Knockout Round in Euro 2012 Portugal Vs. Spain — Consider the facts

Knockout Round in Euro 2012 Portugal Vs. Spain — Consider the facts—
By: Val Fulton
Game Date: Wednesday, June 27
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
TV Coverage: ESPN
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Before you make your decision about this intense Iberian Rivalry consider the Facts.
Facts courtesy of Yahoo Sports-
*Spain has met Portugal 34 times – more than any other side – winning 16 times and losing just six.
*However, this will only be the third time that Spain and Portugal will have met outside of the Iberian Peninsula.
*Their last encounter, in November 2010 in Lisbon, ended 4-0 in favour of Portugal, which remains Spain’s heaviest defeat since 1963.
*Spain has won just two of their last 12 games against Portugal.
*Fourteen of Spain’s 16 wins against Portugal occurred before 1960.
*Portugal and Spain have met three times in a major tournament, winning once each and drawing the other game.
*Those three games have produced just four goals in total.
*Portugal is making their fourth semi-final appearance at European Championship finals (1984, 2000, 2004), while they have only managed to reach the final once, on home soil in 2004.
*Spain has won 31 out of 34 competitive games under Vicente Del Bosque.
*Spain has kept a clean sheet in each of their last eight knockout games in major finals.
*The Spaniards have been ahead in 18 games at the Euros so far and have never lost – W16 D2.
*Spain have conceded just one goal so far at Euro 2012, fewer than any other side.
*Five of Spain’s eight goals at Euro 2012 have come in the last 30 minutes of play.
*Portugal has hit the woodwork six times at Euro 2012, more than any other side at any European Championship finals (1980-2012).
*Four of Portugal’s six shots which have hit the woodwork have come courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo.
*Cristiano Ronaldo has already scored six goals overall in European Championship finals – only Michel Platini (nine) and Alan Shearer (seven) have netted more in the competition.
*Cristiano Ronaldo is the first ever player to attempt 30 shots (including blocked) in a single Euro tournament.
*Spain have completed 2623 passes so far at Euro 2012, more than double as many as Portugal (1159).
Expected starting lineup to include the Real Mardid teammates to make for an exciting match.

 

Expected starting lineup to include the Real Mardid teammates to make for an exciting match.

Real Madrid’s Portuguese players
Cristiano Ronaldo
One of the most renowned and coveted players in the world game, Cristiano Ronaldo has ascended as a star quickly and for good reason. FIFA World Player of the Year and Balon D’Or awards he made history with his 94m euro move from Manchester United to Real Madrid.
Ricardo Carvalho
Classy & Composed, Ricardo Carvalho , is a leader in European football defenders.
Pepe
Immensely strong as a center-back defenders, Pepe is practically unbeatable in one-on-one situations. Hailed as, “dominant in the air and one of the fastest defenders in Europe”, he leads the FC Porto’s defense. , Real Madrid paid 30m euros to take the defender to the Spanish capital.
Vs.
Real Madrid’s Spanish player
Xabi Alonso
Spain midfielder says, “we always play the same game whoever the opponent”, indicating he is confident about the match up.
No matter who you prefer- it should be a great match up.
Will you be tuning in?

Val Fulton

Val Fulton is the President/ CEO of La Chat Belle, Director at EPA Entertainment, and Host of TKITK. She is the mother of four sweet children she affectionately calls her, ” kittens “. Ms. Fulton has worked for and with top start ups and US Fortune 500 corporations such as Bank of America, and one of the first online Venture Capital companies VentureSurf & New Model Ventures. She has been an entrepreneur founding and starting several companies as well as consulting for multiple individuals and businesses. She is an expert in marketing, business development, sales, fund raising, social networking, technology, SEO, branding and finance. She has been a member of numerous charities and non profits including the Maalgo Foundation. Ms. Fulton's energy, determination, optimism, creativity, and leadership skills brings to the organization an unparalleled level of momentum to any group, organization or company.

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