Cristiano Ronaldo happy as his team qualify for Euro 2016
Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo was pleased as his side maintained a strategic distance from a possibly unsafe Euro 2016 play-off after they booked a programmed ticket to France with a 1-0 home win over Denmark on Thursday. Portugal started the qualifiers with a stun home defeat to Albania, one of a string of poor results which saw then Coach Paulo Bento sacked and supplanted by previous Greece supervisor Fernando Santos. New manager Santos immediately settled the circumstance and the team have won every one of the six of their qualifiers under his direction – which means they won the group with one amusement still to play in Serbia on Sunday.
An amazing second-half solo goal from Joao Moutinho was sufficient to give Fernando Santos’ men three points in Braga, their 6th straight win in Group I subsequent to losing their opening round of the battle to Albania. Ronaldo recognized it was an alleviation to dodge a play-off tie after his individual heroics helped Portugal through a strained two-legged experience amid their last qualifying effort in front of World Cup 2014. In the middle of the festivals Ronaldo told, in quotes grabbed that he was content with how things had turned out.
“It was extraordinary,” the Real Madrid star told. “It was a troublesome qualifying effort, where we start gravely yet we finished extremely well. The landing of Fernando Santos was an or more, he recuperated a few players and, say thanks to God, and we needn’t bother with a play-off. There were six successive triumphs. We are a team that needs to win and go out on a limb looking the adversary eye to eye. Denmark did not win in light of the fact that they came here with a defensive soul. We could play better yet the goal was to experience and the team is to be complimented.”
Cristiano Ronaldo played in six of Portugal’s seven qualifiers to date, scoring five goals in the crusade and the main amusement he missed was the opening thrashing to Albania.