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Portugal cruise past Turkey to claim spot in Euro 2024 last 16

Portugal secured their place in the Euro 2024 last 16 as group winners with a commanding 3-0 victory over Turkey in Dortmund.

Bernardo Silva initiated the scoring midway through the first half, capitalising on a deflected cross from Nuno Mendes. Portugal’s lead was extended through an own goal by Turkey’s Samet Akaydin, who inadvertently sent the ball into his own net. Cristiano Ronaldo showcased his team-first mentality by assisting Bruno Fernandes for the third goal, sealing the win before the hour mark.

Portugal’s performance was characterised by fluidity and composure, reflecting better preparation compared to their narrow win over the Czech Republic.

Coach Roberto Martinez praised Ronaldo’s unselfish play and highlighted the squad’s depth and competitiveness.

Despite Turkey’s spirited support and some offensive attempts, including shots from Kerem Akturkoglu and Orkun Kokcu, they couldn’t match Portugal’s clinical finishing.

With three points already secured from their previous match, Turkey remains hopeful of advancing to the knockout stages, needing a win against the Czech Republic in Hamburg.

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