Cristiano Ronaldo Secures Portugal's Euro 2024 Qualification with a Double


Cristiano Ronaldo Secures Portugal’s Euro 2024 Qualification with a Double

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Brace Secures Thrilling Euro 2024 Qualification for Portugal

In an exciting match in Porto, Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, leading Portugal to a 3-2 victory over Slovakia and securing their place at Euro 2024. Ronaldo netted a first-half penalty and a second-half tap-in, extending Portugal’s winning streak to seven out of seven matches in Group J, accumulating 21 points for a guaranteed top-two finish.

Portugal coach Roberto Martinez praised Ronaldo’s outstanding performance, noting his experience as an invaluable asset to the national team. Slovakia currently sits in second place, eight points behind Portugal, and will face Luxembourg on Monday.

Portugal dominated from the start, with Ramos heading home a cross from Bruno Fernandes in the eighth minute. Fernandes almost doubled the lead but was thwarted by a spectacular save from Slovakia’s Martin Dubravka in the 26th minute. Three minutes later, VAR confirmed a handball by Denis Vavro, allowing Ronaldo to convert a penalty. It was a special moment, as he had scored his first international goal in the same venue during Euro 2004.

Slovakia pulled one back in the 69th minute when David Hancko’s shot deflected off Antonio Silva and found the net, marking the first goal Portugal conceded in the qualifying campaign. Ronaldo quickly restored the two-goal lead with another goal, his 125th for Portugal, in the 72nd minute.

Stanislav Lobotka’s long-range strike in the 80th minute gave Slovakia hope, but Portugal held on for the win. Although Diogo Jota had a late chance to seal it, the result was enough to secure Portugal’s place in the Euros.

Martinez praised the team’s performance, emphasizing their perfect attitude throughout the campaign, but also acknowledged that this is just a stage in their journey.


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