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Heartbreak for Ronaldo as France edge Portugal on penalties

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Portugal’s Euro 2024 journey came to a dramatic end in Hamburg after a penalty shootout defeat to France.

Theo Hernandez converted the winning spot-kick after Joao Felix’s miss, sending Les Bleus through to the semi-finals.

This likely marks the final Euros appearance for Cristiano Ronaldo, who confirmed his retirement from the competition earlier this week. The 39-year-old captain couldn’t deliver the fairytale ending, missing a crucial chance in extra time.

Both Ronaldo and his French counterpart Kylian Mbappe were largely quiet throughout the match, with Mbappe forced off due to an injury in extra time. The game itself was a tense affair with few clear opportunities, with Portugal edging the chances.

However, penalties proved to be Portugal’s undoing for the second consecutive game. Despite overcoming Slovenia via a shootout, their luck ran out against France.

The victory sets up a mouthwatering semi-final clash between France and Spain in Munich on Tuesday.

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