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RONALDO’S MISSED PENALTY SPARKED A ROLLER COASTER OF EMOTIONS.

Portugal bagged a crucial win after Ronaldo's missed penalty.
As Portugal prepares for a high-stakes encounter with France, the memory of Ronaldo's missed penalty and subsequent redemption will undoubtedly linger as a testament to the unpredictable and exhilarating nature of football.

In a night that epitomized the drama of football, Cristiano Ronaldo experienced both heartbreak and redemption in Portugal’s nerve-wracking Euro 2024 last-16 clash against Slovenia. The match in Frankfurt remained goalless through regular and extra time, leading to a tension-filled penalty shootout where Portugal emerged victorious, thanks to the heroics of their goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
The game’s most poignant moment came in the first period of extra time when Ronaldo, the iconic Portuguese forward, missed a crucial penalty. The miss left him visibly distraught, tears streaming down his face as he grappled with the weight of the moment. Slovenia’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a stunning save, denying Ronaldo after Diogo Jota was fouled and keeping Slovenia’s hopes alive.

Speaking about the missed penalty, Ronaldo said, “As you saw, I missed the penalty, but I wanted to be the first to score in the shootout because you have to take responsibility when the team has to. You can’t be afraid; I’ve never been afraid to face things head-on; sometimes I get it right, sometimes I don’t, but giving up is something you’ll never hear from my name.”

Despite the setback, Ronaldo showed his resilience by stepping up first in the shootout. His successful conversion set the tone for Portugal, who then saw Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva also find the net. Slovenia, in stark contrast, faltered under the pressure, missing all three of their attempts. Costa’s outstanding performance between the posts, saving three penalties, secured Portugal’s 3-0 victory in the shootout and booked their place in the quarter-finals against France.

Reflecting on the match, Ronaldo captured the duality of emotions inherent in football. “First it was sadness, and then it was joy; that’s what football gives you, inexplicable moments, a bit of everything. I didn’t make a single mistake this year, and when I needed something the most, Jan Oblak saved it,” he remarked.

Ronaldo also addressed the personal significance of the match, confirming that Euro 2024 will be his last. “Without a doubt, it’s the last Euro for me, of course it is. But I’m not emotional about that. I’m moved by everything that football entails, by the enthusiasm I have for the game, the enthusiasm I see in the fans, having my family here, and people’s passion. it’s not about leaving the world of football. What else is there for me to do or win?” he stated.

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