Cristiano Ronaldo leads “Spectacular” Portugal to Euro 2012 quarterfinals
Cristiano Ronaldo inspired a comeback 2-1 victory for Portugal after Rafael van der Vaart drew first blood for Netherlands. Cristiano Ronaldo selflessly shared the spotlight with his teammates after the game saying it was a “spectacular” performance from the Portugal national team.
Portugal was placed in Group B or the “Group of Death” alongside Germany, Denmark and Netherlands. Portugal will now play against the Czech Republic which will open the quarterfinal stage of Euro 2012.
“The team was spectacular,” Cristiano Ronaldo said. “They should be congratulated. We deserve this passage to the quarter-finals, because we always believed it was possible.
“We only think game to game. Our goal was to get past the first stage,” Cristiano Ronaldo added. “We were able to and now everything is possible. We will have an extremely difficult game against the Czech Republic and both sides will have a 50% chance.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sentiments were reiterated by Portugal’s full back Joao Pereira. Joao Pereira praised the unity and prudency Portugal showed during the game against Netherlands although Portugal had to climb its way back up from a goal down.
“We stayed calm and we got through. This was our goal in a very difficult group, when many people doubted us,” Joao Pereira said. “We showed we are a very united team, despite what has come out in the press. We all ran for each other and it showed on the field, where we managed to come back. We were losing, we showed our unity and we turned around the result.”
All of Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammates hailed the Real Madrid star for posting impressive form against Netherlands. Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammate Miguel Veloso also praised the unity Portugal showed throughout the Group Stages especially in the last match.
“It was a great victory. Once more we showed great organization and unity of the group,” Miguel Veloso said. “We had to defend and only a great team could come through and turn around the result after the Netherlands had scored. We should be congratulated on this brilliant victory. Once more, all united, we played really well.”
Portugal national team’s coach Paulo Bento was also impressed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s form. Paulo Bento also sang praise for the rest of the Portugal team.
“The individual effort of players is not important,” Paulo Bento said. “The issue of the effort players show for their clubs and country we have already talked about so much. We have discussed that enough. I'm proud of what we've done as a team and satisfied that we achieved our aim brilliantly.
“We have a certain kind of style, identity and ideas. The players put that into practice. Today we can talk about brilliance, it was the best game we have played here. We have been loyal to our spirit and that's what we're proud of.”