EURO 2024 Quarter-Final: France Prevail in Penalty Thriller, End Ronaldo’s European Championship Dream

EURO 2024 Quarter-Final: France Prevail in Penalty Thriller, End Ronaldo’s European Championship Dream

A big quarter-final match at the Volksparkstadion, Hamburg witnessed Portugal losing to Kylian Mbappé’s France in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout. The match was a repeat of the Euro 2016 final and ended goalless after 120 minutes of barren football, thereby setting up an exciting climax.

A Clash of Titans

It was much anticipated as these were two pre-tournament favorites. However, both sides have struggled to find their rhythm earlier on. Portugal had not scored any goals in their last two group matches against Georgia and Slovenia after winning the first two. Also inconsistent although showing sparks of brilliance were France.

First Half: A Cagey Affair

The first half was well contested with both teams prioritizing their defense. Diego Costa made important saves from Portugal’s strike force; Kolo Muani and Mbappé for France. Nevertheless, despite controlling possession and creating better chances than their rivals, they went into half time level with no goals each.

Second Half: Desperation Sets In

In the second half both teams stepped up their hunt for a goal. Portugal began coming into the game with Rafael Leão threatening on the wings. But France also continued to be dangerous on counterattacks through Camavinga and Mbappe always lurking around waiting for good chance to score goals. As time wore down though neither side could break the deadlock thus taking us to extra time.

Extra Time: No Breakthrough

During the additional thirty minutes it remained frustrating for either side involved in it for that long as none could make any steps towards scoring a goal which could decide this game or sending it into penalty shoot outs if they fail to do so. Players were visibly tired hence heading towards penalty kicks.

Penalty Shootout: Drama Unfolds

Both sides converted their first kicks of the tie before Portugal’s Joao Felix hit a post with his side’s third kick. On the other hand, France were perfect on penalty kicks and their victory was confirmed by Theo Hernandez who precisely guided his shot straight into the top corner.

End of an Era for Ronaldo

This defeat brings Cristiano Ronaldo’s Euro 2024 campaign to an end, which is believed to be his last European Championship. Having shown emotions after the final whistle blew down, Portuguese idol cannot have any other feeling but disappointed.

France’s Semi-Final Showdown

However, France will now take on Spain in a highly anticipated semi-final clash. The Spanish team had earlier eliminated Germany hosts following another dramatic quarter-final encounter.

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Euro 2024: A Tournament of Drama and Upsets

The tournament has already witnessed some surprises as well as upsets. There is more drama and excitement to come in the knockout stages as teams vie for Europe’s most prestigious prize. Keep watching for updates and analysis on this exciting tournament.