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29.02.2012 » Poland 0-0 Portugal. Still a lot to adjust before the EURO 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo playing as Portugal captain vs Poland, in 2012

In a friendly match played in Warsaw last night, Portugal and Poland draw 0-0, at the Polish National Stadium grand opening. Cristiano Ronaldo started on the line-up, but was unable to help his team reaching the winning goal. CR7 ended being replaced by Ricardo Quaresma, near the 75th minute of the game.

Portugal were held to a goalless draw against Poland last night, in a friendly game played in Warsaw. The game's main purpose was to help both teams preparing for this Summer's EURO 2012, but truth is, both sides struggled to show their best form. Portugal created several good chances to score the opener during the 1st half, but lacked the focus to hit the back of the net. After the break, Poland got better but also failed to score, forcing the outcome of this match to be a somehow disappointing 0-0 draw. Cristiano Ronaldo got subbed near the 75th minute, since there was probably an agreement made between Paulo Bento and José Mourinho, in order to give some rest to the Real Madrid star player.

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Poland vs Portugal
Poland 0-0 Portugal goals and highlights:

As usual in many other friendly matches, last night's game wasn't played at a very fast rhythm and therefore, the competitive aggressiveness levels were lower than normal. However, there might be some bad news for Real Madrid and José Mourinho, as Fábio Coentrão picked an injury near the 20th minute of the 1st half. The Portuguese left-back complained about some sort of muscle injury, but post-match reports are still inconclusive and therefore, the real extent and severity of the damage done will only be known in the upcoming days.

Cristiano Ronaldo running and figthing bravely in Real Madrid 2012

Portugal started the game with Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo and Hugo Almeida upfront, in what will most likely be the chosen attacking trio for the EURO 2012. During the first 45 minutes, Paulo Bento's men got close to goal for quite a few times, but they've always failed to beat Arsenal's goalkeeper, Szczesny. One of the most active Portuguese players has been Nani, who had at least 3 good goal scoring chances, but just like the rest of his teammates, he couldn't find a way to get past Szczesny.

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn't as active as he usually is, but he still found enough space to be close to celebrate the first goal scored in the new Polish National Stadium, from a counter-attack play that took place near the 39th minute. However, Szczesny opposed with a great save and the Portuguese captain had to settle with a corner kick.

Cristiano Ronaldo running and and chasing the ball in Poland 0-0 Portugal, in a friendly game in 2012

The second half was played at a slower pace and the fact that many players are involved in official games for their clubs, some of those scheduled for the next 2 or 3 days, probably help explaining it. Not only that, but also the 11 subs made during the remaining 45 minutes, didn't allow none of the sides to put their best performance on the pitch and the goalless draw scenario started gaining shape very quickly. Nonetheless, Poland still showed a better attitude when compared to the game they presented in the 1st half, but a solid performance from Sporting CP goalkeeper, Rui Patrício, never allow the Polish side to get the lead.

Rui Patrício great save and stop, in Polland 0-0 Portugal, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo got replaced by Besiktas player, Ricardo Quaresma, near the 75th minute, but there will be no reason to speculate about anything unusual, since given the circumstances of this being a friendly game and Real Madrid hosting Espanyol next Sunday, this was just a normal proceedure for sparing Ronaldo for a few minutes. José Mourinho will certainly appreciate this Paulo Bento's decision...

Cristiano Ronaldo reaction after being subbed in Poland vs Portugal, saluting Paulo Bento, in 2012

Portugal line-up vs Poland:

Goalkeeper: Rui Patrício
Defenders: Fábio Coentrão, Pepe, Bruno Alves, João Pereira
Midfielders: Miguel Veloso, João Moutinho, Raúl Meireles
Attackers: Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo and Hugo Almeida

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Poland
vs
Portugal
0
Goals
0
0
Assists
0
12
Shots
13
5
Shots on goal
6
5
Corner kicks
7
11
Fouls commited
16
0
Yellow cards
1
0
Red cards
0
36%
Ball possession
64%

Real Madrid next game will be for La Liga, against Espanyol in the 4th of March 2012. In the meanwhile you may watch Benfica vs Porto, Barcelona vs Sporting Gijon, Liverpool vs Arsenal and Manchester City vs Bolton, all matches that will be played this Saturday and available from our soccer live streams section. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be on the line-up when Real Madrid hosts Espanyol this Sunday.

Real Madrid vs Espanyol kick-off time (04-03-2012):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+7: 03:30
Spain
(Madrid) | GMT+1: 21:30
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+0: 20:30
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-2: 18:30
New York (United States) | GMT-5: 15:30
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-8: 12:30
Beijing (China) | GMT-8: 12:30

Sources: ronaldo7.net / record.pt

Cristiano Ronaldo warm-up exercises, before Poland vs Portugal, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo showing his thumbs up, in Poland vs Portugal in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo controlling a ball in the air, in Poland vs Portugal, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo reaction to the Polish crowd and fans when being subbed, in Poland vs Portugal, 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo dribbling a defender in a friendly match between Poland and Portugal, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo being pulled by his shirt/jersey, in Poland vs Portugal, in 2012

Nani dribbling two defenders in Poland 0-0 Portugal, in 2012

João Moutinho being taclked in Poland vs Portugal, in 2012

Raúl Meireles funny and unusual hair style, in Poland vs Portugal, in 2012

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