Poland 0-0 Portugal
The Portuguese National Team was forced to rue missed chances as they tied Poland 0-0 in a friendly match on Wednesday. Though the team created chances, they failed to capitalize, and a poor second half resigned the team to a draw.
Paulo Bento fielded a strong Portuguese side, with Hugo Almeida being preferred to Helder Postiga in the striker position. The game started off well, with the midfield passing the ball around well, and generally dictating the flow of the game. The first presentable chance fell to Nani, who latched on to a smart header from Raul Meireles, and half volleyed towards the Polish goal. Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny punched the ball to safety, and Portugal’s first chance was spurned. Nani was at the end of the next chance, also. After latching onto a beautiful cross-field pass, Nani controlled the ball and easily slipped past two markers, juked-out another defender, and shot at the near post. Once again, the Polish goalkeeper was on hand to clear away the danger. Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani had further shots either saved or missed, as Portugal entered the half on a good note.
The second half, however, was a much different story. Poland seized possession and created numerous chances, and the flow of the match was decidedly one-way. The deadlock could have been broken any number of times, had it not been for the efforts of Rui Patricio in the Portuguese goal. His excellent saves played a huge part in keeping Poland at bay in the second half of play. The only event of not from the Portuguese team was the debut of Nelson Oliveira, who replaced Nani for the final ten minutes of play.
Patricio, Joao Pereira, Pepe (Rolando), Bruno Alves, Coentrao (Nelson), Veloso, Moutinho (Manuel Fernandes), Meireles, Nani (Nelson Oliveira), Ronaldo (Quaremsa), Almeida (Postiga)