UERO 2016 – Scores and Schedule
Cristiano Ronaldo Leads Portugal to Euro 2016 Success
After a slow start to the tournament, Ronaldo found his scoring touch with two goals in a 3-3 draw with Hungary to secure a place in the last 16 against Croatia.
The Real Madrid star has been embroiled in controversy off the field after being filmed throwing a reporter’s microphone into a lake and accusing Iceland of having a “small mentality” following their 1-1 draw earlier in Portugal’s opening game.
But Nani believes his brace against Hungary has boosted Ronaldo’s confidence and expects his compatriot to find the net again when Portugal take on Croatia in Lens on Saturday night.
“Everyone knows Cristiano and what he can do at any time, in any minute in a game. I am 100 per cent sure he will go on and score more goals now,” Nani told reporters in France.
“No one can say anything against him. He is a fantastic player. He showed it again against Hungary when everyone was talking about him – he has shut them all up now.
“I think Cristiano (Ronaldo) has always been there, always playing well for us throughout the tournament.”
Portugal failed to win any of their three games en route to a third-place finish in Group F behind Hungary and Iceland but Nani insists the belief in the squad is still high.
“Any team we play, we must believe we can win so it doesn’t matter who we will face now,” he added.
“It will be difficult against Croatia. They have one day more than us to rest but we are professional, so we will get a quick rest and prepare for the game.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to score in four UEFA European Championship final tournaments and is just one goal behind Michel Platini’s record total of nine.
Both Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimović struck in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 final tournaments, and now the Portugal forward has gone one better. Coincidentally, in the Hungary match, Ronado also set a new record of 17 finals appearances in this competition.
In all Ronaldo has eight finals goals, one behind the total Platini managed solely in 1984. He will have the chance to claim that record too in the knockout phase.
Ronaldo’s appearance record
Top scorers at EURO final tournaments
9: Michel Platini (France)
8: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
7: Alan Shearer (England)
6: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)
6: Thierry Henry (France)
6: Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands)
6: Nuno Gomes (Portugal)
6: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)
Players who have scored at three or more UEFA European Championship final tournaments
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
2004 v Greece, Netherlands
2008 v Czech Republic
2012 v Netherlands (2), Czech Republic
2016 v Hungary (2)
Nuno Gomes (Portugal)
2000 v England, Turkey (2), France
2004 v Spain
2008 v Germany
Thierry Henry (France)
2000 v Denmark, Czech Republic, Portugal
2004 v Switzerland (2)
2008 v Netherlands
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)
2004 v Bulgaria, Italy
2008 v Greece, Spain
2012 v Ukraine, France
Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany)
1988 v Denmark
1992 v Netherlands
1996 v Russia (2), Croatia
Hélder Postiga (Portugal)
2004 v England
2008 v Germany
2012 v Denmark
Vladimír Šmicer (Czech Republic)
1996 v Russia
2000 v Denmark (2)
2004 v Netherlands
Watch Live Streaming Croatia vs Portugal
Croatia vs Portugal
June 25, 2016
Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens (France)
21:00 (UTC/GMT +2, local time)