Portugal's Costa learning Ricardo's penalty tricks but will keep gloves on at Euros

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Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa said Monday he would wear his gloves if his team end up in a Euro 2024 penalty shoot-out, 20 years to the day after Ricardo famously removed his to knock England out on penalties.

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Ricardo is now Portugal's goalkeeping coach and working with Costa, with the nation already guaranteed to finish top of Group F ahead of their final match against Georgia. Former stopper Ricardo, 48, took his gloves off before saving Darius Vassell's penalty and then scored the winning spot-kick himself to send hosts Portugal through to the Euro 2004 semi-finals.
"We haven't talked about that yet, (but) it's a privilege to have Ricardo with us every day, to share moments and train with him," Costa told a news conference. "He gives me all the advice so that I can save penalties... but I think it will always be with gloves on." Portugal finished as runners-up to Greece in 2004, but won the Euros for the first time in 2016.
They face Georgia on Wednesday in Gelsenkirchen having already booked their spot in the last 16 with a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic followed by a 3-0 victory against Turkey. "Representing the national team is always the top of the top," continued Porto goalkeeper Costa, 24.
"(If we won the Euros) I envision great madness, an immense joy. It will be something indescribable. "But our focus is on beating Georgia and playing well."

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