Portugal - Press hail 'brilliant' Ronaldo

Portugal's press hailed Cristiano Ronaldo on Monday for his two goals against the Netherlands that took the national side through to the quarter-finals.

"Great Portugal, brilliant Ronaldo," the leading sports daily A Bola said. "With Cristiano Ronaldo playing like that, no-one will stop Portugal," the newspaper said, desribing the Real Madrid star's performance as "sumptuous wizardry".

"A supernova and a team of giants," wrote A Bola's competitor Record in its analysis of the Portuguese players' performances, following the 2-1 victory.

"Take that!" said a front-page headline over a photo of "CR7" celebrating a goal and responding to his critics who had questioned his under-par performances in the first two Group C games.

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2012 football championships match Portugal vs. Netherlands, on June 17, 2012 at the Metalist stadium in Kharkiv. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY

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