Portugal 2, Netherlands 1

-- Portugal advanced to the final of a major soccer tournament for the first time, beating the Netherlands, 2-1, Wednesday night in the semifinals of the European Championship.

Portugal will play Sunday against the winner of Thursday's semifinal between the Czech Republic and Greece, which upset the hosts, 2-1, in the tournament opener on June 12.

"I'd trade everything I've ever won for this one moment," said Portugal midfielder Luis Figo, who repeatedly penetrated the Dutch defense. "It's a historic moment for the country."

Before a crowd of 46,679 at Jose Alvalade Stadium, 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 spectacular, 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 goalkeeper, Ricardo Pereira, in the 63rd minute while trying to clear Giovanni van Bronckhorst's cross.

"The Portuguese have a lot of talented players in the team. It was quite simple: They were the better team tonight," Netherlands Coach Dick Advocaat said.

Portugal lost in the semifinals of the World Cup in 1966 and the European Championship in 1984 and 2000.

The Dutch, the European champions in 1988, also were eliminated in the semifinals four years ago, when they were co-hosts.

One month after FC Porto won the European Champions Cup, Portugal is in position to win the biggest tournament for national teams behind the World Cup.

"We deserved to win," said Portugal Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who led Brazil to its fifth World Cup title two years ago.

After the game, Scolari said he would stay on as Portugal's coach for two additional years, through the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Howard Named to U.S. Squad

Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard was among 18 players selected for the U.S. roster for a July 11 exhibition against Poland in Chicago. Three other European-based players were selected for the game, the last for the U.S. team before the start of the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying: forward Brian McBride and defender Carlos Bocanegra of England's Fulham and defender Steve Cherundolo of Germany's Hannover 96.

Nuno Gomes, right, Jose Moreira and Portugal are headed for Sunday's final vs. Greece or Czech Republic.