2. Cech’s Best Performance Of The Tournament?
Petr Cech has admittedly produced some of the nerviest performances we have seen from the Chelsea goalkeeper in a while, conceding soft goals and making clumsy mistakes. Maybe he steps up his game during the knockout stages, making numerous spectacular and important saves to prevent Portugal from gaining a hefty amount of goals in the match. He will also be placed in Martin Keown’s good books, after he collided with his own player to prevent a goal scoring opportunity, much to Martin Keown’s approval.
3. Fábio Coentrão Deserves Praise
While Ronaldo gets the majority of praise from the press, Fábio Coentrão also deserves a share of the praise. The left-back is playing behind probably one of the most attacking forwards in the tournament who rarely tracks back, yet Coentrão constantly supplements the Portuguese attack down the left-hand side and still manages to track back. This was evident during the match, constantly bombing forward in order to help out with the attack, becoming an additional threat for the Czech Republic.
4. Czech Republic’s Anonymous Striker
What can I say? Milan Baroš did not have an impressive tournament, yet alone an impressive match. The only memorable moment of the match was that he committed two fouls. The striker announced his retirement straight after the match, which may pave way for a younger generation of Czech strikers to fill in his boots and (hopefully) put in a better performance than he did in this tournament. We wish him well.
SFG Man of the Match: Ronaldo