Armando Franca/AP/Press Association Images Paulo Bento talks to player Ricardo Quaresma before it all kicked off.
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Happy camp?: Portugal play down training ground spat
Ricardo Quaresma was reported to have kicked out at Miguel Lopes prompting team mates to step in.

PORTUGAL WINGER RICARDO Quaresma and defender Miguel Lopes have reportedly had a training ground bust-up today, days ahead of their semi-final appearance at Euro 2012.

During one drill, Quaresma was pushed to the ground by Lopes whereupon the winger kicked out at the defender’s legs. Team-mates quickly stepped in to prevent the situation getting worse.

Defender Ricardo Costa stood in front of Quaresma to calm him down while coach Paulo Bento also got involved.

“It’s just normal things that happen in training,” Costa said at a news conference later. “Things got a bit heated between two players. We’re pumped up, we always want to win and sometimes small things happen.

“Everything’s sorted now. We all want to play (in the semi-final) and sometimes stuff happens.”

Portugal beat the Czech Republic 1-0 in the first Euro 2012 quarter final on Thursday. They will play the winner of Saturday’s Spain-France match next Wednesday.

- © AFP, 2012

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