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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 July 2006, 07:45 GMT 08:45 UK
Ronaldo defiant after crowd abuse
Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo was left in tears after Portugal's defeat
Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo said he was "pleased" by the vitriolic reaction to his every touch in the World Cup semi-final loss to France.

The crowd's response was thought to stem from his actions in the quarter-final win over England, when striker Wayne Rooney was sent off.

But after Wednesday's match in Munich, which France won 1-0, Ronaldo, 21, said: "I was pleased about being booed.

"Maybe France fans were upset to see a dangerous player. I'm not worried."

Ronaldo preferred to focus on the performance of referee Jorge Larrionda, claiming the Uruguayan was biased against his side.

"We played well and did our best but the referee didn't help us," said the Manchester United player.

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"Everyone who saw the match could see that the referee wasn't fair.

"He should have shown yellow cards but he did not because Portugal is a small country.

"We just have to carry on working and then we will be a big country."

Zinedine Zidane netted the game's only goal in the 33rd minute when he neatly stroked a penalty past Portugal keeper Ricardo.

"Portugal showed that they can play good football," added Ronaldo. "France were no better than we were. They got a penalty but not much else.

"We are disappointed not to reach the final after such a match.

"We really wanted to go through but didn't make it. It is the end of our dream. But we have to congratulate France."

Portugal now play tournament hosts Germany in the third-place play-off match in Stuttgart on Saturday.

"We think of the next game now and hopefully we can win it," Ronaldo said.

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