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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
Tough to take: Ronaldo reflects on a penalty defeat to Spain

UEFA confirmed to Sportsmail that there is no set order given to the match referee before a shoot-out starts, meaning that Ronaldo could have taken the fourth kick had he wished.

He added ‘Penalties are a lottery and Spain were lucky. I congratulate them. During the game everyone was evenly matched and we must be proud of what we have done.

‘We go out with our head held high.

‘Those who took pens did well. You can take the second, the third or the fifth. It doesn’t matter.’

Spain now head to Kiev for Sunday’s final with the prospect of an unprecedented third successive tournament win in sight.

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    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

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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