Portugal reaches Euro 2024 quarter-finals with thrilling win over Slovenia

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Slovenia kept Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal’s team of many star players from scoring a goal for 120 minutes in the pre-quarterfinals of Euro Cup 2024 football, but the team lost 0-3 in the penalty shootout. Portugal will now face the challenge of France in the last eight.

Frankfurt (Germany). Slovenia, ranked 57th in the world rankings, kept Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal’s team of many legendary players from scoring a goal for 120 minutes in the pre-quarterfinals of Euro 2024 football, but the team lost 0-3 in the penalty shootout. Portugal will now face the challenge of France in the last eight. This match was very up and down for captain Ronaldo in which he could not control his emotions. Ronaldo, who was looking for his first goal in Euro 2024, missed five-six such opportunities in the match which he has been converting into goals in his career of the last 20 years.

After the match remained goalless in regular time, the match remained goalless even in the half-hour of extra time. Ronaldo had an easy chance to give the team the lead in the 105th minute of the match, but the 39-year-old player missed the goal on a penalty kick. Slovenia’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a brilliant save by diving to the left and prevented Portugal from taking the lead. Ronaldo’s eyes filled with tears after this attempt failed. However, his teammates encouraged him, kissed his forehead and asked him to keep his focus on the match. Ronaldo’s mother, who was present in the stadium, also became teary-eyed on this occasion. Even after extra time, the match ended in a goalless draw.

Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa then thwarted the first attempt of Slovenia’s Josip Ilicic in the penalty shootout. Ronaldo then scored to give the team the lead and put his disappointment behind him. Costa stopped the penalty kicks of Jure Balkovec and Benjamin Verbic while Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva scored on their attempts to give Portugal a 3-0 win. Ronaldo told Portuguese broadcaster RTP after the match, “Sometimes it is difficult to score on penalties. I have scored more than 200 penalty goals in my career. Sometimes it gets messed up.” He said, “We showed enthusiasm that we still have to play, give happiness to the fans and that’s it, this is our life.

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