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Portugal 'Dream' edging closer for Cristiano Ronaldo

SPORTS By AFP | July 1st 2016
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores during the penalty shootout

Cristiano Ronaldo moved closer to his "dream" of finally landing Portugal a major international title after squeezing past Poland 5-3 on penalties in Marseille.

Ronaldo endured a frustrating night in front of goal in his quest to match Michel Platini's record of nine Euros finals goals. Portugal drew 1-1 with Poland at the end of 120 minutes of play.

However, Ronaldo netted from the spot in the shootout to edge towards a crowning glory for what he described as an already "privileged" career having won three Champions Leagues and three World Player of the Year awards.

"The dream is getting closer and anything can happen now. I'm not missing anything (in honours) and even if my career finished today I would still feel privileged," said the Real Madrid star.

"But I've always said, and I don't hide it, that I would love to win a title with the national team. We're on the right road."

Next up for Ronaldo's Portugal is a semi-final meeting with either his Madrid teammate Gareth Bale and Wales or a richly-talented Belgium side.

Ronaldo criticised Iceland's "small mentality" for their defensive tactics in Portugal's opening 1-1 draw, and he compared Wales' run to the quarters to the Atlantic islanders incredible debut tournament after shocking England to reach the last eight.

"We'll see who we get now. They are two very good teams," he added.

"Wales, like Iceland, have caused a surprise since the start. As for Belgium, they've been showing their progress for several years already."

 

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