WARSAW, Poland (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo scored on a powerful header in the 79th minute, sending Portugal to the European Championship semifinals with a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Thursday.
Ronaldo hit the post twice, then finally delivered. He headed a cross by Joao Moutinho straight at the ground and up past the flailing hands of Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech.
This was Ronaldo’s third goal in two games and it rewarded the Portuguese for the relentless pressure they applied all match.
”We had a lot of chances,” said Ronaldo. ”We had a great unity on the pitch and that is why we have reached our goal.”