"We don't expect anything more from him," Portugal's Raul Meireles said. midfielder Jermain Jones said Saturday that he and his teammates haven't focused on Ronaldo in the build up. They have a match plan that concerns the entire Portuguese team. fullback Fabian Johnson, who along with the Yanks' entire back four will have his hands full. goalie Tim Howard reminisced.
did net a hat trick in Sweden, he recalled.
Howard backstopped Manchester United when Ronaldo arrived at Old Trafford in 2003.
"I told (Ronaldo) I'd never put anything on his shoulders to solve our problems," Bento said. "The players have a collective responsibility."
Then Bento disclosed the injury: Bruno Alves. It's a big blow, considering Portugal Adidas Originals Sl 72 W V25023 is already minus one starting centre Adidas Y3 Qasa Racer White
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"There's a possibility of having another absence," Bento said.
Bento's boys will have to win without key starters. Centre back Pepe is facing a red card suspension and Fabio Coentrao and Hugo Almeida were both carted off with injuries during Portugal's big loss.
And following Lionel Messi'a early tournament display, pundits have been clear that it's time for Ronaldo to finally have a day the only thing missing from his storied resume.
Ronaldo's teammates, Bento insisted, are the reason Portugal is here.
Still, considering an "injured" Cristiano Ronaldo was reportedly done last week, Portuguese fans exhaled for the time being. Every indication Saturday was that Ronaldo is fit to play.
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"The moment he stepped in the door he had skills I'd never seen before," Howard continued. "He's the hardest working player I've ever been around. His work ethic is incredible. supporters who are expected to cram into Arena Amazonia. fans traveling to the tournament.
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