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Ronaldo eyes Italy win

Ronaldo eyes Italy win

Birthday boy Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he would like nothing better to beat World Cup champions Italy for Portugal. Coach Scolari has said this game is more than just a friendly warm up for the European Championships.

He explained: "For my birthday I would have liked to be with my family but the national team is like a second family and so a victory over Italy would make a nice present, especially since Portugal have not beaten Italy for 31 years."

Since that win in Lisbon in a friendly Italy have won nine and drawn one game, conceding just three goals in the process.

"For me, against Italy, I want to win. We don't have a great record against them. We must change that."