Cristiano Ronaldo
The Real Madrid star inspired his national team to the Euro 2012 Finals. Reuters

A Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Portugal stormed into the Euro 2012 Finals after thrashing ten-man Bosnia-Herzegovina 6-2 in the second-leg of the playoffs at Lisbon.

Ronaldo was criticised after the goalless first leg for failing to inspire his nervous side, despite being their captain and most talented player. However, the second-leg was a completely different story.

The skipper scored the opener with a trademark free-kick from 35 yards in as early as the eighth minute to ease Portuguese nerves. His Manchester United counterpart, Nani, doubled the scores with a fizzing drive from an identical position, giving Portugal a 2-0 lead in the 24 minute.

Bosnia got one back from the spot, just before half-time, when Fabio Coentrao was deemed to have handled the ball in the box. Zvjezdan Misimovic calmly slotted in to keep his side in with a chance.

Early in the second half, Ronaldo scored again, restoring his side's two goal lead, when he rounded Bosnia keeper Begovic after he was let through on goal. The visitors' troubles increased after Senad Lulic was sent off for violent conduct, but they still posed a threat with Emir Spahic tapping in from close range on 66 minutes.

However, Portugal went on to score thrice in ten minutes to all but seal Bosnia's fate. Helder Postiga's goals on 72 and 82 minutes sandwiched Miguel Veloso's 80 minute goal to book their places in the summer tournament at Poland-Ukraine.