July 1, 2006

England and Portugal 0-0 at halftime

GELSENKIRCHEN (Reuters) - England and Portugal were
deadlocked at halftime with the score 0-0 in a
tightly-contested World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

There were half-chances for both sides on 10 minutes after
England's Wayne Rooney and his Manchester United team mate
Cristiano Ronaldo put shots on target at each end from outside
the area.

In a free-flowing start, England keeper Paul Robinson had
to smother in a goalmouth melee, while Portugal's defense
nearly was unlocked by a neat three-man move and Frank Lampard
almost got on the end of a Steven Gerrard through-ball.

England were better than earlier in the finals but looked
particularly vulnerable whenever Ronaldo ran at their defense
and will lose defender John Terry for any semi-final after his
latest yellow card.

Portugal captain Luis Figo curled a shot just wide in the
closing stages of the half. Portugal's Armando Petit also
picked up a yellow card and would also miss the semi-final.