Dirty Tackle

Cristiano Ronaldo takes four times as many shots as Czechs, puts Portugal in semifinals

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

The Czech Republic managed just two shots (neither on target) in their 1-0 Euro 2012 quarterfinal loss to Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, had eight all by himself, including the header that scored the match's only goal.

After a frustrating first half in which Ronaldo played brilliantly but just couldn't hit anything but the post, his persistence finally paid off when Joao Moutinho delivered an excellent cross to set up his equally excellent header in the 79th minute. Ronaldo directed his celebration to his son, once again doing his monster hands gesture before running to the nearest TV camera, saying what appeared to be "para ti" (for you) and blowing a kiss.

That gives Ronaldo three goals in his last two Euro 12 matches and it seems he's turned a corner with Portugal, living up to the nearly impossible expectations heaped on him. But while Ronaldo is scoring all the goals, he's hardly Portugal's only performer. The likes of Moutinho, Nani and Fabio Coentrao are also contributing in significant yet easily overlooked ways.

Now Portugal await the winner of Spain vs. France as it seems Ronaldo has only just begun.

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Previously: Cristiano Ronald0 -- the name to remember from day 10 of Euro 2012

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