After a thrilling end to Portugal’s match against Poland Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the team is finally moving closer to his dream of Portugal winning a major international title.
Ronaldo was one of Portugal’s players that scored in the penalty shootout after which he said, “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.”
However, many believe that Ronaldo was outshone by Nani’s superb performance. Nani seems to have flourished at this tournament and is proving to be the driving force behind the team’s success. He has been involved in 50% of his team’s goals, contributing two and one assist. He is also on track to break one of his own scoring record as he sits just one assist behind Luis Figo’s record of five at a European Championship for Portugal.
Sanches, who was given his first start for Portugal, was also highly impressive and easily demonstrated why Bayern Munich has just paid €35 million for him. Not only did he score his first goal for his country, and it was an extremely impressive goal, but he also became the youngest ever player to score in a knockout game of a European Championship at just 18 years and 316 days old.
However, the team will be without William Carvalho in the semi-final after he collected his second booking of the tournament. He picked up his first in Portugal’s extra-time victory over Croatia for a foul on Marcelo Brozovic and had his name taken by the referee when he impeded Grzegorz Krychowiak in second-half injury-time. He has been highly praised throughout the tournament and his absence is sure to be felt in the upcoming match.