Portugal Coach Paulo Bento Admits Cristiano Ronaldo Penalty Plan Backfired

Spain through to the Euro 2012 final, Portugal consigned to shoot-out defeat.

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Euro 2012: Paulo Bento says Portugal had penalty plan

Portugal coach Paulo Bento said his side had planned their penalty shoot-out strategy – and Cristiano Ronaldo was down to take the fifth spot-kick.

Reigning champions Spain beat the Portuguese 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw, meaning Ronaldo did not have a chance to step up.
“We had this plan,” the 43-year-old coach admitted after the semi-final.
“If it would have been 4-4 and he would have taken the last penalty, we would be talking in a different way.”


Indeed. Clearly Cristiano Ronaldo could have been in a position where his fifth spot-kick could have been invaluable but it’s a big risk to keep your most consistent spot-kick taker to last as in this case the Real Madrid man didn’t even get a chance to take his penalty as Portugal had already blown it.

Spain clinched the shoot-out 4-2 after both Joao Moutinho’s spot-kick had been saved and Bruno Alves had hit the bar, leaving Cesc Fabregas to win the game for Vicente del Bosque’s side with his penalty kick, that went in off the post.

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