CECH BLOWN AWAY BY RONALDO
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that he is extremely blown away by the talent within the 27-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Czech Republic took on Portugal in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2012 looking to book a place in the semifinals of the competition just as they did back in the 2004 edition. However, they were unable to get past Portugal after they lost the match 1-0. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third goal of the tournament with a bullet header about 10 min from the end of normal time. Prior to that, Ronaldo had numerous chances to open the scoring for Portugal, but was extremely unlucky after he struck the post twice.
Even if the attempt was on target, the Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was immense in front of goal. However, he was finally beaten with a bullet header with only few minutes remaining on the clock. This helped Portugal reached the semifinals of the competition where they are likely to face Spain or France. Following the match, Petr Cech praised Ronaldo by saying that he is definitely one of the best players in the world. The 27-year-old attacker has scored more than 50 goals for both club and country this season.
“This is a not a good feeling for us tonight. We lost, they were better and deserved to win. Ronaldo is one of the two best players in the world, and he proved it with that header. He is truly hard to stop,” said Petr Cech after the match. This is certainly not the first time Petr Cech has come up against Cristiano Ronaldo. The two players have met each other on numerous occasions in the past when Cristiano Ronaldo played for Premier league club Manchester United. Petr Cech is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.