Portugal vs France in UEFA Euro 2020
Ronaldo equaled Ali Daei's record set with Iran between 1993 and 2006 by scoring his 108th and 109th goals, both from the penalty spot.
UEFA Euro 2020, Portugal versus France: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 109th goal, tying Ali Daei for the joint-most goals scored by an individual in men’s international football, as Portugal and Germany advanced from Group F after France.
Ronaldo equaled Ali Daei’s record set with Iran between 1993 and 2006 by scoring his 108th and 109th goals, both from the penalty spot.
They came to either side of half-time, but they weren’t enough to give Portugal the win, as France’s forward Karim Benzema scored twice to end a six-year goal drought and guarantee Les Bleus won the group.
On a hectic evening, the four teams in Group F swapped positions regularly, with Portugal appearing ready to meet England in the next round before Germany’s dramatic late equalizer knocked them out and eliminated Hungary.
Hugo Lloris was adjudged to have blocked Kylian Mbappe’s run in the box, and Ronaldo gave Portugal the lead after Hugo Lloris followed through on Danilo as he attempted to punch away across. Benzema equalized on the brink of half-time after Nelson Semedo was adjudged to have blocked Mbappe’s run in the box.
Benzema added a second shortly after the break, thanks to a superb ball from Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, but Portugal drew level 13 minutes later when Ronaldo won and converted a second penalty.
Because of the draw in Munich, Portugal finished third in the group on a head-to-head basis, while France won the group by a point over Germany.
Rui Patricio, the goalkeeper, also played a key role, spectacularly stopping Pogba from long range with a fingertip save then recovering to punch away Antoine Griezmann’s rebound attempt in the second half.
Portugal quietly progressed through the rounds before winning the tournament in 2016, and after a tense night in Budapest, they remain a threat as the game continues into the final stages.