Ronaldo was unlucky, but Portugal dramatically won against the Czech Republic with a decisive goal scored in the 92nd minute

Cristiano Ronaldo was wholeheartedly supported by his teammates in the Euro 2024 opening match against the Czech Republic. Despite this support, CR7 missed numerous scoring opportunities. Portugal was led by a weaker opponent but was fortunate enough to secure 3 points with a decisive goal scored in the 90+2 minute.

Ronaldo was unlucky, but Portugal dramatically won against the Czech Republic with a decisive goal scored in the 92nd minute

Goals: Hranac (69′, own goal), Conceicao (90+1′) – Provod (62′)

As expected by millions of fans worldwide, legend Cristiano Ronaldo was fielded right from the start by Coach Martinez, becoming the first player in history to appear in 6 Euro Championships. It goes without saying that Ronaldo’s performance was not just due to his illustrious reputation, but also his form. Aside from scoring 50 goals in all competitions for Al Nassr last season, CR7 was the second-best striker in the Euro 2024 qualifiers with 10 goals. Other top players of the Seleccao like Bruno Fernandes, Bernando Silva, Pepe, Ruben Dias, and Cancelo were also present.

Portugal took the upper hand right after the starting whistle and tried to score, but faced numerous difficulties against the Czech Republic, who opted for defense. Ronaldo had the first chance with a header after a cross by Leao, but the ball went out.

Rafael Leao was very active in the first half, often disrupting the Czech Republic’s defense with his speed, skill, and tricky breakthroughs. In the 26th minute, Leao almost touched the ball when the goal in front was wide open.

Bruno Fernandes did a good job “dealing the cards” and organizing the attack in the first half. Other than creating opportunities for Leao, the Manchester United captain put Ronaldo in a “face-to-face” situation with goalkeeper Stanek. Unfortunately, CR7 couldn’t score a goal.

In the second half, Portugal’s stalemate in front of the opponent’s goal did not improve. Of course, Ronaldo was still the focus in most of Seleccao’s attacks, but the luck was not yet with the immortal legend wearing the No. 7 jersey.

And then the tragedy happened to Portugal in the 62nd minute. In a rare attack, Coufal passed the ball to Provod, who was free and comfortably launched a very dangerous shot, defeating Diogo Costa.

However, in less than 10 minutes, Seleccao found an equalizer with a bit of luck. Vitinha sent a long ball into the penalty area, and Nuno Mendes jumped up to head towards the goal. Stanek blocked the ball but accidentally “helped” his teammate Hranac become the “goal scorer”.

With improved morale, Portugal continued to attack relentlessly and in the 87th minute, the Czech Republic’s net shook for the second time after a rebound header by Diogo Jota. Prior to that, Cristiano Ronaldo had a header hit the post. However, after VAR intervention, the goal was ruled out for offside by superstar CR7.

But then Portugal still had a dramatic comeback victory in the 90+2 minute thanks to the efforts of two substitutes. Pedro Neto led the ball from the left into the penalty area and made a cross. After scoring an own goal, defender Hranac failed to clear the ball properly, creating an opportunity for Conceicao to score. This was the first goal of the striker born in 2002 for Seleccao after 3 appearances.

Ronaldo and his teammates had a thrilling debut at Euro 2024, but regardless, the victory brought many positive values.

LINE-UP PORTUGAL VS CZECH REPUBLIC

PORTUGAL: Diogo Costa, Diogo Dalot (Inacio 63′), Pepe, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo (Semedo 90′), Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Vitinha (Conceicao 90′), Nuno Mendes (Neto 90′), Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Leao (Jota 63′).

CZECH REPUBLIC: Jindrich Stanek, Tomas Holes (Chory 90′), Robin Hranac, Ladislav Krejci II, Vladimir Coufal, Pavel Sulc (Sevcik 79′), Tomas Soucek, Lukas Provod (Barak 79′), David Doudera, Jan Kuchta (Lingr 60′), Patrik Schick (Chytil 61′).

⚽️ UEFA Euro 1960 to 2021 with 16 tournaments and 10 national champions

⏩ Germany won the Euro 3 times (1972 – 1980 – 1996)

⏩ Spain won the Euro 3 times (1964 – 2008 – 2012)

⏩ France won the Euro 2 times (1984 – 2000)

⏩ Italy won the Euro 2 times (1968 – 2020)

⏩ Soviet Union won the Euro once in 1960

⏩ Czechoslovakia won the Euro once in 1976

⏩ Netherlands won the Euro once in 1988

⏩ Denmark won the Euro once in 1992

⏩ Greece won the Euro once in 2004

⏩ Portugal won the Euro once in 2016

With the participation of the strongest European teams according to the FIFA ranking on February 15, 2024 such as France (2nd) – England (3rd) – Belgium (4th) – Netherlands (6th) – Portugal (7th) – Spain (8th) – Italy (9th) – Croatia (10th) and bright stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku to promising young talents, Euro 2024 promises to deliver top-level and dramatic matches.

EURO 2024 will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany with 24 participating teams. The teams are divided into 6 groups to select the first and second teams in each group, and the 4 third-placed teams with the best performance to get a ticket to the knock-out round. The opening match is scheduled for June 14 between host Germany and Scotland.

⚽️ Detailed EURO 2024 match groups:

⚽️ Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

⚽️ Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

⚽️ Group C: England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia

⚽️ Group D: Poland, France, Netherlands, Austria

⚽️ Group E: Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine

⚽️ Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia

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