D-day for Ronaldo's Portugal in Euro 2012's 'Group of Death'

    Story highlights

    • Final games in Euro 2012's "Group of Death" to be played in Ukraine on Sunday
    • Bottom team Netherlands face Portugal, needing to win by two goals to go through
    • Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal will reach quarterfinals with win, or maybe even a draw
    • Leaders Germany need just a point against Denmark, who can also progress to last eight
    Cristiano Ronaldo has the weight of a nation on his shoulders at Euro 2012, but the world's most expensive footballer is struggling to make an impact for Portugal.
    Mocked by opposing fans after uncharacteristic misses against Denmark, the man who seemingly scores at will for Real Madrid is under extreme pressure ahead of Sunday's final Group B clash with the Netherlands.
    The Dutch need to win by two goals to have any chance of reaching the quarterfinals, while 2004 runners-up Portugal could go through with a draw if Denmark cannot beat leaders Germany.
    Ronaldo scored 46 goals in 38 league games as Real wrested the Spanish title off Barcelona last season, but Denmark fans chanted the name of Lionel Messi -- his rival for the title of world's best player -- in Portugal's last-gasp 3-2 victory on Wednesday.
    However, former Portugal goalkeeper Vitor Baia told CNN that Ronaldo does not deserve the criticism he has received for his performances so far.
    "Cristiano is a fantastic player and is our captain and is doing very well," said Baia, who won 80 international caps and played at two European Championships and the 2002 World Cup.
    Vitor Baia defends Ronaldo
    Vitor Baia defends Ronaldo

      JUST WATCHED

      Vitor Baia defends Ronaldo

    MUST WATCH

    Vitor Baia defends Ronaldo 01:51
    Can Ronaldo fire Portugal to Euro glory?
    Can Ronaldo fire Portugal to Euro glory?

      JUST WATCHED

      Can Ronaldo fire Portugal to Euro glory?

    MUST WATCH

    Can Ronaldo fire Portugal to Euro glory? 04:05
    Ronaldo: Winning title career high point
    Ronaldo: Winning title career high point

      JUST WATCHED

      Ronaldo: Winning title career high point

    MUST WATCH

    Ronaldo: Winning title career high point 04:19