Portugal 2 – 1 Netherlands

Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo This was the game when Cristiano Ronaldo made his mark on Euro 2012. The powerful forward terrified Gregory van der Wiel at right back for the Netherlands. Could easily have had a hat-trick and also set up a gift of a chance for Nani. Dominant in the air, while also terrorising the defence with his pace, it was the awe-inspiring display that he had been looking for all tournament.

Portugal verdict: Portugal will be delighted with their performance, coming back from a slow start to control the majority of the game. They played with pace and power, with great width provided by attacking full backs on both flanks. Ever dangerous on the counter, the Iberians punished Netherlands with their directness in attack, with Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo particularly threatening throughout. They will be a threat later on in the tournament if they can continue this form.

Netherlands verdict: Netherlands’ thoroughly disappointing Euro 2012 showing continued with another insipid performance as they slipped to a third straight defeat. The much vaunted attacking unit was given additional reinforcements for this game and still only managed a solitary goal, with just two from their three Euro 2012 games. Full backs Van der Wiel and Willems were exposed by the Portuguese attacks, while Nigel de Jong was left to battle for control of midfield often by himself. It was a thoroughly disjointed and at times inept showing from a very talented group of individuals.

Could do better: Robin van Persie The Arsenal striker was nigh on invisible for Netherlands all night, struggling to influence the game in any way at all. While Ronaldo at the other end was omnipresent, Van Persie was often found isolated on one of the flanks or in the area. Then, late in the game when presented with a golden opportunity, the Oranje striker pulled his shot wide of goal with only the ‘keeper to beat. It was another moment of regret for Van Persie in a disappointing tournament overall.

Stat attack: Cristiano Ronaldo’s 12 shots were the most a player has ever had in a single match at a European Championship.

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