LISBON: Portugal were the last of the 23 qualifying nations to fly to France for the Euro 2016 finals – taking to the with the confidence generated by a simple 4-0 win over Estonia last night.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma each scored twice after which the Real Madrid insisted that he and his team-mates felt in good form and that, sooner or later, they were bound to win a major tournament.
Ronaldo, returning to action after resting following Madrid’s Champions League triumph, was a member of the Portugal side who lost as hosts to Greece in Euro 2004 and the bitterness of the memory lingers.
He told UEFA,com: “That was a difficult moment, losing this match in Portugal when we knew we had a unique opportunity to become European champions.
“But that’s a part of football. Football has taught me a lot of things: nothing is certain. What is true today can be a lie tomorrow, a team can be very good one day and awful the next. So it’s all part of that.