Posted June 22, 2012 on AP on Fox
Portugal striker Helder Postiga will miss next Wednesday's European Championship semifinal against France or Spain after picking up a right thigh injury. Postiga was taken off the pitch on a stretcher in the first half of Portugal's 1-0 quarterfinal win over the Czech Republic on Thursday. The Portuguese Football Federation said on its website Friday that Postiga sustained an ''injury to the posterior region of the right thigh'' and will be out for the semifinals in Donetsk, Ukraine. The 29-year-old forward, who was Portugal's second-highest scorer in Euro 2012 qualifying with five goals, is along with Cristiano Ronaldo the only two surviving members of Portugal's Euro 2004 squad. He has scored 20 goals in 53 national team appearances, the most notable being an 83rd-minute equalizer against England in the 2004 tournament to send the quarterfinal match into extra time and then a penalty shootout that Portugal won on its way to the final. But he has failed to impress this year, p...
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