Portugal/Netherlands - Ronaldo happy to reach knockout stages

Portugal's two-goal hero Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his satisfaction at reaching the last eight of the competition after the 2004 runners-up edged past the Netherlands 2-1 to grab second place in Group B.

After a lacklustre performance in Portugal's opening two matches, the Real Madrid star quietened some of his critics by helping Paulo Bento's side recover from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the Dutch in Kharkiv and set up a quarter-final with the Czech Republic.

"We have succeeded in our great aim, which was to qualify for the quarter-finals," said Ronaldo.

"Now we have to play against the Czech Republic, which is going to be hard, but we'll do our best."

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the Euro 2012 football championships match Portugal vs. Netherlands on June 17, 2012 at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv. AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG