Portugal Survive Penalty Shootout Drama After Ronaldo Miss

Cristiano Ronaldo broken down in tears
Preeti Bali / 11:09 am / July 2, 2024

Portugal edged beyond an undaunted Slovenia side 3-0 on punishments in an Euro 2024 last-16 conflict loaded up with extreme emotion on Monday night. The match stayed goalless after additional time, with Cristiano Ronaldo missing a vital punishment in the main period. In any case, recovery anticipated the veteran forward in the shootout.

Slovenia Hold Firm Against Dominant Portugal

Regardless of controlling belonging, Portugal battled to separate an efficient Slovenian protection. Ronaldo, looking for his most memorable objective of the competition, had a disappointing night. A first-half header was easily saved by his previous colleague Jan Oblak, and a free-dismiss later in the game cannoned from the crossbar.

Missed Penalty and Tears for Ronaldo

The tension escalated in extra time when Diogo Jota was brought down in the penalty area. Ronaldo, entrusted with the spot-kick, saw his powerful effort brilliantly tipped onto the post by Oblak. The miss visibly affected the Portugal captain, who was seen in tears during the half-time break.

Slovenia Squander Chance, Penalty Drama Ensues

Slovenia almost capitalized on Portugal’s dejection when Benjamin Sesko raced through on goal, but his shot was well saved by Diogo Costa. The match then went to penalties, a first for Slovenia in a major tournament.

Costa Emerges as Portugal’s Hero

Costa moved forward in the shootout, making three electrifying recoveries to deny Josip Ilicic, Jure Balkovec, and Benjamin Verbic. Ronaldo, apparently unshaken by his previous miss, changed over his punishment. Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva stuck to this same pattern, getting an emotional triumph for Portugal.

Ronaldo Reflects on Emotional Rollercoaster

“It was a rollercoaster of emotions,” admitted Ronaldo after the match. “Disappointment turned into joy, that’s the beauty of football. I haven’t made a mistake all year, and when I needed it most, Oblak saved it.”

Portugal now progress to the quarter-finals, where they will face a formidable opponent in France. The win will be a major relief for Fernando Santos’s side, who were frustrated for long stretches by a determined Slovenian team.

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