Portugal Edge Past Slovenia on Penalties After Tense Euro 2024 Encounter

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Portugal made it to the quarter-finals of Euro 2024 after beating Slovenia in a super intense match that ended with no goals scored in regular time, so they had to go to penalties in Frankfurt. The hero of the night was undoubtedly the goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who saved three spot-kicks in the shootout to send Portugal through, and so tried the man of the country, Cristiano Ronaldo, the poor man just wanted to give his everything for one last time.

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Dominant Portugal faced a tough time against Oblak

Portugal kicked off the match looking like the bosses, with guys like Rafael Leão and Rúben Dias setting up some cool early chances. Even CR7 had a decent shot but couldn’t quite get a toe on Bernardo Silva’s cross. As the first half went on, Slovenia started playing better, but their goalie, Jan Oblak, was basically a superhero. He stopped Ronaldo’s free-kick like it was nothing and then pulled off another sick save right before the half was over when Joao Palhinha tried to score.

Šeško Threatens, Ronaldo Misses Penalty

The second half mirrored the first, with Portugal controlling possession but struggling to find a breakthrough. Šeško provided Slovenia’s best chance of the game, racing past Pepe but failing to beat Costa in a one-on-one situation. The game went into extra time, where the drama entered. Portugal were awarded a penalty after Jota was brought down in the box. However, Ronaldo’s spot-kick was saved by the ever-impressive Oblak. Šeško then had a golden opportunity to win it for Slovenia, but Costa again came to Portugal’s rescue with a crucial save.

Costa the Hero in Shootout

The tie was ultimately decided by a penalty shootout. In a dramatic turn of events, Costa emerged as the hero, saving all three Slovenian penalties. Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, and Bernardo Silva all scored their spot-kicks to secure a hard-fought victory for Portugal.

Key Stats I

  • Portugal’s Diogo Costa became the first goalkeeper to save three penalties in a EURO shoot-out.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo became the oldest player to score a penalty in a EURO shoot-out (39 years and 147 days).
  • Portugal have reached the EURO quarter-finals for a record seventh time.

What’s Next?

Portugal will now face France in the quarter-finals on Friday, 6th July 2024 in Hamburg. Slovenia, despite the defeat, can be proud of their performance throughout the tournament, reaching the knockout stages for the first time in their history.

Key Stats II

Shots on Target71
Fouls Committed1410
Yellow Cards12

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