Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s icon, scored twice from the penalty spot to clinch Portugal’s progression to the round of 16 at Euro 2020.
To begin with, it was a cagey affair, but Ronaldo broke the deadlock after Hugo Lloris attempted to punch a free-kick but accidentally caught Danilo in the face, resulting in a penalty.
The lead only lasted fifteen minutes, as Mbappe tumbled down in the box pretty easily shortly before halftime, resulting in a soft penalty. Karim Benzema wasn’t having the best of games.
To equalize the playing field for France, he delivered the penalty with remarkable authority.
Paul Pogba set up Karim Benzema superbly three minutes into the second half, and the striker hammered the ball past Rui Patricio to give his club the lead. The goal was upheld despite a VAR review.
Portugal was on the verge of being eliminated from Euro 2020, but Cristiano Ronaldo, as always, came to the rescue. Jules Koundé handled the ball inside his box, and Ronaldo converted a penalty to ensure his team’s qualification.
France came out on top in the ‘Group of Death’ at Euro 2020, with Germany coming in second. Portugal, the tournament’s holders, had their hearts in their mouths but survived the scare to qualify as one of the third-placed teams.
There are some tantalizing knockout matches on the way, but first, let’s take a look at the game’s Hits and Flops.
Hits & Misses during the Euro 2020 match between Portugal and France in Group F
Paul Pogba is the fifth best player in the world.
It’s always fascinating and thrilling to watch an in-form Paul Pogba dazzle in the midfield with his incredible range of abilities. Against the defending Euro winners, the Manchester United star put in another masterful performance, displaying his outstanding passing skills.
Everything Pogba did had a purpose, and he even got a fantastic assist when he set up Karim Benzema for his team’s second goal. The 28-year-old also produced another wonderful ball, but Kylian Mbappe was unable to finish it.
Pogba’s ball control and dribbling ability have been the French team’s most potent weapons at Euro 2020, and he has been one of the tournament’s finest performers.
Kylian Mbappe’s fourth flop
Kylian Mbappe had little impact on the game, which was unusual for him. He had his moments, but perhaps France’s finest player in the squad deserved a lot more.
When Mbappe went down inside the area to win a penalty, he played a key role in his team’s opening goal, but the judgment was clearly skewed in his favor.
Mbappe’s lack of goals at Euro 2020 is unexpected, but a lot of it has to do with his goal-scoring ability. He was again through on goal against the defending champs, but when attempting to curl it around Patricio, he made it quite simple for him.
Didier Deschamps will be hoping that the budding starlet scores his first goal soon to help France win Euro 2020.