The first semi-final of Euro 2012 is being billed as the best team in the world versus the best player in the tournament.
But can Cristiano Ronaldo really beat Vicente del Bosque’s gifted Spain team all on his own? Del Bosque did little to play down the threat.
‘We need to deactivate Ronaldo,’ said the coach. ‘This is going to be one of the most important matches of our lives. It can take us to the final. It’s logical that there is so much talk about Ronaldo and he is not only a great player but he plays in Spain. He is obviously going to be a factor.’
The main man: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal train at the Donbass Arena ahead of the first semi-final of Euro 2012
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The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|