The Czech Republic set their stall out early in trying to thwart the threat of Ronaldo, and for a while this worked as Portugal only out-chanced their opponents 4-1 during the opening forty-five minutes. The second half was a different matter however as - and this may have coincided with the injury to Helder Postiga - Portugal's second half pressure translated itself into Cristiano Ronaldo's winning goal.
In terms of scoring chances the second half was dominated by Portugal who had 11 scoring chances without reply to make the game total 15-1 in favour of the Portuguese. The fact that it took so long too for Portugal to get their lead was mostly due to the wastefulness of Portugal as opposed to any rearguard action by the Czech's.
Ronaldo may well garner the headlines today, but in terms of disrupting the Czech backline it was Nani who was equally - if not moreso - important and he finished a +6 and his play was instrumental in Tomas Sivok's rating of -2. As important as Ronaldo and Nani were though, the duo of Joao Moutinho and Raul Meireles were instrumental in the creation of scoring chances and Zonal Marking highlights their play in his review of the game.
Overall then, a disappointing performance from the Czech Republic who, both individually and collectively, posted the worst numbers of any of the games I have looked at so far. Portugal on the other hand look a dangerous prospect and the quartet of Ronaldo, Nani, Moutinho and Meireles look capable of causing problems to whoever the nexf face; be it France or Spain.
Czech Republic v Portugal Scoring Chance Index: