Although they did it the hard way, Portugal secured their passage to Brazil 2014 and thanks in no small part to the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo. It will be the country’s sixth appearance at FIFA’s flagship event.
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Antalyaspor missed out on the opportunity to go to the top after Hugo Almeida's hat-trick inspired Besiktas to a 5-3 win, while Kasimpasa are just two points behind the frontrunners courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Akhisar Belediye.
Portugal striker Hugo Almeida says that he is relishing the opportunity to lead the line for his country in Wednesday's UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final with holders Spain in Donetsk.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the match-winner again as the forward's late header gave Portugal a 1-0 victory over Czech Republic and booked their place in the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-finals.
Galatasaray threw away a two goal lead in the final five minutes of their derby with Besiktas and draw 2-2, a result that allowed Fenerbahce to move within a point of the league leaders after claiming a 3-1 win over Trabzonspor.