In watching the coverage of the first quarterfinal today of Euro 2012, the British commentator said of Portugese star Cristiano Ronaldo, “if at first you cannot succeed, try, try again.”
Ronaldo hit a first half post, hit a second post on a second half free kick, then shot the ball over the net before finally scoring on a header in the 79th minute in a 1-0 Portugal win over the Czech Republic in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals in Warsaw. In all, Ronaldo, probably the most breathtaking player in the tournament, had eight shots on net.
For Ronaldo, it was his third goal in the last two games, as he scored twice in a 2-1 win over the Netherlands on Sunday.
Portugal completely dominated the game–outshooting the Czech Republic 20-2. The Czech Republic simply didn’t get one really good scoring chance. I know Group A was the weakest pool in the tournament, but Portugal’s dominance just showed how strong Group B was.
The Portugese however were also the more physical bunch. Nani and Miguel Veloso recorded yellow cards within a minute of each other in the first half. Portugal will now play the winner of Spain and France.