Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 6/27/12
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The Euros continued their turn for the worse Wednesday night, as Spain and Portugal played out a dreadful match that resulted in the second straight scoreless draw of the tournament. Cesc Fabregas would net the winner in the penalty shootout , pinging his shot off the post to beat Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio. The damage, however, had already been done. Simply put, this match was another slog that adds more fuel to the argument that national teams and their tournaments can no longer keep pace with the club game. Both teams' flaws were on full display. Spain could not get its vaunted passing game going and were impotent on the attack. Portugal showed how deeply it relies on Cristiano Ronaldo - and how far off they are when he has a bad game, as he did Wednesday night. After the last game Portugal played, Arsene Wenger's verdict to me was succinct; it was poor, it was slow and by the numbers, the players were not covering enough ground. Wenger estimated that there were 15 fewe...
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