Warsaw: Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo following his side`s 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, labelling him as "one of the two best players" in world football.
The Real Madrid ace powered a header past the custodian on the 79th minute to send Paulo Bento`s men to the semi-finals in a match which was largely dominated by the Seleccao.
Speaking after the match, Cech admitted Portugal were worthy winners and made no secret of his admiration for Ronaldo - whom he faced many times in England when the 27-year-old was at Manchester United.
"This is a not a good feeling for us tonight," he told reporters after the game. "We lost, they were better and deserved to win.
"Ronaldo is one of the two best players in the world, and he proved it with that header. He is truly hard to stop."
Portugal will face either Spain or France in the last four, which will be played out on June 27.
First Published: Friday, June 22, 2012, 15:07