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Heartbreak for Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal Falls to France in Penalty Shootout

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Euro 2024 journey ended in heartbreak. Portugal lost to France in a dramatic penalty shootout. A missed spot-kick from Joao Felix decided the match. France now advances to face Spain in the semi-final on July 10.

The first half lacked attacking flair. Both teams struggled to find the back of the net. Portugal couldn’t capitalize on corners or free-kicks. Meanwhile, France couldn’t finish their runs effectively. Nuno Mendes nearly secured victory for Portugal in extra time, but the match went to penalties.

Neither Ronaldo nor Mbappe shone during the game. They struggled to penetrate the opposing defenses. Portugal relied on Rafael Leao and Nuno Mendes. France leaned on Kolo Muani and Ousmane Dembélé.

Portugal’s attacks were predictable. Most came from the left flank, which France’s defense anticipated. Dayot Upamecano and Jules Kounde marked Leao and Mendes closely. Portugal’s failure to create gaps from the middle frustrated their fans.

Vitinha and Bruno Fernandes attempted long-range shots. However, they didn’t trouble France’s goalkeeper, Mike Maignan. Portugal’s defense, however, was solid. Diogo Costa impressed again, keeping out France’s star forwards.

Costa was supported by Ruben Dias and Pepe. Despite a previous mistake, Pepe delivered a top performance. He helped contain France’s dangerous attacks. France, despite their star midfielders, struggled defensively. Eduardo Camavinga, N’Golo Kante, and Aurelien Tchouameni couldn’t block Portugal’s attacking runs.

Coach Didier Deschamps must address this issue before facing Spain. If the same mistakes occur, France could face serious trouble in their next match.

Portugal’s predictable strategy and missed penalty ended their Euro 2024 dreams. France’s resilience, despite their midfield struggles, earned them a spot in the semi-final. Both teams need to address their weaknesses to succeed further in the tournament.

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