Conceicao’s late goal secures Portugal’s dramatic 2-1 Win Over Czech Republic

LEIPZIG, Germany: In a thrilling opening Group F game at Euro 2024, Portugal emerged victorious with a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic, thanks to a last-minute goal by substitute Francisco Conceicao. The match, held in a packed stadium, showcased Portugal’s dominance in possession and chances, yet it was the Czech team who initially took the lead.

The breakthrough for the Czechs came in the 62nd minute when Lukas Provod unleashed a spectacular strike from distance, curling the ball into the far corner of the net, leaving the Portuguese defense and goalkeeper with no chance. This stunning goal put the Czech Republic ahead, despite Portugal’s control over the game.

Portugal’s equalizer came swiftly, just seven minutes later. A header from Nuno Mendes was parried away by Czech goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek, but the clearance was unfortunate as it struck the leg of defender Robin Hranac and bounced back into his own net. This own goal leveled the score at 1-1, setting the stage for a dramatic finish.

The match seemed destined for a draw as it moved into added time, but Portugal’s relentless pressure paid off. A defensive error by Hranac provided Francisco Conceicao the opportunity to tap in from close range, sealing a 2-1 victory for Portugal. Conceicao’s late heroics ensured a winning start for his team in their Euro 2024 campaign, giving Portugal an important three points in the group stage.(Reuters)

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