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Ronaldo on the double as Portugal progress

CRISTIANO Ronaldo scored two goals and set up another to help Portugal thrash 10-man Bosnia 6-2 and reach the Euro 2012 finals after a lively play-off second leg last night.

Fellow forward Helder Postiga also scored twice, Nani thumped home a 30-yard effort and Miguel Veloso got another for the home side in the last 20 minutes to wrap up the victory, after a 0-0 draw on a swampy pitch in the first leg in Zenica last Friday that left the tie wide open.

"I think people are now used to me scoring from free kicks and it's become one of my specialities," said Ronaldo.

The world's most expensive player was dangerous throughout and had many chances to crown his display with a hat-trick.

Slaven Bilic's Croatia side exacted revenge on Turkey with a 3-0 aggregate win over the country that knocked them out of the Euro 2008 quarter-finals on penalties after equalising with the last kick of extra time.

Last night's match in Zagreb ended goalless, but the damage had already been done in Friday's first leg, and the only unfinished business is whether media reports suggesting Turkey coach Guus Hiddink will step down come to fruition.

The Czech Republic's first-leg advantage also proved to be enough, as they reached their fifth successive European Championship finals by beating Montenegro 1-0 in Podgorica to complete a 3-0 aggregate victory.

Midfielder Petr Jiracek struck in the 81st minute to make sure of qualification after Montenegro had pushed the Czechs hard in the second half of the return leg.


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