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    Cristiano Ronaldo’s European dreams end in penalty heartbreak for Portugal against France


    Ronaldo's dreams of Euro glory end in penalty heartache

    Football fans across the globe witnessed heavyweight titans Portugal and France lock horns in a dramatic quarter-final clash at Euro 2024. The memorable matchup went down to the wire, culminating in a nail-biting penalty shootout where the Portuguese hopes of lifting the trophy were dashed.

    Captaining Portugal in what he had declared as his swansong tournament, the venerable Cristiano Ronaldo was aiming to add a second European championship win eight years after the memorable triumph of 2016. However, it was not to be for the 37 year old who has etched his name in the history books as one of the games greatest ever players.

    After a tightly contested 120 minutes ended goalless, the fate of both teams would be decided from the spot. Ronaldo calmly rolled in Portugal's first penalty to raise hopes of prolonging his career on the biggest stage. But a missed kick from Joao Felix off the post swung the shootout in France's favor, condemning the Portuguese to defeat.

    The loss brought Ronaldo's iconic career to a emotional close. Visibly distraught after the final whistle, he was consoled by teammate and former centre back Pepe. While the talismanic Mbappe was substituted as a precaution by France due to a facial injury, their gamble in the shootout paid off advancing them to a semi final clash with Spain.

    Capping his indelible mark on European football, Ronaldo departs having thrilled fans with his magic on the games biggest stages. While the evergreen legend won't get to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy for a second time, his legacy as one of the games immortals is assured.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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