SVN 2 - 0 PORRonaldo’s Portugal Suffers First Defeat Since the Arrival of Coach Roberto Martinez

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal suffered an unexpected setback, falling 2-0 to Slovenia in a Euro 2024 friendly clash in Ljubljana. This unexpected loss marked Portugal’s first defeat since the arrival of coach Roberto Martinez, who had previously clinched eleven consecutive victories.

“After the 5-2 win over Sweden, we were confident, but Slovenia played exceptionally well,” remarked a disappointed Ronaldo.

Despite Ronaldo’s return to the lineup, Portugal felt the absence of key playmakers Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva, contributing to their downfall.

Slovenia, also gearing up for Euro 2024, capitalized on their opportunity, with Adam Gnezda Cerin opening the scoring in the 72nd minute, followed by Timi Elsnik doubling the lead eight minutes later.

Portugal, known for its formidable record of ten wins in ten matches during qualifiers, now faces a period of fine-tuning in preparation for the Euros. Their upcoming friendlies against Finland, Republic of Ireland, and Croatia will serve as crucial preparation.

In the Euro 2024 tournament, Portugal finds itself in a challenging group alongside Turkey, the Czech Republic, and Georgia. Meanwhile, Slovenia braces for tough competition against England, Denmark, and Serbia in their group stage matches.

As Portugal and Slovenia continue their preparations, the stage is set for an electrifying Euro 2024 tournament, promising unpredictable outcomes and fierce competition on the field.


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