Portugal extended their impressive European Championship qualifying (ECQ) run with a 1-0 victory over Slovakia in Group J.
This win keeps their record in ECQs strong, with just one loss in their last 20 matches (W17, D2).
Slovakia, having started their ECQ campaign strongly with 10 points from their first four matches, faced a tough test against Portugal, the group leaders.
In the opening 20 minutes, Portugal had the upper hand, with Bruno Fernandes’ early attempt thwarted by Slovakia’s Martin Dúbravka.
Portugal, carrying the momentum, continued to press for a goal as the first half progressed.
However, clear-cut opportunities were scarce as Slovakia’s defense held firm. Portugal finally broke the deadlock three minutes before halftime, with Fernandes dribbling past defenders and slotting a superb angled shot into the far corner.
Slovakia, undeterred, sought to get back into the game after halftime. Peter Pekarík’s dangerous effort was well saved by Portugal’s Diogo Costa, while João Cancelo’s long-range attempt was denied by Dúbravka. Portugal remained solid defensively, aiming for a second goal to seal