Portugal defeated Slovakia 1-0 in a Euro 2024 qualifying match on September 8, 2023, in Bratislava. The winning goal was scored by Bruno Fernandes in the 70th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo was booked in the first half for a foul.
The match was a tight affair, with both teams creating chances. Portugal had the better of the first half, but Slovakia came out stronger after the break. However, they were unable to find an equaliser.
Bruno Fernandes was named Man of the Match for his performance. He scored the winning goal and created several other chances.
The win keeps Portugal top of Group J, with 12 points from four matches. Slovakia are in second place, with 10 points.
This is Portugal's first win over Slovakia since 2019. They will be looking to build on this result when they face the Czech Republic in their next match on September 12.
– Portugal had 61% possession. – Slovakia had 12 shots, but only 3 of them were on target. – Portugal had 8 shots, 4 of them were on target.
– Portugal manager Fernando Santos was pleased with the win. He said, "We deserved to win. We created more chances and we were the better team." – Slovakia manager Stefan Tarkovic was disappointed with the result. He said, "We were unlucky not to get a draw. We had some good chances, but we couldn't take them."
Portugal's next match is against the Czech Republic on September 12. The match will be played in Prague.