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Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo: We are going to Denmark to win

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo: We are going to Denmark to win

The Real Madrid forward is feeling confident about the positive mentality that he and his teammates are bringing to their final Group H game in Copenhagen

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo insists that his side will aim for a victory against Denmark in its final Euro 2012 group qualifier on Tuesday evening.

The Euro 2004 finalists need just a draw in Copenhagen to progress directly to next summer’s finals in Poland and Ukraine, as they currently lead Group H on goal difference.

Both Portugal and Denmark have collected 16 points from seven rounds of matches, and Tuesday’s clash at the Parken Stadion will effectively decide who between them will qualify automatically as group winners. And even though a draw will be enough to seal top spot for Portugal, Ronaldo wants his teammates to give their all for a victory on Danish soil.

"Portugal are going to Denmark to win the game, that's our thinking," the Real Madrid forward told Spanish sports daily AS.

"We know there are conditions but we want to win the game for direct qualification. That is always the mentality of the team and I am sure we will make it a good match."

Ronaldo, though, concedes that they needed to tighten up at the back following their 5-3 defeat of Iceland on Friday.

Third-placed Norway is three points behind both Portugal and Denmark, and needs to register a big win against Cyprus at home to remain in contention for a playoff spot.

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