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Pepe joy in Geneva

Published: Sunday 8 June 2008, 3.00CET
Pepe could "hardly describe the emotion" after scoring his first Portugal goal.
by Simon Hart
from Stade de Genève
Pepe joy in Geneva

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Published: Sunday 8 June 2008, 3.00CET

Pepe joy in Geneva

Pepe could "hardly describe the emotion" after scoring his first Portugal goal.
Portugal defender Pepe was unable to put his feelings into words after scoring his first international goal to put Luiz Felipe Scolari's team on the way to a 2-0 victory in their opening UEFA EURO 2008™ Group A match against Turkey.

"I can hardly describe the emotion I felt," said Pepe, whose spectacular 61st-minute strike helped earn him the Carlsberg Man of the Match Award. However, the Real Madrid CF player – who had earlier had a first-half header ruled out for offside – was quick to praise a "great display" from the entire Portugal side as they made a winning start in Geneva.

"The team performance was great – we played as a real team and this is the most important thing. We knew sooner or later we were going to get a goal," the 25-year-old said. "Today it was the team effort that won us the game. Without my team-mates I couldn't have done anything and we deserve to be congratulated for a great display."

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