Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 6/26/12
Cristiano Ronaldo insists Portugal's mental strength can give them the edge when they come up against reigning world and European champions Spain at the Donbass Arena 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 semifinals. 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...
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