Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Euro 2016 - Portugal's Ronaldo needs to step up

Portugal survived Croatia and have an arguably easier task as they face Poland for a spot in the semi-finals. The Portuguese were second best for much of the match against the Croats but good old Quaresma delivered at an opportunistic time to send his country through. Superstar Ronaldo is on an erratic form and without his magic, Portugal will probably not overcome the likes of Belgium, Germany or Italy, but Poland is an entirely different matter; the Poles also have a superstar missing in action with Lewandowski yet to find the net in the tournament. He's hustling and bustling in front though, so he's definitely not a surplus to requirements even when drawing blanks.

This is bound to be another tight game but I see Portugal just edging this one; Ronaldo needs to step up and on their best day, he, Nani, and Quaresma, are capable of lighting up the Polish defence.

To qualify: Portugal

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