Portugal, who the U.S. faces in its second group game, has skill but lacks anything resembling likeability. Ronaldo, the reigning World Player of the Year, can laser a free kick one moment, then have a dive-off with countryman Nani the next. Pepe is extraordinarily effective – no less so given the fact that he rarely seems interested in the ball. Think of Portugal as a team of teenage girls. If they’re winning, they’re going to be a lot of fun to be around. If they’re losing, it’s going to be miserable for all considered. On second thought, that may be unfair to a lot of 16 year olds.
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