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Portugal v Slovenia LIVE: Euro 2024 team news and build-up to the round of 16 in Frankfurt

Portugal v Slovenia LIVE: Euro 2024 team news and build-up to the round of 16 in Frankfurt

German fans sing You’ll Never Walk Alone before Euro 2024 match

Portugal will face Slovenia in the round of 16 of Euro 2024. Cristiano Ronaldo hopes to open a ticket and lead the Seleção to the quarter-finals.

Roberto Martinez’s side are among the favourites in Germany, with the winner of this thrilling clash in Dusseldorf set for a last-eight tie with either France or Belgium. The Selecao will need to bounce back from a shock defeat to Georgia in their final group stage match, but having rested most of his strongest XI, Martinez can call upon a fresh and talented group here, with Ronaldo still finding his best form of the tournament.

Slovenia wriggled through England’s group to finish in third place, with the firepower of Red Bull Salzburg forward Benjamin Sesko.

Follow all the preparations and team news from Portugal – Slovenia in Frankfurt below.

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Georgia’s defeat keeps Portugal ‘on edge’

Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes said the defeat to Georgia has put Portugal “on edge” ahead of tonight’s round of 16 clash with Slovenia.

“We don’t have much time to think about what was. We have to think about what will be,” Fernandes said, “We respect every opponent.

“This (Slovenian) team has very relevant names, high-quality players – we have a lot of respect for them. After the negative results, people tend to focus on the negative aspects, but that’s how football works.”

Mike JonesJuly 1, 2024 6:47 PM

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Portugal v Slovenia

Portugal won Group F despite a 2-0 defeat to Georgia in their final group match after coach Roberto Martinez made a host of changes.

They reached at least the quarter-finals in five of their last six European Championships, including victory in 2016.

But Slovenia won 2-0 in a friendly match in March, ending Portugal’s run of 11 straight victories.

Mike JansenJuly 1, 2024 6:40 PM

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Gareth Southgate’s straitjacket suffocates England again – but there’s one lesson to be learned

Gareth Southgate had just a minute left in his reign, with time ticking away after a disappointing tournament that looked set to mark a demoralising end to the second-best period for an English manager.

Until Bellingham insisted that he had the combination of talent, technique and temperament to offer the promise of greatness. There were reasons for Southgate to replace him: he had been booked for a rash swipe at Lukas Haraslin, he had been unwise enough to put his hands on the referee. He had endured a poor game.

Mike JansenJuly 1, 2024 6:33 PM

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Southgate on how to improve England’s performance

“You build on the spirit they showed, the belief they learned from that,” Gareth Southgate said after England’s 2-1 win over Slovakia.

“We are not naive either. We are going to play against a team (Switzerland) that looks excellent, not only in this tournament, but also for a while. That will be a big tactical challenge for us.

“We know that the level of our game needs to be higher, but there was a spirit and a togetherness that kept growing.

“We’ve had a lot of problems to solve during the whole build-up to the camp, during the tournament. We put a band-aid on different things and give young players opportunities. We find a way somehow.

“I can imagine how everyone will react to this, even though we won. But we are still in it and the one thing that cannot be questioned is the desire, the dedication, the character.”

Mike JonesJuly 1, 2024 6:26 PM

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Switzerland will pose ‘major tactical challenge’ for England – Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate knows failure is possible but an energetic England side must play better if they are to have any chance of beating “excellent” Switzerland in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024 on Saturday.

The match is scheduled for Düsseldorf after Jude Bellingham equalised in the 95th minute against wily Slovakia on Sunday, before Harry Kane secured a 2-1 victory in extra time.

England needed just seconds to end the tournament in humiliating fashion, but under Southgate they still reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the fourth time in a row.

Mike JonesJuly 1, 2024 6:19 PM

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How Southgate hopes the lessons of 1966 can inspire success at Euro 2024

He looks to the past for inspiration and lessons. If 1966 has become a profitable nostalgia industry, it is so long ago that many of England’s players’ parents were not yet born. They could be forgiven for not knowing all the details.

At St George’s Park, before England travelled to Germany, Southgate turned back time. “We showed the players a presentation about 1966 and how Geoff Hurst had only played in the quarter-final.”

Hurst was the hero in the final with his hat-trick. And while that hardly needs explaining, some of Southgate’s supporters may not know that a man who had become immortal started the 1966 World Cup with just one international goal to his name.

Mike JonesJuly 1, 2024 6:11 PM

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Jude Bellingham faces possible suspension over gesture to crowd during England’s Euro 2024 victory

Jude Bellingham faces a ban from Euro 2024 after UEFA launched an investigation into a gesture he made as he celebrated a spectacular bicycle kick against Slovakia in the round of 16 on Sunday.

Following his goal, Bellingham was seen shouting “Who else?!” as he ran towards the England fans after scoring. Video footage showed the Real Madrid forward then kissing his hand and grabbing his crotch in a gesture that appeared to be aimed towards the side of the pitch.

Mike JonesJuly 1, 2024 6:04 PM

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Portugal v Slovenia

Slovenia and Denmark became the second and third countries to draw all three group matches at a European Championship.

The first team to achieve this was Portugal, who were on their way to winning Euro 2016.

Mike JonesJuly 1, 2024 5:57 PM

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Portugal have qualified through the group stage in all nine European Championship campaigns.

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Mike JonesJuly 1, 2024 5:50 PM

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More from Adam Gnezda Cerin

“We are prepared for Portugal,” said Gnezda Cerin. “They are a very, very talented team and they can cause you problems anywhere on the pitch.”

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Mike JonesJuly 1, 2024 5:44 PM