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  • Updated: June 18, 2024

Euro 2024: Portugal scores late winner to defeat resilient Czech Republic

Euro 2024: Portugal scores late winner to defeat resilient

Portuguese youngster, Francisco Conceicao, scored a late winner to save the blushes of a nation as Portugal fought back from a goal down to beat Czech Republic in their Euro 2024 opener in Leipzig Tuesday evening.

 

Roberto Martinez’s side are one of the tournament favourites with a squad stacked with world class talents after winning every game during qualifying, but they left it late to see off their dogged opponents.

The Czech Republic were ultra defensive in their own half but stunned Portugal when Lukas Provod's second-half strike flew into the far corner.

But the Eastern Europeans' hopes of victory were dashed soon after as goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek parried Nuno Mendes' header and the ball bounced off inadvertently off Robin Hranac and into the back of his own net.

Liverpool forward, Diogo Jota had a goal ruled out for offside late on, but Portugal were celebrating in stoppage time when Conceicao struck.

The goal ensured Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, marked his appearance at a record sixth European Championship with a memorable win.

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