Sunday, July 14, 2024

France Beat Portugal in Shootout to Reach Semis and End Ronaldo’s Dream

France advanced to the Euro 2024 semifinals by winning 5-3 in a penalty shootout against Portugal, a result that may mark the end of Cristiano Ronaldo’s international career.

The match ended in a goalless draw after regular and extra time. The decisive moment came when Theo Hernandez scored the winning penalty for France. Joao Felix’s missed penalty was a crucial mistake for Portugal.

In the semifinals, France will face Spain, having overcome their previous struggles in shootouts. Interestingly, France has not scored any goals in open play throughout the tournament but has also not conceded any, thanks to the impressive performances of goalkeeper Mike Maignan, who made several key saves.

During the match, both France and Portugal had multiple chances to score but failed to capitalize on them. The missed opportunities and strong defensive play defined the game. This match likely signals the end of the international careers of Ronaldo and his longtime teammate, Pepe, both of whom have had illustrious careers representing Portugal.

France’s journey to the semifinals showcases their defensive strength and resilience in high-pressure situations, setting up an exciting clash with Spain. As the tournament progresses, fans eagerly await to see if France can continue their solid defensive record and secure a spot in the final.

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