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Fri Apr 18 17:42:27 SAST 2014

Ronaldo dismisses Spain's fatigue claims

Sapa-AFP | 26 June, 2012 13:090 Comments
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during a training session for the Euro 2012 at Opalenica stadium in Opalenica June 23, 2012
Image by: Bartosz Jankowski / REUTERS

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed talk that their Spanish rivals have reason to complain because they have two days less to recover before their Euro 2012 semi-final clash on Wednesday.

“Three days rest is more than sufficient. The Spanish have commented that having two fewer days rest is a disadvantage, but as a professional I don’t think it’s important,” the Real Madrid striker was quoted as saying on UEFA’s website.

Portugal advanced to the semi-finals last Thursday by beating the Czech Republic 1-0, while defending champions’ Spain beat France 2-0 on Saturday.

“You have to prepare for the match in the same way that we prepared for the others. We don’t have to do anything different. It will be a hard clash in which Portugal has to do very well to beat Spain.

“We are ready and we will do our best,” said Ronaldo, who has scored three goals so far in the tournament.

Ronaldo leads the scoring chart alongside Germany’s Mario Gomez, Russia’s Alan Dzagoev and Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, but the latter two are already back home with their sides eliminated in the group stage.

“I knew the goals would come. It didn’t start very well, but with the sacrifices of my teammates everything improved,” said Ronaldo.

And he insisted he remains calm before the Iberian clash in Dontesk.

“These games are part of my life. I have ten years playing them in clubs and for the national side so I have to be used to them. Responsibility yes, pressure no,” he said.

“It’s nice that Portugal have a chance to reach another final after eight years (Euro 2004 final loss to Greece when Portugal hosted the championship). It will be difficult but we are only one step away.

“We have done a great job, not only in the finals of the Euros, but also in the qualifying round. And now we are reaping the fruit.”

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