Portugal 2, England 2

David Beckham sent his shot into the crowd, and Portugal went on to beat England, 6-5, in sudden-death penalty kicks following a 2-2 tie Thursday night, advancing the hosts to the semifinals of the European Championship.

Beckham, who failed to convert a penalty kick in England's opening 2-1 loss to France, missed badly on the first penalty kick that followed 30 minutes of overtime, appearing to slip and sending the ball well over the crossbar and into the seats.

Beckham, who was not available to comment after the game, also sent a penalty kick over the crossbar in a qualifier against Turkey last October.

England Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson complained to the UEFA that the area around the penalty spot didn't have enough grass.

"He slipped with his foot once again, unfortunately. Life has to go on," Eriksson said.

Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo stopped Darius Vassell's low shot on the seventh penalty kick, then converted the winner himself, beating England goalkeeper David James.

"It's not new for me to take penalties, but tonight I really wanted to do it," Ricardo said. "I owed it to all the Portuguese fans."

England has lost four penalty shootouts, including defeats to Germany in the 1990 World Cup and 1996 European Championship and to Argentina in the 1998 World Cup. The English beat Spain on penalties in the 1996 Euro quarterfinals.

"It's a big disappointment, and it always seems to happen to us," said Michael Owen, who scored England's first goal in regulation. "Tournaments come along every two years so you can't expect to win everything. But going out on penalties again is a bitter blow -- although they put theirs away really well."

Portugal next plays the winner of Saturday's semifinal between Sweden and the Netherlands. In other quarterfinals, defending champion France meets Greece on Friday, and the Czech Republic faces Denmark on Sunday.

Thousands of people, waving flags, cheering and honking car horns, filled streets after the game. Thousands of fans blocked Lisbon's main avenue, the Avenida de Liberdade, as people who watched the game in bars and cafes spilled into the streets.

"This win, after everything that happened during this game, was truly spectacular," Portugal Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. "I have to go and get my heart checked it was so thrilling."

Owen put England ahead after three minutes of the tournament's first quarterfinal. Helder Postiga, who replaced star Luis Figo, tied the score in the 83rd minute.

In other news, Germany coach Rudi Voeller resigned, one day after his team was eliminated. Spain Coach Inaki Saez is expected to resign Friday.

Portugal and Jorge Andrade top England and Darius Vassell, who missed his team's last penalty kick. Superstar David Beckham missed England's first.