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Denmark loses to Portugal even with a bad game from Ronaldo

Portugal managed to stay alive at the Euro 2012 after barely winning against Denmark 3-2 at the Lviv Arena this Wednesday.

Pepe became the Seleccao’s ice breaker for the match, giving the early lead. Helder Postiga cements their advantage with another goal from up close.

Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner led the Danes to level with the Portuguese with 2 headers.

Portugal was about to see another draw, as Cristiano Ronaldo tried to take the lead but ended up performing multiple misfires. Hope was not that far though, as Silvestre Varela stole the game for the Seleccao, grabbing the winner in the 87th minute to put Portugal on the lead with three points over the Danes, and take the quarterfinal spot.

The win was something that Coach Paulo Bento wanted, but the performance was far from his expectation. The Real Madrid star is quite disappointed (as well as his teammates and fans) with his performance, and he has Silvestre Varela to thank for the save. He is now quite angry with himself for missing some glorious opportunities in this game.

Ronaldo missed a few chances, including a notable one-on-one which could have comfortably sealed the points when they were leading quite comfortably at 2-1 with just over 10 minutes to go, only to see Nicklas Bendtner equalise moments later before the momentous saving goal by Silvestre Varela, secured before the game was over.

"Yes, maybe I demonstrated I was angry at myself [after missing chances]," Ronaldo stated on Sport TV.

"I could have done better with the chances I had, but the important thing is that we are still in the race. Now we have to win our next match.”

"When we were winning 2-0, we thought the game was practically in our hands. We had to score a third to kill off the game but we could not do it.”

"We had a lot of difficulties but in the end we had the luck that we did not have against Germany, and we were able to win."

Ronaldo needs to fire it up in the final group game against Netherlands, and then again in the knockouts, if he is to really aim for the Ballon d'Or. Portugal on the other hand, cannot afford any more messy performances from their rockstar if they want to go much further in this tournament.