PORTUGAL - CZECH REPUBLIC

Group A leaders clash for top spot

Portugal and Czech Republic, Group A's two leading teams, face off for the first position in the group.

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Portugal and Czech Republic, Group A's two leading teams, face off for the first position in the group.

"A different game from the one with Switzerland"

Our Observer from Czech Republic and former Sparta Prag Jaroslav Hrebik gives his pronostics before Czech Republic v Portugal.

It will be, of course, a different game from the one with Switzerland, because Portugal is an offensive team. Our team should pay more attention to defense to prevent the Portuguese from entering the penalty area. They should use aggressive pressure on the rival’s half of the field.

The Portugal team has a lot of football stars. We should concentrate not just on Ronaldo, but on Nuno Gomes and Simao as well, because they can interact with Ronaldo, and are themselves dangerous forwards. If Meira is on the team, we should use his tactic faults. Meira plays for Stuttgart and makes more mistakes than other Portuguese players.

As for our team, I’d like to see Jankulovski playing midfield, but Bruckner didn’t try him on this position, so he’ll probably keep the team’s line-up intact, with one substitution at best.

"Our team is in great shape"

This game will clearly be different from the one with Turkey, Czech Republic is such a fine team and we both have the same 3 points, so both teams will give their best to win and get to the quarter finals.

Our team is in great shape, and Czechs are missing Rosický which was, in my opinion, a key player, but they have other good players as well.

But people are still confident and show all their support to Portugal through various ways.By being in Portugal one can't do much to show their support for the team, yet people still gather around to watch the game and cheer for Portugal.

In Switzerland people are going to fill the stadium with Portugal's colours.I expect it to be a great match, a bit like Netherlands - Italy, but we'll see.In the meantime, Go Portugal!"