another goal to his total. 


Petr Cech Will Sparkle

Cech struggled with a shoulder injury earlier in this tournament, but he is now healthy and ready to go. 

Cech is a supremely talented goal keep and the heart of this team. He takes international competition seriously, and he will will himself to a stunning performance here. 

The Czech's defense as a whole has been rapidly improving, but they will have moments where they struggle against the flashy Portugal attack. Cech will be there to save them time and again. 


Czech Republic Will Pull off the Upset

This Czech team is certainly not laden with international talent. Instead, they have a solid core of domestically-based players. 

This is those guys' chance to shine and really make a name for themselves. In a setting like this, hunger cannot be overestimated. 

This is a team that is committed to making the right moves and playing as a team. Their attack is looking better with each minute and they will be able to break down a Portugal defense that can struggle. 

Combine this with the performance Cech is going to put in, and you have a 2-1 Czech win.