Portugal’s soccer team, led by their new manager Roberto Martinez, has achieved a remarkable feat by winning their fifth consecutive match in the Euro 2024 qualifiers. They secured this impressive victory with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Slovakia, who are also competing in Group J.
Thanks to this victory, Martinez’s team has now increased their lead at the top of the group to a comfortable five-point margin ahead of Slovakia. This puts them in a strong position to qualify for the Euro 2024 tournament in Germany next summer and be part of the exciting event.
On a night where both teams had limited opportunities, Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes scored an excellent winning goal shortly before halftime.
Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t manage to score, and there was a moment when he was lucky not to receive a red card for a disagreement with Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubrvaka towards the end of the game.
Slovakia vs Portugal final score
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Slovakia (4-3-3): Martin Dubravka (GK) — Peter Pekarik, Milan Skriniar, Denis Vavro, David Hankco — Juraj Kucka (Benes, 75), Stanislav Lobotka (Hrosovsky, 83) , Ondrej Duda — Lukas Haraslin (Duris, 83), Robert Polievka (Bozenik, 63), Ivan Schranz (Suslov, 63)
Portugal (4-3-3): Diogo Costa (GK) — Diogo Dalot, Ruben Dias, Antonio Silva, Joao Cancelo (Semedo, 63) — Bruno Fernandes, Joao Palhinha, Bernardo Silva — Cristiano Ronaldo, Vitinha (Otavio, 63), Rafael Leao (Neto, 63)
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FULL TIME: SLOVAKIA 0 PORTUGAL 1
Portugal didn’t deliver their best performance, but they’ve managed to secure five wins out of five in the Euro 2024 qualifiers in 2023. This puts them in a strong position to secure a spot in Germany next summer.
At the 85-minute mark, Slovakia is making more substitutions for the final minutes, but it appears that the game is tilting in Portugal’s favor.
77 mins: RONALDOOOOO……NO
It seemed like that was the opportunity Ronaldo had been eagerly awaiting, as he took a quick shot that was blocked by Dubravka. However, the play was called offside, and the chance was denied
73 mins: WHAT A CHANCE FOR SLOVAKIA!
The home team had their best opportunity of the night when they sent a free kick into the Portugal penalty area, and their captain Milan Skriniar narrowly headed the ball just over the crossbar
65 mins: Ronaldo has been relatively quiet throughout the game, but he received a yellow card for a challenge on Dubravaka while attempting to reach a loose ball in the penalty area. It was a tough challenge for the Newcastle goalkeeper.
As Portugal searches for a second goal, Martinez makes a double substitution, bringing on Pedro Neto and Nelson Semedo for Leao and Cancelo. Otavio also enters the attack, replacing Vitinha.
In the 58th minute, Joao Cancelo takes a shot at goal, but Dubravaka makes a solid save to deny Barcelona’s recent signing. Meanwhile, Pekarik’s long-range attempt is thwarted by Costa as Slovakia continues to press for an equalizer.
At the 50-minute mark, neither side has made any changes at halftime. However, there are some interesting score updates from elsewhere in Group J. Luxembourg is leading Iceland 1-0, and Bosnia and Herzegovina is ahead 2-1 in their match against Liechtenstein. This means that Portugal is currently extending their lead at the top of the group by five points.
46 mins: BACK UNDERWAY
Fernandes’ goal is what separates the two teams as we kick off the second half in Bratislava!
HALF TIME: SLOVAKIA 0 PORTUGAL 1
Portugal capitalized on their one opportunity with a goal, and interestingly, it was a creation from Manchester!
Fernandes made an impressive and unstoppable run that the Slovakia defense couldn’t halt, and he confidently scored his third goal in the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign
43 minutes in, and Portugal is ahead 1-0! It happened seemingly out of nowhere.
Lukas Haraslin’s curling shot grazed Costa’s post, and Portugal quickly turned the tables. Bernardo Silva played a crucial pass to set up Fernandes on the right wing. The Manchester United playmaker skillfully evaded two Slovakia defenders and confidently scored past Dubravaka!
40 mins: Frustration is beginning to build for Portugal as Vitinha is penalized for a foul, allowing Slovakia to reset
35 mins:The first yellow card of the evening is shown as Ivan Schranz is booked for a foul
30 mins:We’re thirty minutes into the match, and there hasn’t been much indication of a breakthrough yet, as the top two teams in Group J battle it out
25 mins:Slovakia will be content with the first quarter of the match, as Portugal is finding it challenging to establish a fluent attack
17 mins:Both teams have had half-chances from distance as Slovakia’s Robert Polievka tested Diogo Costa, and Bruno Fernandes’ shot was blocked by Martin Dubravka
10 mins:The match in Bratislava has had a fairly even start, but there was a brief pause in play due to a high-intensity collision between Rafael Leao and Peter Pekarik
Kick-off: The match has begun in Bratislava!
30 mins to KO: Joao Palhinha, who plays for Fulham, is anchoring the Portugal midfield tonight, despite missing out on a summer transfer to Bayern Munich.
Most tackles made across Europe's top seven leagues since the start of 2022/23:— Squawka (@Squawka) August 30, 2023
154 – João Palhinha
138 – Benjamin André
130 – Manuel Ugarte
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Team news has been released, and we’re just one hour away from kick-off!
As expected, Ronaldo leads Portugal as their captain. Manager Martinez has put together a starting XI with a significant Premier League presence, featuring five players who currently play in England.
With just an hour and thirty minutes left until kick-off, the question on everyone’s mind is whether tonight will be another big night for Ronaldo?
With two hours remaining until kick-off, all eyes will be on Ronaldo as he aims to further solidify his status as the all-time leading goalscorer and appearance-maker in men’s international football. With 123 goals in 200 games, he continues to be a crucial figure for Portugal.
Slovakia vs Portugal lineups
Paris Saint-Germain defender Milan Skriniar is the captain for the hosts, but their attacking options are limited following the retirement of Marek Hamsik from international duty.
Slovakia’s projected lineup in a 4-3-3 formation from right to left:
- Goalkeeper: Dubravka
- Defenders: Pekarik, Skriniar, Vavro, Hankco
- Midfielders: Kucka, Lobotka, Duda
- Forwards: Haraslin, Polievka, Schranz
Ronaldo will lead Portugal in his 201st international appearance, with the Al Nassr forward aiming to continue his goalscoring streak in 2023.
Portugal’s lineup in a 4-3-3 formation from right to left:
- Goalkeeper: Costa
- Defenders: Dalot, Dias, A. Silva, Cancelo
- Midfielders: Fernandes, Palhinha, B. Silva
- Forwards: Ronaldo, Vitinha, Leao
These are the projected lineups for the match.
Slovakia vs Portugal live stream, TV channel
Certainly! Here’s the information for watching the Slovakia vs. Portugal Euro 2024 qualifying match:
Date and Time: The match is scheduled to kick off at 8:45 p.m. local time.
Location: Tehelne Pole Stadium in Bratislava, Slovakia.
TV Channels and Live Streams by Region:
- In the United Kingdom: Check with Sky Sports or BT Sport.
- In Portugal: RTP or Sport TV.
- In Slovakia: Check with RTVS.
- In the United States: Check with networks like ESPN, FOX Sports, or streaming platforms like ESPN+.
- In Brazil: Check with networks like Globo or SporTV.
- In India: Check with channels like Sony Ten or streaming platforms like SonyLIV.
- In China: Check with local sports networks or streaming platforms.
- In Japan: Check with channels like DAZN or streaming platforms.
- Availability may vary by country, so check with local broadcasters.
- Please note that broadcast rights can change, and regional availability may vary, so it’s a good idea to check with your local TV listings or streaming services for the most up-to-date information on where to watch the match in your area.
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UK: This match is available for broadcast and streaming via Viaplay Sports services.
USA: This game can be streamed via Fubo, with Spanish language options available in Spanish on ViX.
Canada: All Euro 2024 qualifiers are available for streaming via DAZN.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
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