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Rampant Ronaldo fires Portugal through

Published: Sunday 17 June 2012, 22.40CET
Portugal 2-1 Netherlands
Portugal fell behind before their captain turned it on when they needed him most to secure a quarter-final place and leave the Dutch without a point.
by Tom Kell
from Metalist Stadium

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Match statistics

PortugalNetherlands

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)42
 
58
Total attempts22
 
13
Attempts on target9
 
5
Attempts off target13
 
8
Attempts blocked1
 
1
Attempts against woodwork2
 
1
Corners7
 
5
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
12
Fouls suffered11
 
17

Standings

Last updated: 12/02/2013 17:13 CET

Legend:

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Published: Sunday 17 June 2012, 22.40CET

Rampant Ronaldo fires Portugal through

Portugal 2-1 Netherlands
Portugal fell behind before their captain turned it on when they needed him most to secure a quarter-final place and leave the Dutch without a point.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal beat the Netherlands 2-1 to secure second spot in Group B and a quarter-final against the Czech Republic.

Paulo Bento's side were perhaps considered third among equals in this so-called 'group of death', but it is the Dutch who finish buried at the bottom of the pile without a point to their name. Suitably dressed in black, it was ultimately a funereal occasion for Bert van Marwijk's side, who had hope of an unlikely resurrection when Rafael van der Vaart put them in front. Cristiano Ronaldo then came to the fore, however, scoring a goal in either half and hitting the post twice in a majestic performance.

However, even Paulo Bento's pre-match warning that "Dutch teams like to have the ball, to play and to control the game" could scarcely have prepared his players for the Oranje's early slickness. Van der Vaart, so consummate in possession, played no small part, but it was his splendid 11th-minute finish which was the most striking difference from what had gone before.

When the Tottenham Hotspur FC midfielder curled in from the edge of the penalty area, it looked as though he might have a chance of celebrating his 100th cap in the quarter-finals. Van Marwijk had everything he could have wanted; an attack which had finally clicked, dominion of the ball and an early goal. Then, though, came the Ronaldo show.

Stationed on the left, the Real Madrid CF forward's first notable involvement was a surging run and shot against the post; his second a ferocious header straight at Maarten Stekelenburg. It was third time lucky when he raced on to João Pereira's cute through ball, steadied himself and finished with aplomb.

Hélder Postiga could have drawn Portugal level even before that when inadvertently put clean through by Gregory van der Wiel, but suddenly it seemed unlikely to matter. Bento's side were rampant, with Ronaldo and Nani both going close before half-time.

The Dutch had chances of their own through the unlikely Ron Vlaar and Nigel de Jong soon after the interval, but there was always a certain air of inevitability about Portugal's threat; Ronaldo was a simply unstoppable force. Twice he showed searing pace down his flank, composure and awareness to pick out first Fábio Coentrão, and then Nani, but Stekelenburg was a man inspired.

Ronaldo, though, was a man possessed and on 74 minutes took it upon himself to go it alone. He was the catalyst for yet another thrilling counterattack, but this time surrendered possession in his own half and made a beeline for the Dutch penalty area. In the blink of an eye he had the ball back thanks to Nani's precise pass and duly made no mistake, checking back on to his right foot before slotting in.

Though Van der Vaart struck the woodwork and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Robin van Persie both went close late on, the final nail had already been firmly inserted in the Dutch coffin. Ronaldo attempted to add another for good measure in the final minute but was denied by the frame of Stekelenburg's goal once more.

Last updated: 26/10/12 14.13CET

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Quotes

  • Paulo Bento

    Read more"I am proud of what we did as a team and satisfied that we have succeeded in reaching our aim"

  • Bert van Marwijk

    Read more"Had we won that first game when we had so many chances we might have had a different team"

Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Netherlands

Netherlands

12
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
2
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
3
PepePepe
4
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
4
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
8
N. De JongNigel de Jong
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
Goal28
Goal74
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
11
RobbenArjen Robben
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution72
13
VlaarRon Vlaar
17
NaniNani
Substitution87
15
WillemsJetro Willems
Yellow Card51
Substitution67
21
João PereiraJoão Pereira
Yellow Card90+2
16
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Yellow Card69
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution64
23
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart (C)
Goal11

Substitutes

1
EduardoEduardo (GK)
12
VormMichel Vorm (GK)
22
BetoBeto (GK)
22
KrulTim Krul (GK)
6
CustódioCustódio
Substitution72
3
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
5
BoumaWilfred Bouma
10
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
6
Van BommelMark van Bommel
11
Nélson OliveiraNélson Oliveira
Substitution64
7
KuytDirk Kuyt
13
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
14
SchaarsStijn Schaars
14
RolandoRolando
Substitution87
17
StrootmanKevin Strootman
15
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
18
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
18
VarelaSilvestre Varela
19
NarsinghLuciano Narsingh
19
Miguel LopesMiguel Lopes
20
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Substitution67
20
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
21
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz

Coach

Paulo Bento (POR) Bert van Marwijk (NED)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)

Fourth official

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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