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France Defeat Portugal on Penalties to Reach Euro 2024 Semi-Finals

France advanced to the Euro 2024 semi-finals after defeating Portugal 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in regular and extra time. Defender Theo Hernandez scored the decisive spot-kick in the shootout.

Both teams struggled to break through strong defenses, with notable chances few and far between. The match’s first significant opportunities came over an hour in when French goalkeeper Mike Maignan made crucial saves against Bruno Fernandes and Vitinha. Substitute Ousmane Dembele added pressure for France, finding Eduardo Camavinga, who shot wide.

In extra time, Portugal’s Joao Felix had a golden opportunity to win the match but hit the side-netting and later struck the post with his penalty kick. France were flawless from the spot, with Hernandez, Bradley Barcola, Jules Kounde, Youssouf Fofana, and Ousmane Dembele all converting their penalties.

Player of the match William Saliba was instrumental in keeping the French defense solid, leaving Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo with limited opportunities. This match marked another strong defensive performance for France, who have conceded just one goal in five Euro 2024 matches.

France will face Spain in the semi-finals, following Spain’s 2-1 extra-time victory over Germany.

Key Points:

  • Result: France 0-0 Portugal (AET, France win 5-3 on penalties)
  • Decisive Moment: Theo Hernandez scored the winning penalty.
  • Notable Performances: Mike Maignan’s key saves, William Saliba’s defensive strength.
  • Next Match: France vs. Spain in the semi-finals.

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