Cristiano, who has seen you and who sees you!

POrtugal cleared up the doubts left in his victory ‘in extremis’ over the Czech Republic (2-1). The team led by Roberto Martínez passed Turkey (0-3) and is already in the round of 16 like Spain, as first in the group.

It’s about time, Bernardo

It becomes strange, strange, but, however incredible it may seem and however altruistic it may be, Bernardo Silva did not know what it was like to score in a big tournament with Portugal. He had played 14 games to date and there was no way: four in Russia 2018, four in Euro 2020, five in Qatar 2022, one in Germany 2024… and there was no way. Finally, the fifteenth time was the charm. Parabens, Bernardo.

Nuno, it’s good that you’re back!

It has not been a good season for Nuno Mendes at PSG. He has barely been able to play 14 games (946′) due to a thigh injury. Even so, Roberto Martínez chose to include him on the list and The former Sporting player wants to claim what he is: one of the best wingers in the world. He showed it at 1-0. He combined with Leao, found a highway and served the back pass that ended in Bernardo’s goal. In the second half, almost acting as a third centre-back, he was seen less in attack.

A Christian never seen before

The word unrecognizable does not necessarily have to be bad. Euro 2024 is showing us a Cristiano that we didn’t know. Hence Roberto Martínez’s defense in the press room: “He gives us experience, knowledge, finishing, he creates spaces.” At 39 years old, he doesn’t get tired: he continues to uncheck. From one of his movements behind the defense the 0-3 was born. Palhinha left him one-on-one and, instead of scoring, he gave the goal to Bruno Fernandes to surpass Karel Poborsky (6) and become, with seven assists, the top assist in the history of the Euro Cups. Top scorer, most games, most victories… It was the record he was missing. Of course, in another era, he would have shot. This time, he served as captain. What was said. Unrecognizable. The stands recognized him with a loud applause. He even smiled and posed for a photo with a ‘child’ who spontaneously jumped onto the grass..

With Cristiano, but without Arda

Güler’s discomfort/fatigue prevented us from enjoying the duel against one of his idols from the beginning. “Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane, Guti, Özil…“Arda responded when in his presentation he was asked about his references. As if that were not enough, the Madrid player had just snatched a record from CR7. With his great goal against Georgia he became the youngest player (19 years and 114 days) to score on his debut in a European Championship. Maybe next time. At least, from the beginning. When he took the field, in the 70th minute, everything was already decided. His team missed him. A lot.

Türkiye went ‘harakiri’

Samet Akaydin did not have his day. The Panathinaikos centre-back transformed a lack of understanding between Cancelo and Cristiano – the goal caught them both arguing – into Portugal’s 0-2. He did what a defender should never do: give in towards the goal without looking. Altay Bayindir was outside the goal and the ball ended up going in despite Çelik’s efforts to get it under the line. That’s where the game died. You know what they say: he didn’t want…


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