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Portugal’s uncompromising style of play did not win them much admiration among neutral fans or the media but it was undoubtedly effective. Much credit should go to manager Fernando Santos who engineered a victory by utilizing the full strength of his squad. Football Factory rated each player on their performance over the entire tournament.

Goalkeepers

Rui Patricio He was not always busy but proved to be solid when called upon. He made a crucial stop in the penalty shootout against Poland. And he made several quality stops against France in the final. Named Best Goalkeeper at the tournament. Patricio is currently enjoying the best period of his career. 9

Eduardo Did not play.

Anthony Lopes Did not play.

 

Defenders

Raphael Guerreiro He was probably Portugal’s most consistent outfield player. The French-born Guerreiro provided the cross for Cristiano Ronaldo’s header against Wales. He was deservedly named to the team of the tournament. 8

Eliseu He filled in for Guerreiro against Hungary and Poland. The Benfica left-back looked much improved in his defensive duties, although he did not offer much in attack. 6

Pepe The Real Madrid man began the tournament with a poor display against Iceland and Hungary in the group stage. However, he was near flawless in the knockout stages.  A thigh injury kept him out of the semi-finals. But he returned in time to face France and put in a Man-of-the-Match performance for his country. Named to the Team of the Tournament. 8

Ricardo Carvalho The 38-year-old has been a solid contributor since returning to the international scene following Fernando Santos’ appointment. He looked slightly out of step especially in the 3-3 draw against Hungary. He was dropped in favour of Jose Fonte for the knockout stages. 6

Jose Fonte One of the great stories in this squad. The former Sporting CP academy graduate only made his international debut less than two years ago at the age of 30. He replaced Ricardo Carvalho against Croatia and was solid the rest of the way. 7

Bruno Alves He filled in admirably for the injured Pepe in the semi-final against Wales. 6

Cedric Soares Took over for Vieirinha against Croatia. His crucial mistake in the early stages against Poland led to the Robert Lewandowski goal. However, the Southampton right-back did not hang his head. Instead, he would be one of Portugal’s best performers the rest of the way. 7

Vieirinha The biggest disillusionment of this tournament for Portugal. He failed to provide sufficient cover on the Iceland goal in the first match. He was ineffective in attack and at times, a liability on defense. Santos rightly dropped him in favour of Cedric. 5

 

Midfielders

William Carvalho The holding midfielder replaced Danilo against Austria and put in an outstanding performance helping to drive the attack while supporting the Portuguese backline. Although he made less of an impact from then on, he still provided the stability the team needed. 7

Danilo Pereira The FC Porto midfielder suffered a back injury in the match against Iceland and lost his position in the starting XI to William.  Although, he would make a valuable contribution as a substitute. He filled in for the Sporting midfielder as a starter in the semi-final against Wales and even came close to scoring on one occasion. 6

Renato Sanches Named Best Young Player in the tournament. His long run in extra time against Croatia led to Quaresma’s goal. He scored the tying goal against Poland. Although, he was less of a factor against Wales and in the final. Still, he only added to his burgeoning reputation. It will be almost impossible to top the year he has had. 7

Andre Gomes He earned a starting spot against Iceland and put in an excellent display, creating the goal scored by Nani. But, his injury against Croatia would greatly limit him. He made a positive substitute appearance against Wales but did not appear in the final. 6

Adrien Silva The Sporting captain made his debut in the tournament against Croatia. He earned Fernando Santos’ confidence with some impressive performances on the way to the final. Unselfish, hardworking and tough, he embodies Portugal’s championship-winning side more than anyone. 7

João Moutinho A starter at the beginning of the tournament, the Monaco midfielder was not at his best in the group stage. He was forced to withdraw at half-time against Hungary due to an injury. However, he came in as a late substitute against Poland and provided a dangerous through-ball to Ronaldo, who could not capitalize. He made a major impact as a substitute in the final, helping to create the winning goal. 7

João Mário Much was expected of the Sporting midfielder at the beginning of the tournament. He was noticeably quiet against Iceland and was dropped in favour of Quaresma in the second match. Back as a starter against Hungary he provided an assist on Cristiano Ronaldo’s back-heel goal. His decision-making left much to be desired at times in the knockout stages but he was much better in the final. 7

 

Forwards

Cristiano Ronaldo The Portuguese captain was not always at his best in this tournament. He was a frustrated figure against Iceland and Austria but silenced his critics with a brace against Hungary. He was decisive again in the semi-final against Wales. His tournament seemed destined to end once again in tears when he was forced to withdraw in the final because of a knee injury. But, his teammates rallied around his absence and handed him that elusive championship at international level.  8

Nani The 29-year-old rebuilt his damaged reputation. He finished tied with the team-lead in goals with three and added an assist on Sanches’ goal against Poland. He did all that while playing out of position. His move to Spanish club Valencia was finalized during the tournament.  8

Ricardo Quaresma At 32, the journeyman winger looks to have finally come into his own on the international scene. He was generally ineffective in his only start of the tournament against Austria. However, he proved to be a valuable option off the bench, scoring a late goal against Croatia and then putting away the winning penalty in the shoot-out against Poland. 7

Rafa Silva He was originally expected to play a more prominent role. However, the Braga winger was limited to a short cameo in the late stages of the draw against Austria. He looked dangerous but was not able to break the deadlock. He is one for the future.  Incomplete

Éder Just weeks ago at pre-tournament friendlies the striker was whistled at by Portuguese fans every time he touched the ball. He made short substitute appearances against Iceland and Austria before the final. In a tournament of ample drama and great storylines for Portugal, it seems almost fitting that ‘the ugly duckling’ would score the most famous goal in the country’s history. 7

 

Manager

Fernando Santos He will never earn style points from the mainstream media but the 61-year-old found a way to win. By preaching unity and sacrifice above all, Santos got the most out of his players. He seemed to know how to make changes at the right time. Bringing on Sanches early in the second-half against Croatia and Éder in the final, seemed insane at the time but paid off enormously. 10

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Jan SOLO

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Jan SOLO

Seleção captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals in a ten minute span as Real Madrid beat its city rivals Getafe 4-0 in La Liga action on Sunday.

The first goal came in the 62nd minute at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu through a pass by German international Mesut Ozil which the Portuguese slid neatly past Getafe goalkeeper Moyá on a fast break.

Three minutes later, former Benfica player Angel Di Maria delivered a beautiful cross into the box, which Ronaldo headed straight into the Getafe goal with great velocity.

Ronaldo completed his hat trick in the 72nd minute by scoring a penalty to put Real Madrid up 4-0 on their way to victory. Sergio Ramos opened the scoring for Los Blancos in 53rd minute.

Ronaldo who is believed to be suffering from an ankle problem was subbed soon after for Karim Benzema. Defenders Ricardo Carvalho and Fábio Coentrão played the full 90 minutes for Real Madrid in the victory.

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Jan SOLO

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Jan SOLO

Seleção captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored three, as Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid beat Celta de Vigo 4-0 to advance to the next round of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. They will face Valencia in the next round on January 15th and 22nd.

This was Ronaldo’s first hat-trick of the year in only his second game. The effort included a brilliant long-range goal in the 2nd minute of play. Sami Khedira scored the fourth goal as Real Madrid overcame a 1-2 deficit from the first leg to advance.

Former Portugal international Ricardo Carvalho also started the match in place of injured countrymen Pepe. Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas returned to the starting line-up for the Spanish champions.

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Jan SOLO

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Jan SOLO

Cristiano Ronaldo was on target on Sunday scoring Real Madrid’s third and fourth goal, two minutes apart in another disjointed performance by Jose Mourinho’s club. Former Portugal international Ricardo Carvalho also played the full 90 minutes in Real’s 4-3 victory over Real Sociedad. Karim benzema and Sami khedira also scored for Los Blancos.

The game was not short of drama, as is always the case with Real Madrid these days. Spanish Goalkeeper Iker Casillas again started the game on the bench, but was forced into action after his replacement Adan received a straight red card for bringing down Carlos Vela in the box. Real were shorthanded until Real Sociodad defender Dani Estrada received a second yellow in the 79th minute of play.

Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho has received some fierce criticism from Real Madrid fans after benching Casillas late last month. He was whistled at by fans before this game at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu but Mourinho said that these gestures do not faze him.

“Whistles? for me that is perfect,” said Mourinho after the game. “It is normal for people to whistle at me, because that is how I like to live my life. I do not always want to be the hero. If they whistle because Casillas is on the bench, I think it is good, and if they whistle because of the poor state of the team, I accept that.”

Archrivals Barcelona beat Espanyol 4-0 on Sunday at the Camp Nou. Real Madrid still linger in third place, 16 points behind the Catalan club.