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Cristiano Ronaldo fumes as he leaves the pitch following Portugal’s 2-0 loss away to Slovenia, as goals from Adam Cerin and Timi Elsnik end Roberto Martinez’s 11 game winning streak

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Cristiano Ronaldo fumed as he left the pitch following Portugal’s 2-0 defeat away to Slovenia in a friendly on Tuesday night.

The 39-year-old superstar sat out the previous game against Sweden, which took Roberto Martinez’s side to 11 straight wins under his control, but Ronaldo returned to start the game in Ljublana. 

However, second half goals from midfielders Adam Cerin and Timi Elsnik ensured that Slovenia got a surprise victory over Portugal – leaving Ronaldo unhappy.

Footage showed the Al Nassr star storming off the pitch at the end of the game. 

Portugal had ten shots during the game, two of which fell Ronaldo’s way, but they were unable to convert any of their chances, and became undone by a resilient performance from the hosts, who will be in England’s group at Euro 2024.  

Cristiano Ronaldo was left fuming after Portugal’s 2-0 friendly away defeat to Slovenia

The defeat in Ljubljana ended the run of 11 straight wins for manager Roberto Martinez

The defeat in Ljubljana ended the run of 11 straight wins for manager Roberto Martinez

Portugal’s top goalscorer was barely involved, and spent more time trying to find fouls and appealing to officials than making a difference between the two sides.  

Martinez made it 11 straight wins since he took over, as they beat Sweden 5-2 on Thursday, with Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes among the goalscorers.

But they will have to revisit the drawing board for their June friendlies against Finland, Croatia and Ireland, as they look to go into the European Championships on the right foot. 

At Euro 2024, Portugal will face Czechia, Turkey, and Georgia, who beat Greece on penalties after a play-off match which descended into anarchy with a mass melee

Slovenia's Timi Elsnik was one of their two goalscorers as they shocked the visitors Portugal

Slovenia’s Timi Elsnik was one of their two goalscorers as they shocked the visitors Portugal

Ronaldo missed Thursday's win over Sweden, but played all 90 minutes in the Slovenia defeat

Ronaldo missed Thursday’s win over Sweden, but played all 90 minutes in the Slovenia defeat

For Slovenia, who drew 2-2 with Malta on Thursday, they have games against Armenia and Bulgaria before the start of Euro 2024.

At the tournament in Germany, they will face Denmark and Serbia before their final group stage game against England in Cologne on June 25.  

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