In a tense Euro 2020 Group F match that ended 2-2, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema each scored a brace to help Portugal and France share the spoils. Both France and Portugal played at a strong tempo and went all out to get the three points in a game that ebbed and flowed.
In a game that included three penalties, Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty in the 31st minute gave Portugal the lead. After France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was ruled to have fouled Danilo inside the area, the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner made no mistake from the spot.
Semedo was severely penalized for clashing with Kylian Mbappe in the area, and France received a penalty of their own soon after. Although replays revealed minor contact, the referee stood firm in his ruling. In first-half stoppage time, Karim Benzema took the penalty and made no mistake, burying the ball past Rui Patricio to score his first goal for France since his comeback to the national team.
Karim Benzema scored again shortly after the restart, this time with a brilliant finish on Paul Pogba’s exquisite through ball. Although Benzema was initially judged offside, VAR replays revealed that he was in fact onside.
“We were watching the result from Hungary’s win against Germany in the second match of the night, and it was making things very complicated.” It was a crazy battle with a lot of twists and turns.” I am quite pleased. Football is absolute magic because emotions can shift so swiftly from one moment to the next. The team’s morale might shift as well. Even though not everything went perfectly, tonight was enjoyable. It was a championship match.”
I am quite pleased. Football is absolute magic because emotions can shift so swiftly from one moment to the next. The team’s morale might shift as well. Even though not everything went perfectly, tonight was enjoyable. It was a championship match.”
In the round of 16, France will face Switzerland, while Portugal will face Belgium in a match that promises to be exciting.
Portugal 2-2 France: The Best Tweets
🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo = Portugal legend 💪
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 23, 2021
Out of the 7 goals scored by Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo has directly contributed to 6 GOALS (5 Goals + 1 Assist).— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) June 23, 2021
Single handedly dragged Portugal to the knock-out stages.pic.twitter.com/3DExEzK6e6
Ronaldo and Benzema at half-time. Great to see old teammates appreciating each other 🙌🏼🤩 pic.twitter.com/gDOZchDEMF— Row Z (@RowZMedia) June 23, 2021