Cristiano Ronaldo powers Portugal into Euro 2012 semi-final

By IndepthAfrica
In Soccer
Jun 21st, 2012
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Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo performs a bicycle kick past Czech Republic’s David Limbersky during the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Czech Republic and Portugal in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, June 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful header 11 minutes from time sent Portugal into the Euro 2012 semi-finals with a deserved 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Thursday.

The world’s most expensive played hit the woodwork twice on an initially frustrating evening but crowned Portugal’s dominant second-half performance with his third goal of the tournament, nodding a right-wing Joao Moutinho cross into the net.

It was an impressive display from the Portuguese who were appearing in their fifth European Championship quarter-final in a row and will play Spain or France in the last four.
The Czechs made a lively start inspired by the clever prompting of Petr Jiracek and Portugal took time to settle.

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