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William Saliba shines as France advances to Euro 2024 semi-finals

In a thrilling Euro 2024 quarter-final match, William Saliba’s stellar defensive performance helped France secure a spot in the semi-finals after defeating Portugal in a tense penalty shootout. The game remained deadlocked at 0-0 after 90 minutes and extra time, leading to a nail-biting showdown from the spot. Portugal’s Joao Felix was the only player to miss a penalty, paving the way for Theo Hernandez to seal the victory for France with a powerful kick.

Saliba, who has yet to concede a goal in open play throughout the tournament, put on a masterclass in defense during the match. The 23-year-old defender made eight clearances, two blocks, and maintained a remarkable 98% passing accuracy. With Saliba’s standout performance, France now advances to face Spain in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in another dramatic quarter-final clash, Spain edged past Germany with a late winner from Mikel Merino, crushing the hopes of tournament hosts. Despite an early chance from Kai Havertz, Spain took the lead through Dani Olmo in the second half. Germany managed to equalize late in the game, but Spain’s Merino secured their spot in the semi-finals with a decisive header in extra time.

The Euro 2024 tournament continues to deliver thrilling moments as top teams battle it out for a place in the final. Stay tuned for more excitement and drama as the semi-final matches approach.

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