KHARKIV, Ukraine (AFP) – A double from captain Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Portugal to a 2-1 victory over Holland here on Sunday in their Euro 2012 Group B match, sending the 2010 World Cup finalists out of the tournament.
Ronaldo’s goals – one in each half – saw the 2004 finalists progress to the last eight as they came from behind after Rafael van der Vaart had given the Dutch hope in the 11th minute with a stunning effort.
Ronaldo also laid to rest the criticism he had come under after failing to score in their opening two matches.
“This is for you my son,” the 27-year-old Real Madrid star mouthed to the TV camera after his first goal.
It is the first time since the 1980 edition that the Dutch have gone out at the first hurdle – ironically also two years after they reached the World Cup final.