DONETSK, Ukraine: Portugal coach Paulo Bento has urged his players to be patient in their Euro 2012 semi-final with Spain on Wednesday, but says his side will not allow themselves to be dominated.
Defending champions Spain have largely had their own way at the tournament so far, averaging 67.5 percent of possession in their games to date, and they encountered little resistance in the 2-0 quarter-final win over France. Under Bento, Portugal have developed an effective counter-attacking style, but the 43-year-old coach says his players will not be content to sit and defend when they tackle Spain in Donetsk.
Portugal unhappy with semi-final referee
LISBONX: Portuguese newspapers on Tuesday said that the country’s football federation is unhappy with the choice of Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir for the semi-final tie against Spain.
“Portugal outraged: the appointment of Turkey’s Cakir rings alarm bells,” said sporting daily A Bola on its front page.