In their Euro 2020 group match‚ Portugal survived a late Turkey scare with a 1-0 win‚ a result which they deservedly deserved. The home side looked comfortable early on but they were unlucky to concede after a close call from Bruno Fernandes on the 65th minute. Although the game had been a one-sided affair for most of the game‚ there were a few worrying moments. During the final quarter‚ a few shaky moments for the hosts. In the 66th minute‚ a scuffed ball from Otavio by Pepe from the edge of the box forced a save from Diogo Costa. In the 85th minute‚ Otavio's penalty was awarded after a pitch-side review. After a tense first half‚ Portugal seemed to be heading for a win. Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Costa had both netted for the visitors‚ but Turkey had a late scare when their team allowed a penalty. The penalty was controversially awarded after a pitchside review‚ but Yilmaz missed it. Thankfully‚ Jota equalised for the Portuguese in stoppage time and the side will now face North Macedonia in the play-off final on Tuesday. With a 2-1 lead‚ Portugal are in the driving seat. In the 70th minute‚ a late tackle by Kerem Akturkoglu forces a penalty for the Turkish team. After this‚ Otavio headed wide from a free-kick from an offside position but the penalty was saved. A second half restart sees both sides making changes. In the 80th minute‚ Jota and Enes Unal were brought on for the injured Kokcu and Celik. Despite the late Turkey scare‚ Portugal's star Cristiano Ronaldo sent a message to the Portugal fans. It was a tense final‚ but they have qualified for the quarterfinals and will now face Italy in the next round. In the last round‚ Portugal beat Germany. The result was a relief for the Portuguese fans. After all‚ the game was one of the most important matches in the group. The result was a shocker for Portugal. Despite a sloppy first half‚ the hosts were dominant in the final 30 minutes and dominated the opening exchanges. A brilliant free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo and a penalty from Diogo Jota put Portugal on the right track to the World Cup. However‚ the late Turkey scare was enough to keep the Portuguese in the tournament. While Portugal fought back‚ the result was not in their favour. Burak Yilmaz's penalty in the 84th minute came after Jose Fonte had been penalised for kicking Enes Unal's foot. The goal had been awarded‚ but it was still an unlikely victory for the hosts.
Despite the late Turkey scare‚ they stayed in the tournament and progress to the quarter-finals. The game was a great example of a late comeback. In the second half‚ Portugal had a chance to take the lead but a defender's header had to be cleared by the defence to prevent the Turkey goal. Ultimately‚ both teams made substitutions and a sloppy defensive display meant that both teams were forced to defend their lead. In the fourth half‚ it was a matter of time before the game was settled. A penalty from Burak Yilmaz gave the visitors a chance to go ahead. The defender seized on a loose ball in the box and headed home to score. The second half was more of a struggle‚ but Portugal survived the late Turkish scare to advance to the semifinals. In the fifth‚ the visitors are eliminated. The match is now set for the final. The final will be played on Saturday. A late Turkey penalty gave the home side the chance to win. The home side led 2-0 early on before Burak Yilmaz scored on the 65th minute. In stoppage time‚ they were awarded a penalty after a pitchside review cited a foul on Enes Unal. The goalkeeper scuffed the spot kick. But Matheus Nunes' late strike was enough to secure the win.
The last time Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal went to the WC play-offs, Cristiano single handedly carried Portugal passed Sweden with a hattrick at the age of 28.🐐 Portugal plays Turkey tomorrow.
Now he has to do it at the age of 37.. pic.twitter.com/z80VbYDuGR — YM 𓃵 (@MJason020) March 23, 2022