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Fernandes stars on birthday as Portugal triumphs in Slovakia

Bruno Fernandes scores on his 29th birthday to secure Portugal's fifth consecutive win in Euro 2024 qualifying.

In a thrilling match on Friday (Sep 8), Bruno Fernandes led Portugal to their fifth consecutive victory in Euro 2024 qualifying, securing a 1-0 win against Slovakia in Bratislava. The victory was made even more special as Fernandes celebrated his 29th birthday with a goal. Portugal's dominance in Group J continued, as they have yet to concede a goal and have scored a total of 15. They now sit comfortably at the top of the group, five points ahead of Slovakia, who suffered their first defeat.

Fernandes expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance, stating, "We knew it would be a challenging game, but we managed to find a way to break through. We needed to control the ball more and be patient." Portugal's coach, Roberto Martinez, faced a defensive challenge with veteran Pepe injured. However, he made a bold decision by selecting 19-year-old Antonio Silva from Benfica to partner with Ruben Dias at the center of defense.

Cristiano Ronaldo, playing in his 201st appearance for Portugal at the age of 38, was unable to add to his record-breaking 850 career goals on this occasion. Despite having a few opportunities, including a saved shot by Martin Dubravka, Ronaldo was unable to find the back of the net. However, it was Fernandes who ultimately sealed the victory for Portugal, scoring his third goal of the qualifying campaign from a tight angle into the far corner.

The first half of the match was tense, with Slovakia putting up a strong defensive front. They even came close to taking the lead when Lukas Haraslin's powerful strike brushed the outside of the near post. However, it was Fernandes' goal just before halftime that gave Portugal the advantage.

Ronaldo had a chance to double Portugal's lead in the second half but missed the target. He then received a yellow card for a challenge on Dubravka while attempting to score from a loose ball. Unfortunately for Ronaldo, this means he will be suspended for Portugal's next game against Luxembourg.

Despite Ronaldo's missed opportunities, Portugal held on to secure the win. Fernandes emphasized the team's focus on the next game and their determination to win every match. With their impressive performance in Euro 2024 qualifying, Portugal is confident in their ability to secure a spot in the tournament.

In conclusion, Bruno Fernandes' birthday goal secured Portugal's fifth consecutive victory in Euro 2024 qualifying. Their unbeaten run in Group J continues, with 15 goals scored and none conceded. Despite Cristiano Ronaldo's missed chances, Portugal managed to overcome Slovakia and maintain their position at the top of the group. The team's focus now shifts to their next game against Luxembourg, where they aim to continue their winning streak and secure their place in the Euros.

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