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    Portugal looks to Regain Winning Form Against Slovenia in Euro 24 Round of 16

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    Portugal looks to Regain Winning Form Against Slovenia in Euro 24 Round of 16
    • June 30, 2024 • 21 days ago
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    Portugal and Slovenia will face off in the UEFA Euro 2024 round of 16, with Portugal seeking to regain their winning form after a surprise loss to Georgia, while Slovenia aims to continue their historic run in the tournament. Portugal's coach Roberto Martinez remains optimistic, while Slovenia's coach Matjaz Kek is proud of his team's achievement.

    The UEFA Euro 2024 round of 16 is set to witness an intriguing encounter between Portugal and Slovenia on Monday, July 1 at the Frankfurt Arena in Frankfurt.

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    The two teams have taken different paths to reach this stage, with Portugal's 12-game winning streak coming to an end against Georgia after they were defeated 2-0, while Slovenia has made history by reaching the knockout phase for the first time.

    Portugal's loss to Georgia was a surprise to many, but coach Roberto Martinez remains optimistic.

    "The defeat to Georgia was a perfect example of how difficult this tournament can be,

    " he said.

    "But we had already secured our place in the knockout phase, and it was an opportunity to give some players a rest."

    Roberto Martinez is confident that his team will learn from the experience and be better prepared for the challenges ahead.

    Slovenia, on the other hand, has been on a remarkable journey. Coach Matjaz Kek's team has drawn their last four EURO games, including a goalless stalemate against England.

    "I knew the boys would make it through,"

    Kek said.

    "We showed our value on the pitch, and I'm so proud of this team."

    Slovenia's achievement is historic, and they will be eager to make the most of their opportunity.

    The two teams have different strengths and weaknesses. Portugal boasts a talented squad with experience in major tournaments. Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, and Joao Cancelo are just a few of the stars who will be looking to make an impact. Slovenia, on the other hand, relies on their defensive solidity and the striking duo of Andraz Sporar and Benjamin Sesko.

    Goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who once played for Benfica, is familiar with some Portuguese footballers and will be crucial in Slovenia's defense.

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    Jan Oblak, the Slovenia Captain

    "We know Portugal has a lot of talent, but we also have our own strengths,"

    Oblak said.

    "We'll be ready for them."

    Coach Matjaz Kek is expected to stick to his preferred 4-4-2 formation, with Timi Max Elsnik and Adam Gnezda Cerin controlling the midfield.

    The match promises to be a thrilling encounter, with Portugal's attacking prowess facing off against Slovenia's defensive resilience. Will Portugal's stars shine bright, or will Slovenia's underdog spirit prevail? 


    Portugal possible starting lineup:
    Costa; Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Mendes; Vitinha, Palhinha, Fernandes; B. Silva, Ronaldo, Leao

    Slovenia possible starting lineup:
    Oblak; Karnicnik, Drkusic, Bijol, Balkovec; Stojanovic, Elsnik, Gnezda Cerin, Mlakar; Sporar, Sesko
     

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