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Cristiano Ronaldo recovers from injury to score late Portugal winner

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 95th minute goal to secure Portugal a 1-0 victory over Denmark last night, and in doing so earned Fernando Santos' side their first three points from Euro 2016 qualifying.

The 29-year-old forward allayed earlier injury fears by playing the full game in Copenhagen, but it wasn't until injury time in the second half that the Real Madrid superstar broke the deadlock when he met Ricardo Quaresma's cross to fire a bullet header past the helpless Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

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Cristiano defies injury fears to net late winner for Portugal

The win lifts Portugal off the bottom of the five-team Group I table, and into third place behind last night's opponents Denmark and leaders Albania, who are both on four points.

Speaking after the game, Santos paid tribute to his inspirational skipper Ronaldo, who recovered from the knock picked up in last week's international friendly against France to turn in another inspirational performance at Parken on Tuesday.

"Cristiano is Cristiano," he is quoted by the Daily Mail. "He is a winner, and there are no adjectives to describe him.

"We knew that Denmark were very strong. I think they saw the match against France and changed from their normal tactics, from a 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 trying to control the match."

Even contest

Denmark were the better team for large periods of the game but rarely troubled the Portuguese goal, and head coach Morten Olsen was heavily critical of his players' lapse in concentration right at the death, which led to Ronaldo's decisive goal and sent the majority of the 36,562 sell-out crowd home disappointed.

"You have to know the last five minutes you have to play with discipline and concentration so that these things don't happen," he said. "You have to be professional, these are very important points that we lost here."

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