Ronaldo sends Portugal into Euro 2012 semis

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third goal of the tournament to set up a semifinal clash against France or Spain.

Story highlights

  • Cristiano Ronaldo scores winner as Portugal knock Czech Republic out of Euro 2012
  • Ronaldo heads decisive goal after 79 minutes of quarterfinal in Warsaw
  • Portugal spurned numerous chances before eventually taking the lead
  • Paulo Bento's side will face either France or Spain in next week's semifinal
Cristiano Ronaldo's late header sealed a deserved win for Portugal in the Euro 2012 quarterfinal clash against Czech Republic.
The Real Madrid forward, who found form so emphatically with two goals in the previous match against Holland, proved the difference once again as he powered home a Joao Moutinho cross with 11 minutes remaining.
It was no less than Portugal's display merited after they dominated the second half against an unfancied Czech side that started the match brightly but faded drastically.
Portugal's win set up a semifinal meeting next Wednesday against either France or Spain.
"We played very well, created a lot of chances and I hit the post twice," Ronaldo told TV reporters after the victory.