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June 17, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist — Kharkiv
Referee:‬ N. Rizzoli‎
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Euro 2012 Player Ratings: Portugal 2-1 Netherlands

Ronaldo double fires Portugal into quarter-finals and dumps sorry Dutch out of the tournament

By Greg Stobart in Kharkiv

  • Rui Patricio
    126
    34
    2.50

    Rui Patricio

    The Portugal goalkeeper would have expected a busier evening. Had no chance with Van der Vaart's goal and his handling was solid to keep out speculative shots from distance. Did not look at all comfortable under crosses.

  • Bruno Alves
    157
    27
    3.00

    Bruno Alves

    Strong performance from the central defender as he denied Huntelaar any space to get a clear sight on goal. Also a big threat when he attacked set-pieces.

  • Pepe
    229
    45
    3.50

    Pepe

    Powerful and commanding for most of the game as the Netherlands attack created very few opportunities despite having the greater share of possession.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    201
    35
    2.50

    Fabio Coentrao

    Comfortable display from the Real Madrid man as he made good decisions and took up good defensive positions.

  • João Pereira
    168
    16
    3.50

    João Pereira

    Played a wonderful pass to split the Netherlands defence for Ronaldo's 28th minute goal. Coped well with Sneijder and Willems on the overlap.

  • Miguel Veloso
    144
    16
    3.00

    Miguel Veloso

    Sat deep in the Portugal midfield and did a good job to restrict the likes of Van Persie and Sneijder as they looked to find space in between the lines. Also a threat in attack and was denied by Stekelenberg in the second-half with his shot destined for the corner.

  • Joao Moutinho
    179
    22
    3.50

    Joao Moutinho

    Settled into the game and dictated in midfield after the Dutch had dominated the early stages. Intelligent movement into space and sharp, effective passing.

  • Raúl Meireles
    140
    34
    2.50

    Raúl Meireles

    Worked hard to pressure the Netherlands midfielders off the ball and kept his passing simple when in possession to set up counterattacks.

  • Nani
    360
    42
    3.50

    Nani

    The Manchester United man grew in influence as the game went on and more space opened up for Portugal to counterattack. Lovely pass to Ronaldo for his side's second goal, moments after he should have scored himself but shot straight at Stekelenberg from close range.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    1618
    173
    5.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo Top of the Match

    So he doesn't make enough of an impact in major tournaments? Stepped up when his team needed him most to score two goals to fire Portugal into the quarter-finals. Both were expertly taken and rewarded a brilliant attacking display as he constantly worried the Dutch defence. Also hit the post twice in the best individual performance of the tournament so far.

  • Hélder Postiga
    98
    62
    2.50

    Hélder Postiga

    Commendable workrate from the striker as he continually looked to make runs in behind the fragile Netherlands defence. Lack of quality on the ball, however, was shown by dreadful finish when through on goal in the first-half.

Substitutions

  • Rolando
    67
    22

    Rolando

    Came on for Nani three minutes from time.

  • Custodio
    75
    20
    2.50

    Custodio

    Replaced the tired Meireles in the 72nd minute to add fresh legs to the side.

  • Nélson Oliveira
    67
    37
    2.50

    Nélson Oliveira

    Played mainly on the left side after replacing Postiga in the 64th minute. Useful as Portugal counterattacked.

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
    149
    28
    3.50

    Maarten Stekelenburg

    The Roma goalkeeper was unconvincing at times but made some excellent saves, particularly to deny Nani from close range in the second half. Could do nothing about Ronaldo's goals.

  • Gregory van der Wiel
    40
    102
    2.00

    Gregory van der Wiel

    Played with more attacking intent than in previous matches as he made himself available and delivered a couple of dangerous crosses into the box. Shaky defensively, however, as he struggled against Ronaldo and almost gifted Postiga a goal with a woeful backpass.

  • Joris Mathijsen
    28
    88
    2.00

    Joris Mathijsen

    Strong and uncompromising when he was able to attack the ball but looked clumsy when Portugal launched swift attacks.

  • Ron Vlaar
    27
    103
    1.50

    Ron Vlaar

    Handed a start ahead of Heitinga and produced a similar to display to Mathijsen. Did fairly well defending the ball in the air but often looked slow and cumbersome. Had a great chance in the second-half but headed over the bar.

  • Jetro Willems
    48
    105
    2.50

    Jetro Willems

    Energetic display from the full-back. Rash to dive into tackles on Nani but attacked well and showed good stamina.

  • Nigel De Jong
    66
    59
    2.50

    Nigel De Jong

    The Manchester City midfielder sat in midfield and did some good defensive work, despite lacking support from Van der Vaart. Passing lacked ambition but was efficient.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    111
    61
    2.50

    Wesley Sneijder

    Position on the flank flank limited the Inter playmaker's involvement in the first-half before he moved to a central role after the break. Took some potshots at goal and looked to play decisive passes in the final third.

  • Arjen Robben
    43
    158
    1.50

    Arjen Robben

    The Bayern Munich winger started brightly but was largely frustrated as he was crowded out by the Portugal defence.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    218
    36
    3.00

    Rafael van der Vaart

    The Netherlands captain put his side ahead in the 11th minute with a superb curling shot from the edge of the penalty area. Quality on the ball - highlighted again with late shot that hit the post - but overrun defensively.

  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
    54
    163
    1.50

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

    Did nothing to justify all the calls for him to start with a poor display. Did not have a shot on goal until the 86th minute and was virtually a passenger throughout the game.

  • Robin van Persie
    116
    268
    1.00

    Robin van Persie Flop of the Match

    Late shot wide of the post summed up a poor tournament for last season's player of the year in England. Lacked sharpness and confidence in front of goal.

Substitutions

  • Ibrahim Afellay
    68
    71
    2.50

    Ibrahim Afellay

    Busy but ineffective display after replacing Willems in the 67th minute.

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