Ronaldo points to mental strength
Cristiano Ronaldo insists Portugal's mental strength can give them the edge when they come up against Spain in Donetsk on Wednesday.
The Real Madrid star has proved pivotal in his nation's recovery from an opening defeat to Germany, with two goals against Holland and the winner against the Czech Republic taking them to the Euro 2012 semi-finals.
Ronaldo is convinced coach Paulo Bento's men now have the toughness to go one better than their 2004 final loss to Greece, and is unfazed by the prospect of such daunting opponents standing in their way.
Ronaldo told UEFA.com: "We lost our first match and then won all the others. I think that shows the great mental capacity of this team, and it didn't surprise me because I knew the goals would come.
"[Paulo Bento] is doing a great job, not only now but also during qualification. I think he's done a phenomenal job. From the moment he took on the national team he has believed in the players and is getting results in the final stage."
The former Manchester United star added: "I am not feeling the pressure of playing Spain or any other team because it is part of my life. I will always have responsibility but pressure? Not much."