Portugal opened their Euro 2008 quest with a 2-0 victory against Turkey. Ronaldo didn’t score but he commanded his presence throughout the game, and was heavily involved in setting up the second goal in injury time.
Portugal controlled the game right from kickoff, but couldn’t find ways to send the ball into the net. Their closest attempt in first half came from Ronaldo from a brilliant freekick, which forced an equally brilliant save from Turkish goalie Volkan Demirel.
The Portuguese had to wait until the hour mark to find the net through defender Pepe, after a neat one-two with captain Nuno Gomes. Gomes had a decent game as well; he was unlucky to hit the post twice… or else it would be a much easier game for Portugal.
The man-of-the-match probably belongs to Cristiano Ronaldo, who donned the captain armband following Gomes’s substitution.
Ronaldo’s pace and dazzling runs tormented the Turkish defence, which often resourced to having two or three players marking him and leaving a hole in the centre defence… and it provided the chance for Portugal’s second goal.
Ronaldo took the ball and ran from the left, and drawn three Turkish players into the chase… he managed to squeezed the ball into the box for Moutinho, who unselfishly laid the ball to the unmarked Raul Meireles to seal the match.