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
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.