Thursday, 28 June 2012

They Finished 4th: PORTUGAL

Should he, shouldn't he? Did he have a choice? Was he going for glory? We may never know how Ronaldo came to be pencilled in as Portugal's fifth penalty taker in the shoot out that knocked them out.

And although he never got to take a penalty and despite starting the tournament innocuously, Ronaldo came close to making Portugal the biggest one-man team since that team which actually had only one man in it (some Sunday League outfit, I suspect).

They exceeded my expectations by emerging from the Group of Death alive and kicking footballs. But win it? Not likely, given their lack of a penetrating striker. But hey, they're get into the habit of reaching semi-finals, and if they wrap Ronaldo in cotton wool, and bring through another two or three like him, they could go further next time.

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