Guest Jeffery S. Posted June 24, 2004 Share Posted June 24, 2004 Another great game, worthy of the competition. And a classic match-up that was probably the best one-on-one so far in Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo up against Ashley Cole, who was probably man of the match. Superb player, all the more amazing that he had to show it vs. a 19 year old, who is also going to be a beauty if he isn't already. Ashley Cole for Prime Minister. The game's 1st phase was really not the first goal but the sub of Rooney, as he was giving England more dynamism up front and gave them plenty of options going forwards. And Vassell was horrible all night, the penalty was just the icing. After this sub Portugal insisted without breaking down the middle, so much so that in the end, by the time they got their 2nd half goal, England had gotten used to defending and Portugal to attacking. Lucky for Portugal, since England was still basically 4-4-2 and Portugal was playing a 3-3-3-1 and then after Postiga came on a 3-3-2-2 or something weird like that. Meaning by extra time England should have been able to play the game all over the field, but perhaps their mids, especially Lampard, were totally burned out. So Portugal looked like they wanted it more, and Rui Costa's goal was a burner, a killer. That should have been it, but England snuck back and got the goal for the right to lose from the spot. That's two great Portugal comebacks in subsequent Eurocups vs. England. With Figo in the dressing room moping, what a prick. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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