Cristiano Ronaldo and Maniche struck a goal in each half to fire hosts Portugal into the Euro 2004 final with a 2-1 win over Holland in Lisbon.
Portugal lost in the semifinals of the World Cup in 1996 and the European Championship in 1984 and 2000. The Dutch, the European champion in 1988,
also were eliminated in the semifinals four years ago, when they were co-hosts.
Cristiano Ronaldo headed in Deco's corner kick in the 26th minute and was given a yellow card by Swedish referee Anders Frisk for pulling off his
shirt in the celebration. Nuno Maniche made it 2-0 when he beat Edwin van der Sar with a 22-yard shot to the far post in the 57th minute, also off a
corner kick. The Netherlands got a goal when Portuguese defender Jorge Andrade put the ball past his own goalkeeper, Ricardo Pereira, in the 63rd
minute while trying to clear Giovanni Van Bronckhorst's cross.
Holland were prone to Portuguese breaks and when Miguel got forward to screw the ball back to Maniche, Cocu bravely threw himself in front of the shot
to deny an almost certain third goal.
Coach Dick Advocaat played Holland's last card when he sent on Pierre van Hooijdonk to partner Makaay and van Nistelrooy but central defenders Ricardo
Carvalho and Andrade cemented their growing reputations by ushering Portugal to the final.
It was a nail-biting climax, but when the referee blew for full time, Portugal's 'Golden Generation' had held firm against an onslaught from the
Oranje to book a place in Sunday's showpiece against either the Czech Republic or Greece. The Portuguese were in a final at last and the celebrations
Ricardo, Miguel, Andrade, Ricardo Carvalho, Nuno Valente, Ronaldo (Petit 67), Maniche (Couto 87), Costinha, Figo, Deco, Pauleta (Nuno
Subs Not Used:
Quim, Moreira, Paulo Ferreira, Rui Jorge, Rui Costa, Simao, Beto, Tiago, Postiga.
Ronaldo, Nuno Valente, Figo.
Van der Sar, Reiziger, Stam, Bouma (Van der Vaart 55), Van Bronckhorst, Davids, Seedorf, Cocu, Overmars (Makaay 45), van Nistelrooy,
Robben (Van Hooijdonk 81).
Subs Not Used:
Westerveld, Waterreus, Van der Meyde, Kluivert, Sneijder, Heitinga, Bosvelt, Zenden.
Anders Frisk (Sweden).