Czech Republic and Portugal 0-0 at halftime
The Czech Republic stifled the creative flair of Cristiano Ronaldo with tight marking to keep the score 0-0 at halftime against Portugal on Thursday in the European Championship quarterfinals.
Ronaldo wandered from left to right and back again looking for space, but beyond hitting the post in injury time, he exemplified Portuguese frustration.
Despite the absence of injured captain Tomas Rosicky and the inclusion of several inexperienced internationals, the Czech Republic often controlled the flow of play and sometimes even threatened the goal of Rui Patricio.
To add to Portuguese worries, striker Helder Postiga had to be stretchered off with an apparent right hamstring injury in the 40th minute.