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4 July :: Portugal - Greece 0-1
The final of Euro 2004 began with Greece retrieving into defense, leaving Portugal to take the early initiative in front of an expectant and fanatical home crowd. The hosts, however were repeatedly denied by the organized Greek defense and 57 minutes into the game a cross from Angelis Basinas put Greece ahead. In the tense second half, an inspired Traianos Dellas shut out Portugal's attempts to equalize. After running down five minutes of injury time, Greece were officially allowed to raise the European title.

30 June :: Portugal - Holland 2-1
Portugal sent the host nation into raptures by beating Holland to reach the final of Euro 2004. Cristiano Ronaldo escaped slack Dutch marking to head Portugal into a first-half lead. Luis Figo, who played a tremendous match, hit the post before Nuno Maniche doubled Portugal's lead in the second half with a stunning strike. In the 63 minute, an own goal from Jorge Andrade handed the disappointing Dutch a lifeline but Portugal held out to reach their first final of a major championship. It was a nail-biting wait, but when the referee blew for full-time, the Portuguese were in a final at last - and the celebrations could begin.

24 June :: Portugal - England 2-2 (6-5)
In one of the most entertaining games of Euro 2004, Portugal defeated England on penalties after drawing 2-2.England started off in an offensive manner with Owen opening the score early in the 3rd minute.Both teams played direct football creating many scoring opportunities.Portugal continued to press forward but it wasn't until the 83rd minute that Simao's cross from the left met the unmarked Postiga who sent the equaliser flying into the net off his shoulder.In the second overtime period both teams exchanged a goal forming the final 2-2.At the penalty shootout, David Beckham missed his second penalty of the tournament punting the ball wide and high from the goal.Another miss by Vassell and a cool finish by Portuguese keeper Ricardo sealed the final 6-5 in favor of the hosts.

20 June :: Portugal - Spain 1-0
Portugal went through to the quarterfinals after beating Spain 1-0.This encounter was always set to be a heated affair as the local rivals went head to head, but the situation in Group A made it even more dramatic. Portugal would only qualify if they won this game - a result that would eliminate Spain.Spain stared out cautiously trying to maintain control of the game.Their defensive efforts were feeble and Ronaldo and Deco frequently threatened the Spanish goal. Half-time substitute Gomes turned superbly to strike from 20 yards and give Portugal their first win over Spain since 1981.

16 June :: Portugal vs Russia 2-0
Portugal looked impressive with their 2-0 win over Russia. Maniche scored an early goal and Costa finished off the Russians from a cross by Christiano Ronaldo. This game ensured Russia's reservations for a trip back home even before their last encounter against Greece.

12 June :: Greece - Portugal 2-1
The Euro 2004 hosts Portugal were upset 2-1 by Greece in the tournament's opening match. Just in the seventh minute of play, Georgios Karagounis opened the score from a quick turnover as Paulo Ferreira lost possession in midfield. Ronaldo is to blame for giving away a penalty in the 51st minute. Basinas converted doubling the Greek lead. Luis Figo's admirable efforts generated a goal as Ronaldo headed in from his cross. Unfortunately for Portugal, this happened three minutes in overtime... Both Portuguese and Greek fans were stunned by the result. The latter were enthusiastically chanting their German coach's name.

The Portuguese national team

Overview
Euro 2004 is the last chance for Portugal's golden generation to come up with a trophy. Japan & Korea 2002 was a disaster for them and Euro 2000 was a close miss. As hosts of the tournament, Portugal will have no excuse for failure.

Portugal Squad - Final Selection

PlayerClubBornPosition
1.Ricardo PereiraSporting20.10.1975GK
2.Paulo FerreiraPorto-DF
3.Rui JorgeSporting27.03.1973DF
4.Jorge AndradeDeportivo La Coruna09.04.1978DF
5.Fernando CoutoLazio02.08.1969DF
6.Francisco CostinhaPorto-MF
7.Luis Figo capReal Madrid04.11.1972AT
8.Armando PetitBenfica25.09.1976MF
9.Pauleta ResendesParis St Germain28.04.1973AT
10.Rui CostaAC Milan29.03.1972MF
11.Simao SabrosaBenfica-AT
12.Quim SilvaBraga20.10.1975GK
13.Miguel MonteiroBenfica-DF
14.Nuno ValentePorto-DF
15.Beto SeveroSporting03.05.1976DF
16.Ricardo CarvalhoPorto-DF
17.Cristiano RonaldoManchester United-AT
18.Maniche RibeiroPorto-MF
19.Tiago MendesBenfica-MF
20.Deco SouzaPorto-MF
21.Nuno GomesBenfica05.07.1976AT
22.Jose MoreiraBenfica-GK
23.Helder PostigaTottenham-AT

Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari

Portugal Fixtures
All kick-offs are in local Portuguese time (GMT 0)

Saturday, 12th June 17.00
Portugal vs Greece (Group A)
at Porto

Wednesday, 16th June 19.45
Portugal vs Russia (Group A)
at Lisbon

Sunday, 20th June 19.45
Portugal vs Spain (Group A)
at Lisbon