Cristiano Ronaldo goal sends Portugal in the Euro 2012 semi-finals

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third goal of Euro 2012 to give Portugal a merited 1-0 win over a sterile Czech Republic side who paid the price for parking the bus in their quarter-final at Warsaw's Stadion Narodowy.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal?
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal?

A Cristiano Ronaldo goal 11 minutes from time secured a 1-0 victory for Portugal over Czech Republic and a place in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

Portugal were rewarded for almost an hour of dominance when Joao Moutinho took a Nani pass in his stride and whipped in a cross from the right side of the box and Ronaldo arrived in front of Theodor Gebre Selassie to send his downward header into the roof of the net past Petr Cech.

The Czechs had the best of the opening half-hour without really troubling the Portuguese, who then created the best chance when Pepe lofted the ball into the centre of the box and Ronaldo sent an overhead kick just wide.

Nani went down unsuccessfully claiming a penalty just before the break before Ronaldo swivelled past Michal Kadlec and then shot against the base of the post with Cech beaten.

Seconds after the interval Hugo Almeida sent a free header from six yards wide after Raul Meireles delivered from the left side of the penalty area.

And Ronaldo hit the post again, this time with a dipping free-kick, while Nani and Moutinho both forced Cech into decent saves.

Joao Pereira was later denied as the partially unsighted Cech got across to push away his thunderbolt from 25 yards shortly after Ronaldo's goal, which was enough to set up a clash with Spain or France.