Portugal celebrate qualification to 2024 Euros quarterfinals
Portugal celebrate qualification to 2024 Euros quarterfinals

Euro 2024: Cristiano Ronaldo misses penalty as Portugal beat Slovenia to reach quarter-finals

Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty was saved in extra time but Portugal still progressed to the quarter-finals of Euro 2024 following a dramatic shootout victory over Slovenia.

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Portugal's superstar captain had been in tears after his penalty was kept out by Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak and he was consoled by his team-mates, as fans chanted his name in the stands.

But he recovered to score his country's first penalty in the shootout - where goalkeeper Diogo Costa saved all three kicks he faced - before Manchester City's Bernardo Silva netted the winning kick.

Ronaldo was involved in the thick of it throughout the night as he searched for his first goal at Euro 2024.

Before his penalty was tipped on to the post, he wasted a golden opportunity in the final minute of normal time, drilling his shot straight at Oblak, having seen countless crosses fly over his head throughout 120 minutes of blockbuster action.

Eventually, Portugal's persistence paid off as Slovenia crumbled in the shootout and Costa's heroics ensured Ronaldo's Euro dream continues.

Portugal had dominated large periods and should have led in the first half when Joao Palhinha struck the post.

Slovenia, who defended with grit and resilience, had chances of their own and will regret Benjamin Sesko's wasted chance when through one-on-one with Portugal goalkeeper Costa in the final minutes of extra time.

Portugal now play France in the quarter-finals in Hamburg on Friday, while Slovenia leave the competition in the cruellest of manners.

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