Selecção das Quinas (Team of Shields)

 Story so far

Portugal were held by new boys Iceland in what was deemed a shock on matchday one; that result doesn't look too bad now. Following a nervy Group F campaign Fernando Santos's men sneaked through as one of the best third-place sides, before a resilient last-16 display against Croatia and a late, late winner sealed progress.

 Route to last eight

1-1 Iceland, 0-0 Austria, 3-3 Hungary, 1-0 Croatia

 Star performer

Cristiano Ronaldo. While not firing on all cylinders during the first two games, he came to life and dragged his team through as he created history with a brace against Hungary. The captain has also bagged two assists and is one goal short of Michel Platini's all-time Euro finals record of nine.

 Best moment

Ricardo Quaresma's late clincher against Croatia last Saturday. A stunning breakaway led by fellow substitute Renato Sanches culminated in the Be?ikta? winger nodding in the solitary, 117th-minute goal from close range to spark pandemonium.


With Ronaldo, Nani and company, opportunities are plentiful and goals should be too. Portugal's obvious powers lie in attack.


The final ball has been lacking at times but the bigger problems have been at the back, specifically marking at set pieces, which occasionally has left a lot to be desired. They were lucky to get away with it last time out.

 Quarter-final prediction

Having ousted tournament dark horses Croatia, Portugal now have a wonderful chance of going all the way. It will be another tense game against Poland – One wouldn't be surprised if it went to penalties.

 What are they singing?

As saudades que eu já tinha. Da minha alegre casinha. Tão modesta quanto eu (The longing that I had, for my cheerful house, as modest as I am). A minha casinha by local band Xutos e Pontapés is a revamped version of a traditional Portuguese song that evokes the protagonist's humble abode which, though nothing special, is theirs nonetheless and they love and miss it.

 Celebrity fans

Mariza (fado singer), Joaquim de Almeida (actor), Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (President)

 The hidden fact

Ronaldo and Quaresma are best buds. They came through the Sporting academy together, have affectionate nicknames for each other, and often come out to training and warm-ups in tandem.