I agree he put in a rock solid performance. Everybody in the club where I watched the game was saying he confirmed his place as a starter. Though I really like Baia, I don't know about starting him. One game should not be enough to wipe out all of the inconsistency he's shown recently. And, we'll risk alienating Ricardo, who has been really solid for us throughout the qualification. It's a good spot to be in I suppose - better than not having your keepers in form.
I didn't notice him as shaky on the corners. He looked confident to me, stepping out at the right time and make plays look safe for us. Then again, at that hour of the morning on the weekend, I could easily have missed what you're talking about.
One thing's for sure, this game definately helped his chances. Now if he does really well in training and/or if Ricardo shows the slightest straying from his form, Oliveira will go with Baia. It's hard to ignore the guys track record and experience.
I like Baia, but Ricardo earned his spot and should get the start. Oliveira will have his hands full keeping Ricardo's morale high if he gives Baia the nod.
Well I still believe Baia can get the job done, but RedEagle is right. He isn't the same keeper he was back in 2000. If he was I'd be happy as hell, but this doesn't mean our goalies are weak. Quim, well can't really say much of him after that drug test that was positive. Ricardo is a great keeper, but inexperienced. But I believe Ricardo can get the job done aswell. In a couple of days we'll all find out.
It's great to see the almighty Vitor Baia is doing well. He put in a rock solid performance against China. Personally i would make him first choice keeper as he has more experience than Ricardo who is also a good keeper but lacks international experience. I hope Baia can repeat the form of Euro 2000 than Portugal would kick some arse and maybe even become World Champions anway we will find out within the next month who is champion.