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Cristiano Ronaldo to Joao Moutinho before penalties: It's in God's hands now

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Footage emerged of Cristiano Ronaldo demanding Joao Moutinho take a penalty in Portugal’s shootout win over Poland.

The Real Madrid star picked out Moutinho, one of Portugal’s most technically-gifted players, as he tried to shy away from penalty duties.

However, Ronaldo, like a bully telling a school kid to hand over his lunch money, forced the Monaco to step up.


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A new video of the event has surfaced which reveals exactly what Ronaldo said to his compatriot.

And it will make you admire Ronaldo so much.

Ronaldo gets Moutinho to take a penalty

“Hey! Hey! Come kick, come kick. Come,” the 31-year-old shouts as Moutinho tries to maintain a low profile.

“You hit them well! If we lose then [expletive] it!

“Be strong! Come on! Be strong! You hit them well, come on! It's in God's hands now!”

Portugal's bizarre campaign

Moutinho knew then that there was no backing out.

And it’s a good thing he didn’t, too. The 29-year-old scored from 12 yards as Fernando Santos’s team reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Quite remarkably, Portugal are yet to win a game in 90 minutes. Yet if they keep winning, nobody will complain about the aesthetics.

Wales in the semi-final

Next up is Gareth Bale and Wales on Wednesday. Danilo is confident that Santos’s side can reach their first final since Euro 2004.

"I prefer playing ugly and being where we are than playing nice football and being at home right now," Danilo told reporters, per FourFourTwo.

"We have an ambitious group of players. Criticism gives us more motivation. It's not easy, we see things in the news but criticism motivate us. They make us determined to prove them wrong. 

"I think we haven't played our best yet, but I think we can play it in the game against Wales. If they are confident, great - but so are we. We believe we can win this game and reach the final.

"A final against France would be nice, but against anyone else too."

Stopping Bale is key

Wales have Bale - scorer of three goals and among the standout performers in France - to thank for their tremendous run to the last-four.

Of course, the Real Madrid star required the help of his teammates but Danilo knows stopping Bale will give Portugal a great opportunity to win.

"We're aware of Bale, we won't give him space. We know he's fast," the Porto man added.

"I think it will be a difficult game against Wales, they are very organised in midfield and we have to be careful with some of their players but also concentrate on our game.

"Wales are a very strong side. They score a lot of goals. They're strong in the air but we have players who are good in the air too. We've faced players in the past who are supposed to be good in the air and we managed to deal with them.”

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