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21/06/2012 21:34, Report by Adam Bostock

Nani confident for semis

Nani is within two matches of winning Euro 2012 after helping Portugal to reach the semi-finals.

The United winger had a half-chance or two to break the stubborn resistance of Czech Republic in Warsaw, before his country and former club colleague Cristiano Ronaldo pipped him to it by powering a 79th-minute header past Petr Cech. The Chelsea goalkeeper had earlier parried away a long-range shot from Nani and although the latter's cross was converted by substitute Hugo Almeida, that 'goal' was rightly disallowed by English referee Howard Webb for offside.

"I had a couple of chances, Cristiano did, and Almeida as well," said Nani, who was the first player to be booked by Webb - for a foul on David Limbarsky - during a frustrating first half.

"Finally Ronaldo scored a goal, we won the game and that's the most important thing. Everyone is happy, we're very satisfied with the result. Every game [as we progress] is going to be more difficult but it was a great performance by all the players tonight and the whole team is feeling very confident. Now we have to rest and prepare for the big match."

For the second game in a row, Nani was substituted a few minutes from time while Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes, with the main highlight - other

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Euro 2012 Quarter-finals

21 June: Portugal 1-0 Czech Republic

22 June: Germany vs Greece

23 June: France vs Spain

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