Cristiano Ronaldo's Brace Secures Portugal's Euro 2024 Qualification


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

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Brace Secures Euro 2024 Qualification for Portugal in Thrilling Match Against Slovakia


Cristiano Ronaldo exhibited his prowess by scoring twice in an exhilarating 3-2 victory against Slovakia in Porto on Friday, securing Portugal’s place at Euro 2024. Ronaldo delivered a first-half penalty and a second-half tap-in, propelling the Portuguese to their seventh consecutive victory in Group J, accumulating a total of 21 points and ensuring a top-two finish.

Portugal’s coach, Roberto Martinez, commended Ronaldo’ performance, stating, “Cristiano Ronaldo is having a great time, playing a lot of minutes and scoring a lot of goals for his club. He has a lot of experience with the national team and he’s a reference point for young players.”

Slovakia currently holds the second position with eight points, two ahead of Luxembourg, whom they are set to face on Monday.

Portugal initiated the match with enthusiasm as Ramos connected with Bruno Fernandes’ cross in the eighth minute, heading the ball into the net and past Martin Dubravka in the Slovakia goal. This marked Ramos’ seventh goal in just nine matches and Fernandes’ sixth assist of the campaign. Fernandes almost doubled the score in the 26th minute, but Dubravka thwarted the attempt with a brilliant one-handed save.

In the 29th minute, a VAR-confirmed decision determined that Denis Vavro had handled the ball, granting Ronaldo the opportunity to convert a penalty. This goal marked his 124th for Portugal in the same venue where he scored his first international goal against Greece in the opening game of Euro 2004.

Slovakia made a comeback in the 69th minute as David Hancko’s shot from outside the area deflected off Antonio Silva’s heel and found the bottom corner, constituting Portugal’s first conceded goal in the qualification campaign. Ronaldo quickly restored the two-goal advantage three minutes later, tapping in another exquisite cross from Fernandes, thereby notching his 125th goal.

With just ten minutes remaining, Stanislav Lobotka launched a powerful shot from outside the area that found the top corner, bringing the game back into contention. Although Portugal had opportunities to seal the win, including a late chance for Diogo Jota, the hosts had secured their spot at the Euros.

Roberto Martinez emphasized the importance of the result, stating, “We won the match with a very good first half. The important thing was the result. In seven games, we’ve shown a perfect attitude. I’m very satisfied, but it’s only a stage.


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