Euro 2008! A Pretty Dull Start

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Euro 2008! A Pretty Dull Start

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.

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


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


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

Nuno Gomes

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

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