Euro 2024.. Spain to the golden square through the Germans

France beat Portugal 5-3 on penalties after a goalless draw after extra time on Friday in the quarter-finals of the European Football Championship.

France will meet Spain, who beat Germany 2-1 after extra time earlier, on Tuesday in Munich.

Joao Felix was the only player to miss his attempt when it hit the post.

Both Eduardo Camavinga and Randal Kolo Muani made their first start, the former replacing suspended Adrien Rabiot for card accumulation and the latter replacing Marcus Thuram in the forward line.

In contrast, Portugal’s Spanish coach, Roberto Martinez, did not make any changes to the lineup that played the last match against Slovenia, which Portugal won on penalties thanks to the brilliance of its goalkeeper, Diogo Costa, who saved three attempts.

The Portuguese had the upper hand at the start of the match, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s squad took the initiative to attack, especially on the left wing, Rafael Leao, but without any real danger to Mike Maignan’s goal.

France’s first chance came when Theo Hernandez fired a powerful left-footed shot from outside the area, which Costa blocked with both fists and fell in front of N’Golo Kante, but Ruben Dias was quicker to clear the ball (20).

Then the game calmed down in the last twenty minutes without any significant danger to the goals.

At the beginning of the second half, Mbappe fired a curling ball into the hands of the Portuguese goalkeeper (48).

The Portuguese team responded with Bruno Fernandes facing Maignan, but the latter brilliantly blocked his attempt (61), and immediately after that with a left-footed shot by Joao Cancelo that went just over the bar.

Maignan intervened once again to save his goal from a certain goal when Leao passed a cross to the unmarked Vitinha, but Maignan brilliantly blocked his attempt (63).

Kolo Muani wasted an easy opportunity when he was one-on-one with the Portuguese goalkeeper and shot towards the goal, but Joao Cancelo cleared the ball at the last moment (66).

The French team had the upper hand, and Ousmane Dembele, who came on as a substitute in the middle of the second half, fired a curling ball that touched the corner of the crossbar and the post and went out (73).

The tie remained in control until the end of time before the two teams went into extra time, during which Ronaldo had a good opportunity after an individual effort by substitute Francisco Conceicao, but he did not deal with it well from close range (92).

Portugal had a chance in the last seconds against Nuno Mendes, but he shot weakly into the hands of the French goalkeeper.

Ironically, when the two teams meet in the knockout stages, the winner always wins the title. This happened in the 2016 final when Portugal beat France 1-0 in extra time in Paris, and before that in the 1984 semi-final when France’s inspirational captain Michel Platini scored the winning goal at the end of extra time (3-2) on his way to giving France its first title, and then when Zinedine Zidane scored a golden goal from a penalty (2-1) in the 2000 semi-final.

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