Euro 2012: 5 Reasons Why Czech Republic Can Be Proud of Their Performance

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Euro 2012: 5 Reasons Why Czech Republic Can Be Proud of Their Performance
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The first quarterfinal of the 2012 European Championships saw the Czech Republic dumped out of the tournament by a brilliant diving header in the 79th minute from none other than Cristiano Ronaldo

The first half was really even; it was a different story in the second half, with Portugal constantly pushing forward. It was a surprise, really, that it took Portugal so long to score. 

The Czechs pushed Portugal to the brink, but it was the men in white who took the three points and a semifinal spot. 

The Czech Republic can be proud of their accomplishments in the tournament, though. Here are five positives the Czechs can take home and be proud of.

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