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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 June, 2004, 08:57 GMT 09:57 UK
Euro 2004 diary
By Phil McNulty and Paul Fletcher
Our men in Portugal

As the Portuguese celebrated wildly in Praca da Ribeira on Thursday, one particular group of England fans cut a very glum figure.

They had driven from England in a mad dash to get to the host country for England's game.

But their first experience of Portugal was of another bitter disappointment for their team.

The only thing that brought a smile to their long faces was having their photograph taken with Chris Waddle.


England fans in Portugal had their bitter disappointment really rubbed in on Friday.

The Portuguese went berserk after their win on penalties on Thursday.

And anyone watching Portuguese television on Friday could be in no doubt as to what happened at the Stadium of Light.

All day RTP ran replay after replay of goalkeeper Ricardo saving Darius Vassell's penalty then stroking the ball past David James to win the tie.

It was truly heartbreaking.


Former Croatia coach Otto Baric
Baric - last of the big spenders

Otto Baric - the 71-year-old Croatia manager who ended his reign after defeat against England - has been easing the pain with a spot of retail therapy.

Baric, whose radiant and luxurious dark brown hair has been the subject of some cynical suggestions that this may be more a case of Grecian 2000 than Euro 2004, has stayed on in Lisbon after his team's departure.

And Otto has been spotted around his hotel carrying hefty bags of shopping from Lisbon's finest emporiums as he moves into a relaxed retirement.


England had support from within the Premiership in their quarter-final against Portugal.

Birmingham's Stephen Clemence, whose father Ray is on the England backroom staff, was in Lisbon, as was Blackburn's England Under-21 striker Jon Stead.

Clemence was also forced to ask a reporter - in the nicest possible sense - "don't you know who I am?"

He arrived in the gym to witness the Press Association's popular workaholic England reporter John Curtis pounding away on the exercise bike.

Clemence, who is well-known to Curtis on the Midlands soccer beat, introduced himself to blank looks from the intrepid reporter-turned-cyclist, at which point he posed the question.

The simple answer to his question was "no" - because Curtis did not have his glasses on.





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