Euro 2008! A Pretty Dull Start

Jonathon MurphyCorrespondent IJune 8, 2008

We have reached the end of the first day of Euro 2008. I must say it wasn't a start i shall remember. But it is a start and a good one for Portugal and Czech Republic.

The first game was Switzerland vs. Czech Republic

After a boring first half, Switzerland's main man was injured after a crunching tackle. The football started to pick up. With more of a battle between the two teams it looked like 0-0 draw. This was until the 71st minute when Switzerland's opening day party was crushed by Czech substitute Václav Svěrkoš. Switzerland nearly saved it from a powerful shot off the underside of the crossbar from Jonathon Vonthalen.

 

Switzerland
1Diego Benaglio 
3Ludovic Magnin 
4Philippe Senderos 
5Stephan Lichtsteiner 
8Gökhan Inler 
9Alexander Frei 
11Marco Streller 
15Gelson Fernandes 
16Tranquillo Barnetta 
19Valon Behrami 
20Patrick Müller

 

Czech Republic
1Petr Čech 
2Zdeněk Grygera 
3Jan Polák 
4Tomáš Galásek 
6Marek Jankulovski 
7Libor Sionko 
9Jan Koller 
14David Jarolím 
20Jaroslav Plašil 
21Tomáš Ujfaluši 
22David Rozehnal

The second game saw Turkey take on Portugal. This game also picked up in the second half with a much more of a midfield battle. Turkey did put up a fight but Portugal were too strong and won the game by two goals by Pepe and a late goal by Raul Meireles. Portugal have shown they are in form and have put out a powerful statement to the rest of the teams in Euro 2008.

 

 Portugal
1Ricardo 
2Paulo Ferreira 
4Bosingwa 
7Cristiano Ronaldo 
8Petit 
10João Moutinho 
11Simão 
15Pepe 
16Ricardo Carvalho 
20Deco 
21

Nuno Gomes

Turkey
23Volkan Demirel 
2Servet Çetin 
3Hakan Balta 
4Gökhan Zan 
5Emre Belözoğlu 
7Mehmet Aurélio 
8Nihat Kahveci 
17Tuncay Şanlı 
18Kazım Kazım 
21Mevlüt Erdinç 
22Hamit Altıntop