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Martinez commends Portugal display despite ´cruel´ penalty shootout defeat to France

Roberto Martinez insisted that Portugal must be proud of their players, describing their penalty shootout defeat to France as “cruel” in the quarter-finals of Euro 2024.

Having seen a fourth meeting between the two sides at the European Championships go the full distance, spot-kicks would decide who would face Spain in Munich next Tuesday.

Joao Felix saw his effort bounce back off the post, allowing Theo Hernandez to send Les Bleus through to their fourth semi-final in the last five major tournaments.

Portugal squandered several golden opportunities on the night, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Nuno Mende

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