Cautious France Hand Knockout blow to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal as the French Win on Penalties

Penalties proved to be the deciding factor between Portugal and France, who battled it out in a furious encounter for more than 120 minutes. Having failed to find the back of the net, both nations looked happy enough heading into the penalty shootout, where the French produced an exemplary display of their prowess, netting all five of their spot kicks and winning 5-3.

It was quite unpleasant viewing, especially for the fans. Chances were few and far between between the two sides, and even when a chance did arise, the finish was far beyond expectations. The elimination of Portugal marks the end for some legends of Portuguese football while it also promises the beginning for several upcoming talents.

Conservative approach by both coaches

Didier Deschamps and Roberto Martinez are two international managers famous for their pragmatic approach to games. Free-flowing, fluid and attacking football are characteristics certainly not associated with the two. From the time the starting whistle was blown, France and Portugal never looked like taking the initiative to play a sprawling contest.

It is difficult to argue with the preferences of the two coaches, considering their achievements over the years. Knockout football rarely requires teams to be dominant or entertaining, when being sufficiently clinical and mentally strong are the two most important traits. The supporters, meanwhile, were disappointed with the outlook of the two bosses considering the talent at their disposal.

The end of the road in international soccer for Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has signaled that the current European Championship will be his last and was determined to make it a memorable one. The Euro 2024 must have been a rollercoaster side for the legend as for the first time in his career, he did not score a goal in a major international tournament. Ronaldo’s role as the mentor of wonders, however, was crucial in taking Portugal to the quarter-finals.

His teammates did everything in their power to ensure a glorious run in Germany for Portugal. The former Real Madrid man himself will be disappointed with his performances and will feel that now is the right time to hang up his boots at international level. The potential in the first line of Portugal will make the task easier for Ronaldo to pass the baton to the next generation.

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