Euro 2024: Portugal gets by Slovenia thanks to Diogo Costa's heroics in penalties


FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 01: Players of Portugal celebrate after Bernardo Silva of Portugal (not pictured) scores the team's third penalty in the penalty shoot out to secure victory during the UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16 match between Portugal and Slovenia at Frankfurt Arena on July 01, 2024 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Ryan Pierse - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Portugal has advanced to the Euro 2024 quarterfinals following a penalty shootout win over Slovenia.

Goalkeeper Diogo Costa stopped all three penalties he faced and Portugal converted all three of their attempts to set up Friday’s match against France (3 p.m. ET; Fox). France defeated Belgium 1-0 in Monday’s other Euro 2024 Round of 16 match.

The teams were goalless through 90 minutes and extra time before needing penalty kicks to decide a winner. In the shootout, Josip Iličić, Jure Balkovec and Benjamin Verbič missed their attempts against Costa, while Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva each beat Jan Oblak to secure the win.

Portugal were saved by Costa after nearly losing the match late in extra time. Slovenia’s Benjamin Šeško took advantage of a mistake in midfield by Pepe, but could not beat the Portugal goalkeeper to break the deadlock.

It was a tough 90 minutes and extra time for Ronaldo. He led all players with six shots on goal, but could not convert on any of his four free kicks.

In the first period of extra time, Portugal was awarded a penalty kick after Slovenia defender Vanja Drkušić fouled Diogo Jota. Up stepped Ronaldo for a chance to be the hero, but his attempt was denied by Oblak.

The missed opportunity to put his country ahead before the second half of extra time brought out an emotional Ronaldo — as well as his mother — during the break. The Portugal captain had to be consoled by teammates after being reduced to tears. He had scored his last 13 penalty kick opportunities before Oblak ended the streak.

Ronaldo would get his redemption in the penalty shootout, tucking his shot into the lower corner past Oblak.

The winner of Portugal/France will face the winner of Spain/Germany in the first Euro 2024 semifinal on July 9 in Munich.



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