Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is confident his side can go all the way at Euro 2012 following their 1-0 quarter-final victory over the Czech Republic.
Ronaldo again proved the match-winner for his country, scoring the only goal of the game late on to secure a semi-final clash with either Spain or France as Portugal’s live scores and performances improve with each passing game.
“Our great aim is to get to the final. We have a great squad and now I’d say the chances are 50-50 and we just have to believe. We are very mature, so we are ready for the fight,” said the Real Madrid star.
Ronaldo was disappointing in the opening two games of the tournament but came to life in the crucial final Group B match against the Netherlands and carried that form into the game in Warsaw.
The former Manchester United winger hit the post in each half before finally breaking the deadlock with a powerful header in the 80th minute. Portugal held on comfortably to dump the Czechs out of the competition with punters gambling online tipping them as possible finalists.
“I think it was a fantastic game for Portugal. In the first 20 minutes we weren’t that good but we improved a lot. It was a perfect game for us, with a lot of opportunities. The Czechs didn’t have one opportunity,” added Ronaldo.
“We always had the quality to reach the semi-finals. We are happy but know the next match will be difficult but the team is very mature and we are ready.”
The Portuguese will now face either defending champions Spain or France, who eliminated them at the semi-final stage of Euro 2000.
Spain have not been at their fluent best so far in Poland and Ukraine but have developed a habit of peaking at the right time and are favourites to defeat the French in Donetsk on Saturday.