Cristiano Ronaldo made a significant contribution with an assist in Portugal’s massive 3-0 victory over Turkey in the round of 16 at Euro 2024.

The superstar Cristiano Ronaldo assisted in Portugal’s significant 3-0 victory over Turkey in the second round of Group F at Euro 2024, on June 22. During the match at Westfalenstadion, many teammates ran to celebrate with Ronaldo. Although he didn’t score, the 39-year-old legend was still the focus. The match was interrupted four times by fans sneaking onto the pitch to try to take photos with the Portuguese striker.

Cristiano Ronaldo made a significant contribution with an assist in Portugal's massive 3-0 victory over Turkey in the round of 16 at Euro 2024.

After the match, coach Roberto Martinez stated that it was fortunate that the fans only wanted to take pictures with Ronaldo and had no malicious intentions. He called on fans to behave appropriately and not disrupt the match. The UEFA also launched an investigation into the security issue at Westfalenstadion, which is likely to host Germany’s round of 16 and semi-final matches.

Technically, Ronaldo was still energetic on the field. He played the full match, constantly moving and shooting with his foot and head. The biggest impression the captain of the Portuguese team made was when he ran off to receive a pass from a teammate and pushed the ball across instead of shooting in a one-on-one position with the Turkish goalkeeper, allowing Bruno Fernandes to tap into an empty net in the 56th minute, sealing Portugal’s 3-0 victory.

Apart from being praised by the online community for his team play, Ronaldo also made history at the Euro. In addition to owning the most goals at the Euro (14), he broke Karel Poborsky’s record to become the player with the most assists since 1968. However, Ronaldo has yet to break his goalless streak against Turkey, failing to score in four matches, including a 2-0 victory at Euro 2008, a 3-1 win in World Cup 2022 qualifiers, a 1-3 friendly defeat in June 2012, and yesterday’s Euro 2024 match.

In this match, Portugal was flexible and effective, even though Turkey was buoyant after their impressive 3-1 victory over Georgia in the opening round. This match, Turkey seemed to be playing at home with tens of thousands of supporters wearing red and white shirts filling the stadium. But the fervor diminished as the game progressed.

In the 21st minute, Rafael Leao passed to Nuno Mendes who ran down the left wing and crossed the ball for Bernardo Silva to tap in and beat Altay Bayindir – a goalkeeper from Man Utd. This was Silva’s first goal in a major tournament (World Cup or Euro), out of 12 goals in 91 matches for the national team.

In the 28th minute, the gap was doubled for Portugal in an unexpected way. After a failed combination between Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo, the ball slipped out of Portugal’s control. While Ronaldo was blaming his younger teammate, center-back Samet Akaydin carelessly passed the ball back when Bayindir had left the goal. Their rescue effort was unsuccessful as the ball had crossed the line by a large margin.

After conceding the goal, the Turkish players blamed each other. Meanwhile, Ronaldo and his teammates joyfully celebrated the “gift” from heaven. This was the sixth own goal at Euro 2024. The previous record belonged to Euro 2020, with 11 goals – eight of which were scored in the group stage.

The two-goal difference discouraged Turkey in the second half, while Portugal maintained their momentum to score a decisive goal thanks to Fernandes.

When the match was under control, Ronaldo was even more active in scoring but no clear chance was created. If successful, he would become the first player to score in six Euro tournaments. Nevertheless, the 3-0 victory somewhat satisfied him and his teammates. With six absolute points, Portugal is guaranteed to advance to the round of 16 as the leader of Group F. Coach Martinez could plan the squad for the final match against Georgia on June 26.

Goals: Bernardo Silva (21′), S. Akaydin (28′) – Own goal, Bruno Fernandes (55′)

Line-up

Turkey: Bayindir, Celik, Akaydin (Demiral 76), Bardakci, Kadioglu, Calhanoglu, Ayhan (Yuksek 58), Kokcu (Yazici 46), Akturkoglu (Yildiz 58), Akgun (Guler 70), Yilmaz

Portugal: Costa, Mendes, Pepe (Antonio Silva 83), Dias, Cancelo (Semedo 68), Vitinha (Joao Neves 88), Palhinha (Ruben Neves 46), Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Leao (Neto 46), Ronaldo

⚽️ 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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