Bento hails Portuguese team unity
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Portugal coach Paulo Bento refused to focus on Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning performance as the Netherlands were swept aside 2-1.

A UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final against Czech Republic awaits in Warsaw on Thursday after Ronaldo scored in each half to send the Dutch home.

The 27-year-old Real Madrid winger was irrepressible as he tormented Holland's defence throughout, ensuring Portugal finished the 'group of death' as runners-up.

Ronaldo was criticised for his displays in the opening two games at Euro 2012, but despite having overwhelmed the Dutch, Bento was reluctant to shower him with praise.

I'm proud of what we've done as a team and satisfied that we achieved our aim brilliantly.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento

"The individual effort of players is not important," Bento said. "The issue of the effort players show for their clubs and country we have already talked about so much. We have discussed that enough.

"I'm proud of what we've done as a team and satisfied that we achieved our aim brilliantly. We have a certain kind of style, identity and ideas. The players put that into practice.

"Today we can talk about brilliance, it was the best game we have played here. We have been loyal to our spirit and that's what we're proud of."

Portugal trailed to a fine 11th-minute strike from Rafael van de Vaart, but thereafter they dominated an attacking Dutch side that was over-run in midfield.

"We don't claim to be favourites against the Czech Republic and it won't be easy against them," said Bento.

"They've shown they have the ability to turn a game and now we must continue our work and the quality we have shown so far. Maybe then we can even reach the semi-finals."