Pre-match: Semi-final: Portugal vs Spain - June 27 [R]

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  1. JaredSS07

    JaredSS07 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 6, 2005
    Club:
    Newcastle United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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    Portugal vs Spain
    June 27, 20.45 CET
    Donbass Arena
    Pre-match Discussion Only
     
  2. joaommx

    joaommx Member+

    Sep 27, 2009
    Lisboa
    Club:
    Sporting CP Lisbon
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    I believe we can pull it off.
     
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  3. Juanele

    Juanele Member+

    Aug 4, 1999
    Colorado, US
    Yes you can, as long your coach doesn't fall into the same defensive trap that other coaches have. Exploit Spains wings and use your speed to get in behind.
     
  4. d3rd3vil

    d3rd3vil Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Yes that's the tactic. Run as fast as you can, control the ball, play fast and secure and score.
     
  5. sendorange

    sendorange Member+

    Jun 7, 2003
    Bigsoccer.com
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    I'd have to put my money on Spain winning this. Portugal also play a no-striker system and that is with Postiga or Almeida on the pitch :p

    Veloso and Meireles also too outmatched in central midfield. Will be a 1-0 or 2-1 grind.
     
  6. kaizer5

    kaizer5 Member

    Jun 23, 2012
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    The best player on the pitch will be wearing a white jersey,not a red one.
    Will the spaniards lock him down,or will he take his country to the promise land......
    Alternatively,the spaniards will put us to sleep again.
     
  7. guri

    guri Member+

    Apr 10, 2002
    well, someone should remind him that it's not a Real Madrid jersey, and that Sergio Ramos and Casillas are on the opposite team, otherwise he'll do what Benzema did today...
     
  8. SCP_16

    SCP_16 Member+

    Aug 8, 2004
    Bay Area
    Club:
    Sporting CP Lisbon
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    LOL ok dude. Perhaps you haven't watched the Euros yet. 4 posts, 3 goals, total domination.

    On topic now,

    Can't wait to see what cheating tactics the Spanish will employ or how obvious it will be when Platini get his Spanish boner.
     
  9. portugal#1

    portugal#1 Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I can see it going either way. History is on the Spanish side as they have never lost in a semi-final....However Portugal has had the advantage in head to head as of late including the 4-0 demolishing in Lisbon and Portugal also handed the Spanish their last loss in a Euro. I think the way the Spanish play benefit Portugal. Too close to call in my opinion...one thing is clear, Spain are the clear favorites.
     
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  10. JoseEmidio

    JoseEmidio Member+

    Dec 6, 2009
    London
    Club:
    SL Benfica
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Ramos gave away a goal a game for about 5 games at he end of last season, a accident waiting to happen, watch this space.
     
  11. whill4

    whill4 Moderator
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    Sep 11, 2011
    Returning Video Tapes
    Club:
    New York City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Should be a classic game. Ronaldo and Nani are really going to abuse Spain's lack of width and that is going to be dangerous. Ronaldo should have little problem dispatching Arbeloa so Ramos and Busquets are going to have to make sure to help Arbs out.

    But if Del Bosque plays another striker-less formation, I could see Spain getting away with a 2-1 win with a help from a PK as Pepe loves to smash midgets.
     
  12. Lafleur

    Lafleur Member

    Jun 23, 2012
    Fully Agreed.
     
  13. OrlandoEngelaar

    Jul 19, 2008
    CA
    I think Portugal will give Spain the biggest challenge. Spain's style of play just fits into Portugal's ideal game.
     
  14. SpaniardFC

    SpaniardFC Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    Vilagarcía de Arousa
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    portugal has the advantage in head to head? how so?
     
  15. benztown

    benztown Member+

    Jun 24, 2005
    Club:
    VfB Stuttgart
    I could see this going to penalties...
    Spain is the favorite, but Portugal is the kind of team that can beat Spain on a good day.
     
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  16. raviept

    raviept Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    Braga
    Club:
    Sporting Braga
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Portuguese hopes rely obviously on the counterattack with Ronaldo and Nani, but for that to be a successful strategy it is necessary to finish at least 50% of the chances, which hasn't happened in the previous matches.

    I was still sceptical about Spain's performance in this Euro 2012, but from yesterday's match it seems to me that they are not weaker than they were in WC 2010. Toughest match for Portugal until now (the game against Germany was played in different circumstances) and I hope that this will also be true for the Spanish.
     
  17. federicobeatle

    Jun 12, 2012
    England
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Spain may have an efficient play system that wins them matches but that does not stop them being boring. The England-Sweden match was far more entertaining than any Spanish match.
     
  18. Borussia

    Borussia Member+

    Jun 5, 2006
    Fürth near Nuremberg
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    I can see Portugal causing serious trouble to the title holders, but they will need a top performance over 90 (+x) minutes and can't afford 40 rather weak minutes, as happened against the Czechs.
     
  19. Neutral2

    Neutral2 Member

    Apr 30, 2006
    Germany
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Spain is the clear favorite in this one but i hope Portugal takes it. Spain is boring me to death.
     
  20. joaommx

    joaommx Member+

    Sep 27, 2009
    Lisboa
    Club:
    Sporting CP Lisbon
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    We don't, unless he means goals. It's completely tied as of late. We beat you 1-0 in the Euro 2004, you beat us 1-0 in the WC 2010. We beat you 4-0 in a friendly in 2010, you beat us 3-0 in a friendly in 2003.

    And before that there have only been draws until 1981 (when we beat you in a friendly).
     
  21. whill4

    whill4 Moderator
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    Sep 11, 2011
    Returning Video Tapes
    Club:
    New York City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Because 4-4-2 flank ball is the most purest form of football there is ;)

    Everyone has different tastes I suppose. And I guess people could find a system that dominates possession, utilizes one touch football, and a system that relies almost exclusivily on the entire team instead of one player someone could find boring :cautious:

    But whatever floats your boat....
     
  22. LoewenBoy

    LoewenBoy Member+

    Aug 25, 2004
    Giesing, Muenchen
    Club:
    TSV 1860 München
    Nat'l Team:
    Sint Maarten
    Can we please avoid the name-calling and denigration that started in the last thread? If you truly believe people can find Spain's style of play "boring" just respect the opinion without making snide comments and questioning their reasons or comments. Give respect and get respect, please.
     
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  23. federicobeatle

    Jun 12, 2012
    England
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    I do not mind that much, after all football is all they have left to be proud of at present.
     
  24. Chess_Panther

    Chess_Panther Member+

    Apr 29, 2007
    Porto, Portugal
    This.

    And this, in order to go through.
     
  25. BENFICATUGA

    BENFICATUGA BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jun 10, 2012
    Club:
    SL Benfica
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Portugal can definitely beat Spain, but we need to be more effective scoring goals... The truth is that we need like 10 shots on target to score a single goal. It has been enough until now, but against Spain it won't be that easy. In addition to that, Casillas is the world's best goalkeeper, so I think that it will be even more difficult. I just hope that he is in a bad day... Then we have another problem, Portugal never seems to keep up with a good performance during the whole game. That's definitely something that we need to accomplish to be in the final, an awesome performance during 90 minutes (or 120 :p). In my opinion, the key to win this game is an outstanding performance during the whole game, a good goal scoring efficiency and a solid defence (and also a bit of luck...). Força Portugal!
     

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