Ron­aldo seals fi­nal berth

Fiji Sun - - 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championship -

Paris: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo made Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship his­tory as Por­tu­gal ended Wales’s ex­tra­or­di­nary Euro 2016 jour­ney with a 2-0 semi-fi­nal win that sent them into the fi­nal. In what was billed as a shootout be­tween Ron­aldo and his Real Madrid team­mate Gareth Bale, it was the Por­tu­gal cap­tain who pre­vailed, open­ing the scor­ing in Lyon with a ma­jes­tic 50th-minute header that saw him tie France great Michel Pla­tini’s record of nine goals at the Euro fi­nals.

He also teed up Nani for Por­tu­gal’s sec­ond goal three min­utes be­fore con­sol­ing his club col­league Bale on the pitch at the end. “The team did a mar­vel­lous job to reach the fi­nal. I hope on Sun­day you’ll see me cry­ing with joy,” Ron­aldo said.

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