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Ronaldo: I gave my best

Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he is going home with his head held high after Portugal were knocked out of Euro 2012 by Spain on penalties. The Real Madrid star was not at his best and missed a great chance to win in the dying moments of normal time.

It's always painful losing on penalties but penalties are always a lottery and the one who has the best luck wins.

It was a good Euro. We played the four best teams. We're going out a bit frustrated because we could have gone to the final but we were unlucky.

I gave my best, as I always have done, and that's why I'm happy with my own contribution. We must be proud because we played well but we didn't have the luck we needed.

– O Jogo

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Spanish fans celebrate in Madrid

Spanish fans celebrate the victory over Portugal at the Fan Zone in Madrid, Spain.
Spanish fans celebrate the victory over Portugal at the Fan Zone in Madrid, Spain. Credit: PA

Cesc Fabregas' winning penalty means a third major tournament final in a row for Spain.

Ronaldo leaves Ukraine with a whimper

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo talks on his phone at the airport in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo talks on his phone at the airport in Donetsk, Ukraine. Credit: PA

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo looked set to be the key figure in Wednesday's semi-final against Spain, after his glittering performances earlier in the competition, however he couldn't produce the magic in the penalty loss where he wasn't even needed at the end.

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