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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
Cool head: Ramos beats Patricio from the spot

Defender Sergio Ramos reflected on the chipped ‘Pirlo’ penalty that made up for the memory of a horror miss in Madrid’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Bayern.

He said: ‘I didn’t decide to take it like that until I was on the run-up.

‘You think about the situation and what could happen but I had confidence to take on that responsibility.

‘I was able to remove that thorn from my side that I got when I missed a penalty in the semi-final of the Champions League.

‘You’re aware of the comments people make but what really matters is that Spain are in the final and are going to continue making history.

‘My penalty will just be anecdotal in the end.’

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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