Euro 2024: Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa sets record with shootout heroics in last 16 game against Slovenia

Diogo Costa played a pivotal role in Portugal’s narrow penalty shootout victory over Slovenia, securing a spot in the quarter-finals against France.

Despite 120 minutes of intense play on the evening of July 1, neither team managed to score during regulation time.

Cristiano Ronaldo had a chance to score during extra time, but his penalty was saved by Jan Oblak. Similarly, Benjamin Sesko missed a crucial opportunity for Slovenia when he failed to get past the goalkeeper.

The match went to penalties, where Costa’s performance was outstanding. The FC Porto goalkeeper saved attempts from Josip Ilicic, Jure Balkovec, and Benjamin Verbic.

Ronaldo redeemed himself by successfully converting his penalty in the shootout, along with successful strikes from Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva, securing the win for Portugal.

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According to ESPN, Costa made history as the first goalkeeper to save three penalties in a Euro shootout, with Ronaldo expressing profound gratitude for his teammate’s crucial contributions.

Near the end of the first half of extra time, Ronaldo had a golden opportunity to break his goal-scoring drought when referee Daniele Orsato awarded Portugal a penalty.

However, the usually reliable Ronaldo saw his shot saved by the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper, who correctly dived to block the veteran forward’s effort, as reported by Givemesport.

The missed opportunity left Ronaldo visibly upset, almost in tears, and his Portugal teammates were seen consoling him after the incident.

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