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I'm no bottler, says Ronaldo as Portugal touch down to heroes' welcome
Posted Friday, June 29, 2012 by Dailymail

I'm no bottler, says Ronaldo as Portugal touch down to heroes' welcome
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Ronaldo’s exit from this tournament was particularly sad, given the way that he had guided his team to the last four with some superb individual performances. Having held Spain to a 0-0 score line after 120 minutes, Portugal perhaps thought they had done the hard work prior to the shoot-out.

‘I think we were the best team and that Spain were a bit lucky,’ said Manchester United winger Nani.

Nevertheless what has not yet been explained by anybody in the Portugal camp is why Ronaldo wasn’t promoted up the order of penalty takers once it became clear that the shoot-out may not last the distance.

Nani, for example, had already jumped ahead of Bruno Alves as the big defender appeared set to take penalty No 3, pulling him back as he began to walk towards the spot.

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    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia