Euro 2012: Ronaldo brace sees Portugal through, Dutch outJune 18th, 2012 - 4:03 am ICT by IANS
Kharkiv (Ukraine), June 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 2-1 comeback victory over Netherlands and a place in the quarterfinals of Euro 2012, as the Dutch exited with three defeats from three games.
Portugal’s win puts them second in Group B, the so-called Group of Death, on six points behind Germany, who won all of their matches.
Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring for the Netherlands with a long-range curling shot on 11 minutes.
On 24 minutes Cristiano Ronaldo equalized after defender Joao Pereira’s long pass sent the Real Madrid star one-on-one with Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
Ronaldo put his team ahead 16 minutes from time on a magnificent counterattack, picking up Nani’s pass in the box and dummying Dutch defender Gregory van der Wiel before scoring with a placed shot.
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