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Euro 2012: Czech Republic vs. Portugal in quarterfinals

View Photo Gallery: Cristiano Ronaldo, right, and Portugal will look to advance to the Euro 2012 semifinals with a win over the Czech Republic.

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.

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After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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