Cristiano Ronaldo: What Real Madrid Star Must Do to Ensure Portugal's Success
Portugal's qualifying hopes rest on two consecutive victories.
Cristiano Ronaldo will have to play flawlessly and productively if the team has any hope of winning them both.
With a tough luck loss coming against Germany the last time out, Portugal will now need to defeat the Netherlands and Denmark to continue on in Group B qualifying.
Ronaldo classified the 1-0 game as "unfair" in comments reported by Goal.com:
"I think we were a bit unlucky, we had the chance to win the match. We had more chances to score than Germany and it is hard to leave the pitch with a defeat, but we have to stay positive and think about the next matches, which will be crucial for us."
In the end, it didn't come down to who had the most chances. Rather, it came down to one header from Mario Gomez in the 72nd minute.
"We got off to a good start," Ronaldo continued. "Especially in the second half, then Germany had one chance and they scored. We are a bit sad because we still were not able to score after two shots that hit the bar and two other good chances, so it is obvious that we have to be sad."
With its back against the proverbial wall, the Ronaldo-led Portuguese club isn't giving up just yet, however.
"Our ambition is still the same," Ronaldo said. "We have to win the next two matches and try to go all the way. If we play like this against Denmark and Netherlands, I think that we have all the conditions to defeat anyone."
The question of what Ronaldo can do differently to ensure a different result than the Germany matchup stands. If you ask Luis Figo, the answer is very simple—give Ronaldo the ball.
"I think the team need to give him the chances to have a good performance," said the former World Player of the Year per FOX News. "Cristiano's style is to finish, to score, so if the team don't produce those kind of opportunities then of course his performance is down."
Whether Portugal has enough pieces surrounding Ronaldo is the next question.
Some question if the squad does, and others like Diego Maradona have gone as far to say that Portugal "has arguably one of the weakest sides in this tournament."
“As good as he is with Real Madrid, he often seems frustrated on the national level, as if he was surrounded by players who do little to assist him, said Maradona. Ronaldo is the only actual threat."
True or not, Ronaldo will have to be a much bigger threat than he has been for Portugal to move on Wednesday against Denmark.
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