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Portugal loses 2-0 to Slovenia in international friendly

Cristiano Ronaldo during the friendly match at the Stadium Stozice in Ljubljana. | Photo Credit: AFP

Portugal slipped to a surprise 2-0 defeat to Slovenia in a Euro 2024 friendly in Ljubljana on Tuesday, its first defeat since the arrival of Spanish coach Roberto Martinez who had previously won eleven games in a row.

After the 5-2 win over Sweden in Guimaraes on Thursday, Portugal had Cristiano Ronaldo back in its line-up but was missing the inspiration of its playmakers Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva.

Slovenia, who has also qualified for the Euros in Germany, opened the scoring through Adam Gnezda Cerin in the 72nd minute before Timi Elsnik doubled the advantage eight minutes later.

Having qualified with an unblemished record of 10 wins from 10 matches, Portugal will fine-tune its Euro 2024 preparations in June with further friendlies against Finland, Republic of Ireland and Croatia.

When it gets to Germany it will be grouped with Turkey, the Czech Republic and Georgia, who qualified on Tuesday by beating Greece on penalties in a play-off.

Slovenia has been drawn in the same group as England, Denmark and Serbia.

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