Three thoughts: Portugal's victory showcases great aerial play at Euro
AS Roma picked Kjaer up and also had great hopes for him. In training, he dazzled both the staff and teammates with his impressive play. In actual games, however, he wasn't convincing. The Serie A club has yet to renew his loan deal.
Against Portugal, both sides of Kjaer were on display: The player who excelled against the Dutch and also the one who struggled with Wolfsburg and Roma. Kjaer's decision to switch allowed Helder Postiga score Portugal's second goal. It was a very cheap goal to give away.
Cristiano Ronaldo became a key man in the second half, dropping into deep positions to play the kind of first time, vertical passes that none of the three central midfielders (Raul Meireles, Miguel Veloso, Joao Moutinho) could consistently provide to the lone striker (first Postiga, then Nelson Oliveira). Visibly freed from his internal pressure to do incredible things on the ball, Ronaldo simply did what the situation demanded. The Real Madrid forward laid the ball off for teammates and ran at Danish defenders. A second and almost crucial miss in front of Stephan Andersen's goal will provide plenty of ammunition for his critics -- as will his inability to score from free kicks -- but Ronaldo actually played a much better, linked-up game than he did against Germany in the opener.