Ronaldo fires Portugal into Euro2012 semis

Portugal are 5/1 third-favourites to win Euro 2012 after becoming the first team to book their place in the semi-finals after a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Cristiano Ronaldo, advised at 19/5 to score first, netted the winner 11 minutes from time to send Paulo Bento’s men into the last four and hit the bookies hard.

William Hill reported they had paid out in excess of £1.5million on the match, with a £700,000 payout on their industry top price of 2/1 on Ronaldo scoring and Portugal winning.

Spokesman Joe Crilly said: “After England/Ukraine, this is our second worst result of the Euros and we’ll certainly be cheering on Greece tonight.”

The Greeks, who are 66/1 rank outsiders, face 9/4 tournament favourites Germany in the second of the four quarter-finals, with defending champions Spain rated 11/4 outright as they prepare for Saturday’s showdown with France (13/1).

England and Italy are both available at 9/1 in the betting ahead of their last-eight showdown in Kiev on Sunday night.

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