Publish dateSaturday 6 July 2024 - 13:40
Story Code : 293083
France zero (5) - Portugal zero (3): Ronaldo
Portugal's national football team lost to France and Cristiano Ronaldo played for the last time in the European Cup with a bitter memory.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA): In the second match of the quarter-finals of Euro 2024, Portugal and France lined up against each other last night (Friday). Finally, after 120 minutes of effort, the two teams reached a scoreless draw and it was time for penalty kicks to determine the winner of the game.

The first penalty kick was converted by Ousmane Dembele and then Cristiano Ronaldo managed to convert his penalty kick into a goal for Portugal. Ronaldo, who had scored his team's first penalty in the game against Slovenia, managed to convert his shot into a goal with full confidence and composure.

As in the previous game, Ronaldo was not lucky to witness his team's superiority, and apart from Diego Costa failing to save a single penalty shot, Joao Felix's shot also hit the post, and Portugal scored -5 after Teo Hernandez's shot. 3 to fail.

Immediately after the brief display of joy from the French players, the camera panned to Cristiano's face as he tried to contain his frustration and show his expression unchanged.

Ronaldo was standing alone and looking at the scoreboard from the middle of the field, where his image was displayed. He didn't have a chance to be upset and noticed Pepe's distress, he went to him and comforted his old teammate.

Portugal's captain left the field very soon and went to the dressing room without talking to reporters.

This is how the last game of the Portuguese superstar in Euro 2024 ended. In fact, this was Ronaldo's last appearance in the European Nations Cup and now it seems unlikely that this legend of the football world will continue his professional activity at the age of 39.

The competition hosted by Germany was the sixth experience of Portugal's inexhaustible man in the Euro tournament. His best achievement was winning the title in 2016, which was achieved by defeating France in the final.

His first experience at the Euros ended with a runner-up finish in 2004. Ronaldo's teammates lost 1-0 to Greece in the final and did not win the trophy. This star scored two goals in 6 games in those competitions.

In 2008, Portugal reached the quarter-finals, where they lost 3-2 to Germany. Ronaldo managed to score one goal in three games in that game.

Ronaldo and his team lost on penalties in the semi-finals of Euro 2012 against Spain and failed to advance to the next round. In this tournament, number 7 Portugal managed to score three goals in five games.

In 2016, when Portugal reached the final, Ronaldo's injury did not allow this player to be on the field until the end, but he created interesting moments on the side of the field and pointed out technical points to his teammates until they won in extra time with Eder's goal. Ronaldo scored three goals in seven games in that cup.

Ronaldo's best personal statistics were achieved in Euro 2020, but his team withdrew from the competition very soon. Portugal lost 1-0 to Belgium in the round of 16 and was eliminated. In that period, Ronaldo won the title of the best scorer of the cup jointly with Patrick Schick with 5 goals.

Euro 2024 also ended for him with this painful defeat against France in the quarter-finals. If Felix's penalty kick did not hit the post, perhaps the last appearance of this amazing man in the European Nations Cup competition would have been different.

Ronaldo's name will remain in Euro history for a long time. Although he did not manage to score any goals in this tournament, but with 14 goals, he is still considered the best scorer of the Euro era. His closest pursuer among current European players is Antoine Griezmann, who has scored 7 goals.
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