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Rejuvenated Ronaldo looking for encore


By Associated Press

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Maybe, just maybe, those taunting cries of "Messi, Messi, Messi" that follow Cristiano Ronaldo everywhere will abate now.

Ronaldo led Portugal to the quarterfinals of the European Championship with perhaps his best game on the international stage, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over the Netherlands on Sunday.

But can he deliver an encore — or two or three? His next test comes Thursday when the Portuguese play the Czech Republic for a place in the semifinals.

The big question: Will Ronaldo crumble again as the games get ever more intense?

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