Euro 2012: Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal gives Portugal 1-0 win over Czech Republic
Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a powerful header late in the match Thursday to send Portugal into the European Championship semifinals with a 1-0 win.
By RAF CASERTThe Associated Press
Thu., June 21, 2012
WARSAW, POLAND—Cristiano Ronaldo and his finely coiffed head of hair knocked in the only goal Thursday, sending Portugal into the European Championship semifinals with a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic.
After Ronaldo twice hit the post, he darted in from behind his marker in the 79th minute with all the instincts of a striker and headed a cross from Joao Moutinho straight at the ground and up past the flailing hands of Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech.
It rewarded his country for the relentless pressure throughout the match and Ronaldo with a third goal in two matches.
Portugal, which will play either Spain or France in the semifinals in Donetsk, Ukraine, next Wednesday, is one game away from reaching its second European Championship final in eight years.