Bruno Fernandes scored the only goal of the game as Portugal edged Slovakia 1-0 in their Euro 2024 qualifying match on Friday.
The victory extended Portugal’s winning run to five matches in the qualifying campaign, and they now sit top of Group A with 15 points from six games.
Fernandes scored the decisive goal in the 54th minute, firing home from close range after a cross from Diogo Jota.
Portugal had several other chances to score, but they were denied by some good saves from Slovakia goalkeeper Dominik Greif.
Slovakia created some chances of their own, but they were unable to find a way past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
The result was a fair reflection of the game, with Portugal the better team but Slovakia making them work hard for the win.
Portugal’s next match in the qualifying campaign is against the Republic of Ireland on September 24.
Key Talking Points
- Bruno Fernandes’ goal was his fifth in his last six international appearances.
- Portugal have now won their last five matches in all competitions.
- Slovakia had not lost at home in Euro 2024 qualifying before this match.
- Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio made a number of important saves to keep Slovakia out.
Portugal will be looking to continue their winning run when they face the Republic of Ireland in their next match.
Slovakia will need to bounce back from this defeat when they take on Azerbaijan.
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