The Euro 2012 quarterfinals got underway Wednesday with Group A winners Czech Republic taking on Group B runner-ups Portugal.
At this point in the tournament, the fate of teams are decided on individual plays, moments of brilliance by one side and moments of question by the other. Every single shot/pass/touch is magnified as it could be the one that means the difference between going home and living on to play another day.
Likewise, the matchups between the players involved in these games are what determine the results. If a superstar can be shut down, then that side will suffer. If he rises to the occasion, then they should coast to glory. Stalemates lead to epic bouts.
Here are the top individual matchups to watch in the quarterfinals.