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Bento talks up team effort rather than Ronaldo's solo display as Portugal reach last eight
Posted Monday, June 18, 2012 by Dailymail

Portugal coach Paulo Bento refused to focus on Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning performance as Holland were swept aside 2-1.

A Euro 2012 quarter-final against the Czech Republic awaits in Warsaw on Thursday after Ronaldo scored in each half to send the Dutch home.

The 27-year-old Real Madrid winger was irrepressible as he tormented Holland's defence throughout, ensuring Portugal finished the 'group of death' as runners-up.

Bento talks up team effort rather than Ronaldo's solo display as Portugal reach last eight
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Ronaldo was criticised for his displays in the opening two games at Euro 2012, but despite having overwhelmed the Dutch, Bento was reluctant to shower him with praise.

'The individual effort of players is not important,' Bento said.

'The issue of the effort players show for their clubs and country we have already talked about so much. We have discussed that enough.

'I'm proud of what we've done as a team and satisfied that we achieved our aim brilliantly.

'We have a certain kind of style, identity and ideas. The players put that into practice.

'Today we can talk about brilliance, it was the best game we have played here. We have been loyal to our spirit and that's what we're proud of.'

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    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
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    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia