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.
– O Jogo
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.
Cesc Fabregas' winning penalty means a third major tournament final in a row for Spain.
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.
Vamossssss España! Ya estamos en la final!!!! Increíble!!! Enhorabuena a la Selección! Sois los mejores! Os lo merecéis! Un abrazo a todos!From @Guaje7Villa on Twitter:
Del Bosque on penalty takers: “I looked for people who were confident. Cesc said he wanted to take one which could be decisive.”"From @dermotmcorrigan on Twitter: