OK, so maybe Portugal didn’t exactly obliterate the Danes, but they certainly controlled the game from start to finish. The Portuguese team that deafeated Denmark four days ago played completely differently than the one that fell to Norway. The performance put in by this Portuguese team is reminiscient of the 2004 era. Nani simply stole the show. He scored two and set up another. His performance was marvelous, so Ryan Giggs saying that Nani is the new Ronaldo may be quite accurate. So, the game went like this: Ronaldo smartly crossed on the ground for Nani, who calmly finished past the Danish goalkeeper. Denmark then kicked off right after the celebration, but failed to even keep simple possession. Nani pounced on an error from a Danish player, drifted in from the right, and sent an unstoppable shot with his left foot past the keeper. Ricardo Carvalho then scored an unfortunate own goal, which was all Denmark can take away from the game. Ronaldo capped off a promising performance after he was set up smartly by Nani on the counter-attack.
What can we take away from this match?
1. Paulo Bento knows how to play different players to their fullest: i.e. Ronaldo, Moutinho
2. Ronaldo is back. The Real Madrid man was full of confidence, which has been holding him back as of late. This is no doubt due to the coaching switch.
3. Nani may very well the new Ronaldo for Portugal, and with Ronaldo back, there is the possibility that we could have two. I know, I’m excited too.
Eduardo, Joao Pereira, Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Raul Meireles, Joao Moutinho, Carlos Martins (Tiago), Nani (Varela), Cristiano Ronaldo, Hugo Almeida (Postiga)