Khalid Boulahrouz’s high challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo in the 7th minute may have ended Ronaldo’s World Cup dreams as the Manchester United winger went under treatment several times before finally coming off in tears in the 34th minute.
Ronaldo hasn’t had the best World Cup so far, despite scoring a penalty in the second group game. He is also one of United’s main scoring players at the World Cup, and with Nistelrooy benched and Saha not getting games he was also most likely to top the club goalscoring charts for Manchester United.
His thigh injury will be a worry for Portugal, and if they go through to the quarter finals there’s a worry that Ronaldo may not start against England on July 1. His replacement, Sabrosa Simao is also a good winger and was responsible for setting up Deco’s goal against Mexico with an excellent pass.
Portugal are 1 goal up at half-time, and Costinha has already been red carded for two yellow cards, the second one a deliberate and very stupid handball.
Holland have had their chances but have failed to convert them, with Robben and van Persie showing great skill in the penalty area but not being able to convert them into shots on target. Both sides have played physical football, with 6 yellow cards and a red card already being given.
Portugal lead Holland by one goal thanks to a well-taken Maniche shot but are down to 10 men. This should be a cracker.
[tags]Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, Portugal, 2006 World Cup[/tags]