Berne, June 12: Portugal's 3:1 win puts them on six points and guarantees that they will top of the group, even if they fail to win their final match. Neither team looked particularly assured at the back, but Portugal's slick passing and pace meant they were more dangerous going forward.Cristiano Ronaldo, already a front-runner for Fifa's world player of the year award after a strong season at Manchester United, enhanced his claim by scoring one goal and setting up the other two.
Deco opened the scoring in the eighth minute, turning in a rebound from a Ronaldo shot. The winger himself got himself on the scoresheet in the 63rd minute. In between those two goals, the Czechs scored through Libor Sionko. Ricardo Quaresma scored the last goal, and the easiest of the bunch, on 90 minutes, after breaking away together with Ronaldo and being set up by his teammate. With Czech players seemingly giving up on the chase, the duo sprinted towards Petr Cech's goalposts and Quaresma coolly slotted the ball home after being set up by Ronaldo.
In the later match, Switzerland had to bid goodbye to their chances as they lost to Turkey, 2:1. The co-hosts took the lead through the goal scored by Hakan Yakin in the 32nd minute of the game and dominated stretches of the match despite the heavy rain that made the pitch nearly unplayable at times.
The driving rain even raised the prospect of the match being abandoned as field conditions deteriorated before the break, but in the end the match was played out in full.
Seeking revenge for the qualifying play-off defeat that kept them out of the 2006 World Cup, the Turks started playing more high balls to avoid the slippery pitch and one such cross brought the equaliser, Semih ŞentÜrk heading the ball in in the 57th minute.
The remaining time was filled by frantic attacking from both sides, desperate to grab a winner that would keep their qualifying chances alive. In the end, the Turks proved to be more fortunate, Arda Turan's shot in the added time deflecting off a Swiss defender to bring Turkey the win.
The final round of matches in group A will be played on June 15, with the Czechs and Turks meeting to decide who will take the second spot in the group, while the Swiss will attempt to salvage some pride by beating Portugal.