Portugal faced France at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, for their final group game of the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.
After a disappointing loss to Germany on Match Day 2, the current European champions needed a win against the current World Champions to qualify. While Cristiano Ronaldo was in excellent goal scoring form, none of France’s goal-scorers were making an impact in the tournament so far.
France’s first solid chance came in the quarter-hour mark as Paul Pogba played a ball through to Kylian Mbappe who was in on goal. However, Rui Patricio read the shot Mbappe took first-time and blocked the effort.
A few minutes later, Portugal had a chance to make a breakthrough with a scary counter attack which saw Raphaël Varane accidentally head the ball straight to his former Real Madrid team mate, Ronaldo, who volleyed a shot wide from the French goal.
France unfortunately conceded a penalty in the 27th minute after Hugo Lloris punched Danilo in the head while the ball came flying in the box. The referee checked VAR carefully to see if it was a red-card offence but Lloris only got a yellow.
Ronaldo stepped up to the penalty spot and scored his first ever goal against France to put Portugal in the lead.
Just before the half time whistle, Mbappe ran into the Portuguese box and was fouled by Nelson Semedo, giving France a chance to equalise with another penalty.
Karim Benzema, who previously had a shaky penalty record, stepped up to take the kick from the spot.
The first half ended 1-1 as both sides were looking for a victory.
Danilo was substituted for Portugal in the second half after the bump he suffered from Lloris in the first.
Benzema quickly got his second goal of the match in the 47th minute after Pogba threaded a pass to him to shoot in the far corner. Initially an offside flag went up, but after consulting VAR, the referee gave the goal to France.
Unfortunately for France, their half-time substitute, Lucas Digne, got an injury and was quickly replaced by Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
Matters only got worse for Les Bleus as they conceded another penalty just before the hour-mark. After Ronaldo pulled the ball back in the French box, Jules Kounde got a hand on it accidentally.
The Portuguese captain stepped up to the penalty spot yet again to equalise and give himself his fifth goal of the tournament.
The game ended 2-2 with Portugal finishing third on their group table. However, France, Germany and Portugal all qualified to the next stage of the Euro 2020 tournament.
Source of Image: UEFA EURO 2020 via Twitter
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