European Championship - Group F
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Portugal 2-2 France: France top group as Cristiano Ronaldo equals record

By Emma SandersBBC Sport

Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the men's all-time international goalscoring record as defending champions Portugal drew with France to qualify for the last 16 of Euro 2020 as one of the best third-placed teams.

Ronaldo scored his 108th and 109th goals, both from the penalty spot, to equal Ali Daei's record set with Iran between 1993 and 2006.

They came either side of half-time but were not enough to give Portugal victory as striker Karim Benzema broke a six-year goal drought with France to score twice and ensure Les Bleus topped the group.

On a frantic evening, the four teams in Group F changed positions frequently, with Portugal looking set to face England in the next round before Germany's dramatic late equaliser bumped them from fourth to second and eliminated Hungary.

Ronaldo gave Portugal the lead after Hugo Lloris followed through on Danilo as he attempted to punch away a cross, before Benzema equalised on the brink of half-time after Nelson Semedo was adjudged to have blocked off Kylian Mbappe's run in the box.

Benzema scored a second immediately after the restart following a stunning pass from Manchester United's Paul Pogba but Ronaldo drew Portugal level when he won and converted a second penalty 13 minutes later.

The draw in Munich meant Portugal finished in third place based on a head-to-head record, while France topped the group, a point ahead of Germany.

Ronaldo-inspired Portugal show real threat

Group F table
France finish top of Group F with five points from three games followed by Germany, Portugal and Hungary

The match was teed up as a battle of giants and Ronaldo produced the goods as one of the biggest.

His first goal saw him become the outright European top scorer at major tournaments with 20 - overtaking former Germany striker Miroslav Klose - and his second equalled Daei's record.

He now has 48 goals in his past 45 matches for Portugal and, with five goals in three matches so far at Euro 2020, he leads the race for the Golden Boot.

Portugal face another tough test in the next round, with world number one side Belgium waiting in the last 16, but they showed their threat in this draw with world champions France.

Ronaldo's ability to score when it matters was demonstrated once again, while experienced defender Pepe showed his guile at the back to thwart Mbappe.

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio also made a vital contribution - brilliantly denying Pogba from long range with a fingertip save, before recovering to palm away Antoine Griezmann's rebound effort in the second half.

Portugal quietly went through the rounds in 2016 before lifting the title and despite a sometimes nervous night in Budapest they remain a threat as the tournament moves into the knockout stages.

France's Benzema earns Ronaldo's respect

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema
Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were team-mates at Real Madrid between 2009 and 2018

If Ronaldo stole the show in his usual fashion, it was former Real Madrid team-mate Benzema who denied the defending champions a place at the top of the table.

Benzema, who last scored for France in October 2015, showed composure to smash in the equaliser from the spot in the first half - even receiving a pat on the back from Ronaldo as he returned to the centre circle.

The pair hugged at half-time as they walked off the pitch deep in conversation but Benzema showed no mercy when the teams returned from the break, sliding home France's second from Pogba's inch-perfect pass.

The teams were level again after Ronaldo chipped it on to the outstretched arm of Jules Kounde to win Portugal's second penalty but France could still have won it later on when Pogba and Griezmann forced the smart double-save from Patricio.

Mbappe was a nuisance without scoring again, Pogba produced moments of quality and in Benzema, France have a world-class striker.

They take on Switzerland in Bucharest on Monday and will remain one of the hot favourites for the competition.

Player of the match

Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo

with an average of 7.70

Portugal

  1. Squad number7Player nameCristiano Ronaldo
    Average rating

    7.70

  2. Squad number1Player nameRui Patrício
    Average rating

    7.24

  3. Squad number16Player nameRenato Sanches
    Average rating

    7.21

  4. Squad number2Player nameNélson Semedo
    Average rating

    6.75

  5. Squad number8Player nameJoão Moutinho
    Average rating

    6.65

  6. Squad number21Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    6.63

  7. Squad number3Player namePepe
    Average rating

    6.53

  8. Squad number4Player nameRúben Dias
    Average rating

    6.50

  9. Squad number10Player nameBernardo Silva
    Average rating

    6.42

  10. Squad number18Player nameRúben Neves
    Average rating

    6.33

  11. Squad number13Player nameDanilo Pereira
    Average rating

    6.22

  12. Squad number5Player nameRaphael Guerreiro
    Average rating

    6.20

  13. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Dalot
    Average rating

    5.87

  14. Squad number26Player nameJoão Palhinha
    Average rating

    5.81

  15. Squad number11Player nameBruno Fernandes
    Average rating

    5.79

  16. Squad number24Player nameSérgio Oliveira
    Average rating

    5.74

France

  1. Squad number13Player nameKanté
    Average rating

    7.36

  2. Squad number19Player nameBenzema
    Average rating

    7.34

  3. Squad number6Player namePogba
    Average rating

    7.13

  4. Squad number10Player nameMbappé
    Average rating

    6.44

  5. Squad number20Player nameComan
    Average rating

    6.05

  6. Squad number4Player nameVarane
    Average rating

    5.91

  7. Squad number7Player nameGriezmann
    Average rating

    5.89

  8. Squad number3Player nameKimpembe
    Average rating

    5.82

  9. Squad number14Player nameRabiot
    Average rating

    5.80

  10. Squad number1Player nameLloris
    Average rating

    5.45

  11. Squad number12Player nameTolisso
    Average rating

    5.45

  12. Squad number21Player nameHernández
    Average rating

    5.41

  13. Squad number17Player nameSissoko
    Average rating

    5.32

  14. Squad number25Player nameKoundé
    Average rating

    5.25

  15. Squad number18Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    5.18

Line-ups

Portugal

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 2Nélson SemedoSubstituted forDalotat 79'minutes
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Rúben Dias
  • 5Guerreiro
  • 13DaniloSubstituted forAlves Palhinha Gonçalvesat 45'minutes
  • 10Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forBruno Fernandesat 72'minutes
  • 8João MoutinhoSubstituted forNevesat 73'minutes
  • 16Renato SanchesSubstituted forOliveiraat 88'minutes
  • 21Jota
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 6José Fonte
  • 9André Silva
  • 11Bruno Fernandes
  • 12Lopes
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 15Ferreira Silva
  • 18Neves
  • 20Dalot
  • 22Dantas da Silva
  • 23Sequeira
  • 24Oliveira
  • 26Alves Palhinha Gonçalves

France

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1LlorisBooked at 27mins
  • 25Koundé
  • 4Varane
  • 3KimpembeBooked at 83mins
  • 21HernándezBooked at 36minsSubstituted forDigneat 45'minutesSubstituted forRabiotat 52'minutes
  • 6Pogba
  • 13Kanté
  • 12TolissoSubstituted forComanat 66'minutes
  • 7GriezmannBooked at 39minsSubstituted forSissokoat 87'minutes
  • 10Mbappé
  • 19Benzema

Substitutes

  • 2Pavard
  • 5Lenglet
  • 8Lemar
  • 9Giroud
  • 14Rabiot
  • 15Zouma
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Sissoko
  • 18Digne
  • 20Coman
  • 22Ben Yedder
  • 23Maignan
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
54,886

Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamFrance
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portugal 2, France 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portugal 2, France 2.

  3. Post update

    Jules Koundé (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sérgio Oliveira (Portugal).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. Sérgio Oliveira replaces Renato Sanches.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Moussa Sissoko replaces Antoine Griezmann.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kingsley Coman.

  8. Booking

    Presnel Kimpembe (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Presnel Kimpembe (France).

  10. Post update

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Kingsley Coman (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Renato Sanches (Portugal).

  13. Post update

    Offside, France. Kylian Mbappé tries a through ball, but Adrien Rabiot is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. Diogo Dalot replaces Nélson Semedo because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kingsley Coman.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. Rúben Neves replaces João Moutinho.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. Bruno Fernandes replaces Bernardo Silva.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. João Palhinha (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Renato Sanches (Portugal).

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