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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Euro 2012: Czech Republic vs. Portugal in quarterfinals

The Czech Republic and Portugal meet on Thursday in the first of the Euro 2012 quarterfinals (2:45, ESPN). With two wins and a loss, the Czechs won Group A with six points. Portugal had the same group-play record, good for second place in Group B.

Czech Republic Coach Vladimir Smicer said that captain Tomas Rosicky will not start because of an Achilles’ tendon injury suffered in a 2-1 win over Greece on June 12.

Also: Every zoo in Europe now has a Euro 2012 animal oracle, even the low-rent zoos that feature a goat, a manticore and “out of the mists of history, the legendary esquilax, a horse with the head of a rabbitand . . . the body of a rabbit.”

Anyhoo, here’s a photo gallery of Euro 2012 animal oracles.

Euro 2012 scoreboard.

Euro 2012 schedule.

Euro 2012 teams.

Euro 2012 standings.

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