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Portugal 2-0 Turkey



Portugal's Paulo Ferreira was happy with his side's perseverance

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes his side are well on the way to the knockout stages after starting Euro 2008 with a win against Turkey.

Scolari said after the 2-0 victory in Geneva: "We are on the right path.

"We won the match and are 50% towards qualification. We needed six points, so 50% after one match is excellent.

"They showed good technical quality and impressive form - they were dynamic and willing to win. I am very pleased to have started with a good victory."

Scolari's side now face Czech Republic and Switzerland, knowing qualification for the next stage is within their grasp.

He added: "I know how important the opening match is. When you start by losing, the risks and pressure are higher.

"We're going to try to keep up this rhythm. We'll be confident [against the Czech Republic] but not too confident.

"We'll watch videos of the Czechs - they play in a different way to Turkey; let's see if we can keep it up and keep playing this beautiful football as that way we'll go through to the second round."

606: DEBATE

The Brazilian coach handed the captain's armband to Ronaldo when he took off starting skipper Nuno Gomes late in the game, explaining he wanted to give the Manchester United star a boost after a long season.

"I wanted to motivate him, to give him a little extra oomph to help him forget his tiredness.

"I have five captains, I'm always talking to them. I called them all into my room after Quim's injury and told them what I was going to do."

Ronaldo's assured display cast aside concerns that he may have become distracted by Real Madrid's bid to prise him from Old Trafford.

"I'm happy with what I did today. I'll get better but to be at this stage already is positive," the 23-year-old winger said.

"It was a great team victory, we deserved the win. If we continue like this we can go far at this Euro, but we have to stay calm, we haven't won anything yet."

Pepe, who scored Portugal's first goal, added: "I can hardly describe all the emotion I felt when I scored the goal, especially after one I scored that was disallowed earlier.

"But the important thing was we played like a real team and we knew sooner or later we'd score a goal."

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Pepe opened the scoring in the 61st minute




Group A
16 June 2008 09:44
    P GD PTS
1 Portugal 3 2 6
2 Turkey 3 0 6
3 Czech Republic 3 -2 3
4 Switzerland 3 0 3

see also
Portugal 2-0 Turkey
07 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Switzerland 0-1 Czech Republic
07 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Euro 2008 day one as it happened
07 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Portugal v Turkey photos
07 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Pick your Portugal XI
23 May 08 |  Portugal
Portugal team guide
15 May 08 |  Portugal
Turkey team guide
15 May 08 |  Turkey


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