Nani backs Cristiano Ronaldo to lead Portugal to Euro 2016 success

Rodrigues said the least the network deserves is a formal apology by the Portuguese Football Federation and Ronaldo who, as captain, has an institutional role.

Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Portugal from Euro elimination with two second-half goals in the Stade de Lyon.

They failed to win a single game in a group containing the likes of Iceland, Austria and Hungary. I am 100% sure he will go on and score more goals now. "Three times we were going home and we had to chase down the scoreboard".

Cristiano Ronaldo obliged with a strong performance as the Real Madrid man set two Euros records, first for appearances and then as the only player to score in four different editions of the continental competition.

"This is what Cristiano is all about", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. "He feeds on goals".

Northern Ireland now knows it will play group victor Wales in a British derby match in Paris on Saturday - a draw that includes two-time defending champion Spain, World Cup holder Germany, host France, Italy and England.

Hungary won the group with five points and will play Belgium, which beat Sweden 1-0, on Sunday.

Iceland set up a last-16 clash with England on Monday as substitute Ingvi Traustason's last-gasp victor earned the Euro debutants a famous 2-1 win over Austria.

The 31-year-old refused to take questions from journalists in the post-match press conference, and instead read a statement following an interview with UEFA.

"But obviously we know about their threats, there are a lot of them all over the team. He is a unsafe player, and you can't always control him", Hungary coach Bernd Storck said. While Portugal ground out a draw against Hungary, Iceland and Austria were embroiled in a tight tussle to also advance from Group F.

Ronaldo wiped away a week of frustrations in France.

Ronaldo responded by grabbing the microphone and throwing it into the lake, Sky Sports reported on Wednesday.

But Ronaldo, desperate to open his Euro account, dragged his team level both times.

But Dzsudzsak put Hungary ahead 3-2 in the 50th minute with his second of the match via a deflection off Nani.

"I think Cristiano has always been there, always playing well for us throughout the tournament".

A late winning goal. "Sometimes I'm better than others; sometimes I play well, others not so".

But the beef didn't stop there, with Iceland's Elmar Bjarnason coming out with this absolute zinger firmly aimed at Ronaldo. "We are English football insane".


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