Cristiano Ronaldo unable to strike as Spain defeats Portugal 4-2 on penalties
The Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo failed to walk up for his spot kick as Spain wrapped up the proceedings with a 4-2 victory in the shootout. Penalty kick misses from Joao Moutinho and Bruno Alves put Portugal in a deficit before Cesc Fabregas struck the ball in the back of the net to seal the victory for Spain.
In an interview to SIC after the game, Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed that he was going to take the last penalty kick himself. The 27-year-old former Manchester United forward was disappointed over losing with neighbors Portugal but he was happy over the performance of his team.
The Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo believes that Portugal deserved to go through. Cristiano Ronaldo also suggested that winning a penalty shootout was like a win a lottery.
“The penalties? I was going to take the next one,” Cristiano Ronaldo said. “I feel sad. Losing a semi-final in the penalty shoot-out is always painful, but it is a lottery: the luckier side wins. I think it was a good tournament on our part. We did very well. We are amongst the best four teams in Europe and the only reason we do not reach the final is because we were not lucky.”
“We have to be proud of what we did, but we are a bit frustrated because we know we could reach the final,” Cristiano Ronaldo continued. “I gave my best, so I am satisfied with that I did. We deserved to be in the final, but we were not lucky.”
Portugal coach Paulo Bento told reporters that he had no regrets about handing Cristiano Ronaldo the last penalty kick. In his news conference after the game, Paulo Bento insisted that he was at peace over the decision.
“We had decided this plan and if it would have been 4-4 and Ronaldo would have had the last penalty, we would talk differently,” Paulo Bento said about Cristiano Ronaldo. “This is about strategy, no more than that. We decided this would be the best order to succeed, but we had no luck.
“We trained and decided who would take the penalties, but there is no point talking about it any more. Spain got to the final. We could have decided the game in the 90 minutes. If I could choose a way of losing, I wouldn’t choose this one, but you have lose some way.”