2 - 2
FT

Cristiano Ronaldo 30' -
Peno Scored: 30'


Cristiano Ronaldo 59' -
Peno Scored: 59'


Peno Scored: 45'
- Karim Benzema 45'

Scored: 47'
- Karim Benzema 47'


Euro 2020 Report: France 2 - 2 Portugal

Wed, Jun 23 2021

Paul Pogba holds off Cristiano Ronaldo during the 2-2 draw in Budapest Credit: Angel Martinez - UEFA/Getty Images

Three penalties in Budapest as both sides qualify on dramatic night of football in Group F.

A penalty in the second-half helped Portugal into the knock-out phase in a game constantly on the edge. They now have a chance of retaining the title won in France five years ago. 

Les Blues had already qualified before the game, but the point ensured they finished top of the group but Didier Deschamps team will be annoyed they failed to win at the end. 

Portugal dropped Bruno Fernandes and William Carvalho from the Germany loss in favour of Joao Moutinho and Renato Sanches. France also made some changes. Benjamin Pavard was on a yellow card, so he was rested; Jules Kounde replaced him. Lucas Hernandez and Corentin Tolisso also started instead of Lucas Digne and Adrien Rabiot. 

It was a frantic start from both sides as plenty of tackles came in. France probably had the better of the play as Paul Pogba set out to find his range. Tolisso raced through onto a pass before Rui Patricio came out to deny him. 

He fed Kylian Mbappe a few minutes later before the danger was snuffed out again. The two combined once more only to see Patricio pull off an important save. Portugal were doing their best to supply Cristiano Ronaldo but he was finding the going tough early on. 

The lead came out of the blue though. Joao Moutinho clipped a free into the area to attack. Hugo Lloris charged out to punch it away but only succeeded in connecting with the head of Danilo Periera. The midfielder went down, and referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz pointed to the spot.

Despite French protests, Ronaldo was clinical with his effort from 12 yards. 

Portugal seemed to have wrestled control of the game and their destiny at that point. The likes of Renato Sanches and Moutinho were upstaging their opponents in midfield and Bernardo Silva finding space to feed the attackers. 

As they looked to be going into the break all square, the French drew themselves level. Pogba played the ball forward for Mbappe to chase on to. He bumped into the shoulder of Nelsen Semedo and went down just inside the area. It was Portugal’s turn to protest but to no avail.

Karim Benzema took the responsibility to get his first in the competition. 

France came out straight away with a renewed vigour and found themselves in front just after the break. Pogba played another great ball through the defence and Benzema slotted into the bottom corner. Initially ruled offside, a VAR check confirmed he was level with the last player. Demonstrating his worth to this French side. 

Deschamps’ men looked to be the side in control, but Portugal found themselves level once more. Ronaldo took on Jules Kounde on the edge of the area. A rebound saw the ball hit the arm of the young full-back and the Spanish ref pointed to the spot for the third time. Ronaldo held his nerve to hammer it past Lloris once more. 

France came again as Portugal began to drop deeper. Sanches came to the rescue in his own area to win the ball away from Antoine Greizmann. 

Patricio was the man getting the plaudits not long after. Pogba shifted the ball onto his left-foot before unleashing a fierce curling drive toward the top corner. The ‘keeper was just about able to tip it onto the woodwork. He reacted quickly then as Greizmann attempted to net from the rebound. 

Nerves were beginning to kick in for both as both sides realised what was at stake. A mistake that this point could have been huge in the context of the group and the tournament. In Munich, Germany had come from behind to draw 2-2 with Hungary.

There was relief for both sides at the end as they emerged from the ‘group of death’. Portugal have a stiff challenge as they take on Belgium on Sunday. France’s reward for finishing top is a date next Monday with Switzerland. No second-chances now. 

Portugal: Rui Patricio; Raphael Guerreiro, Rúben Dias, Kepler de Lima Ferreira (Pepe), Nelson Semedo (Diogo Dalot 78); Joao Moutinho (Rúben Neves 72), Danilo (Joao Palhinha 46), Renato Sanches (Sergio Oliveira 86); Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo (c), Bernardo Silva (Bruno Fernandes 72).
Subs not used: Anthony Lopes, José Fonte, Joao Felix, William Carvalho, Rui Silva, André Silva, Rafa Silva.
Booked: None
France: Hugo Lloris (c); Jules Koundé, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernández (Lucas Digne 46), Raphael Varane; N'Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso (Kingsley Coman 65); Antoine Griezmann (Moussa Sissoko 86), Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappé.
Subs not used: Clément Lenglet, Thomas Lemar, Olivier Giroud, Wissam Ben Yedder, Mike Maignan, Steve Mandanda, Benjamin Pavard, Kurt Zouma.
Booked: Hugo Lloris (27) ,Antoine Griezmann (38) ,Lucas Hernández (36) Presnel Kimpembe (82).
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lohoz (Spain)
Attendance: 54,886
extratime.com Player of the Match: Paul Pogba (France)


Portugal
WJune 15, 2021
Hungary 0 - 3 Portugal
LJune 19, 2021
Portugal 2 - 4 Germany
DJune 23, 2021
Portugal 2 - 2 France
LJune 27, 2021
Belgium 1 - 0 Portugal
WSept. 1, 2021
Portugal 2 - 1 Ireland
Rui Patricio 1
Goalkeeper
Raphael Guerreiro 5
Defender
Rúben Dias 4
Defender
Pepe 3
Defender
Nelson Semedo 2
78'
78Subbed Off: Diogo Dalot 78'
Defender
Joao Moutinho 8
72'
72Subbed Off: Rúben Neves 72'
Midfielder
Danilo 13
46'
46Subbed Off: Joao Palhinha 46'
Midfielder
Renato Sanches 16
86'
86Subbed Off: Sergio Oliveira 86'
Midfielder
Diogo Jota 21
Forward
© Cristiano Ronaldo 7
Peno Scored: 30'
Peno Scored: 59'
Forward
Bernardo Silva 10
72'
72Subbed Off: Bruno Fernandes 72'
Forward

Substitutes
Rúben Neves 18
72'
72Subbed On: Joao Moutinho 72'
Midfield
Anthony Lopes 12
Goalkeeper
José Fonte 6
Defender
Bruno Fernandes 11
72'
72Subbed On: Bernardo Silva 72'
Midfield
Joao Felix 23
Forward
Diogo Dalot
78'
78Subbed On: Nelson Semedo 78'
Defender
William Carvalho 14
Midfield
Sergio Oliveira 24
86'
86Subbed On: Renato Sanches 86'
Midfield
Joao Palhinha 26
46'
46Subbed On: Danilo 46'
Midfield
Rui Silva 22
Goalkeeper
André Silva 9
Forward
Rafa Silva 15
Midfield
France
DJune 19, 2021
Hungary 1 - 1 France
DJune 23, 2021
Portugal 2 - 2 France
DJune 28, 2021
France 3 - 3 Swiss
DSept. 1, 2021
France 1 - 1 Bosnia&Herz
DSept. 4, 2021
Ukraine 1 - 1 France
1 Hugo Lloris ©
Goalkeeper
Booked: 27'
25 Jules Koundé
Defender
3 Presnel Kimpembe
Defender
Booked: 82'
21 Lucas Hernández
Defender
Booked: 36'
46'
46Subbed Off: Lucas Digne 46'
4 Raphael Varane
Defender
13 N'Golo Kanté
Midfielder
6 Paul Pogba
Midfielder
12 Corentin Tolisso
Midfielder 65'
65Subbed Off: Kingsley Coman 65'
7 Antoine Griezmann
Forward
Booked: 38'
86'
86Subbed Off: Moussa Sissoko 86'
19 Karim Benzema
Forward
Peno Scored: 45'
Scored: 47'
10 Kylian Mbappé
Forward

Substitutes
5 Clément Lenglet
Defender
8 Thomas Lemar
Midfield
9 Olivier Giroud
Forward
18 Lucas Digne
Defender 46'
46Subbed On: Lucas Hernández 46'
51'
51Subbed Off: Adrien Rabiot 51'
20 Kingsley Coman
Forward 65'
65Subbed On: Corentin Tolisso 65'
22 Wissam Ben Yedder
Midfield
23 Mike Maignan
Goalkeeper
16 Steve Mandanda
Goalkeeper
2 Benjamin Pavard
Defender
14 Adrien Rabiot
Midfield 51'
51Subbed On: Lucas Digne 51'
17 Moussa Sissoko
Midfield 86'
86Subbed On: Antoine Griezmann 86'
15 Kurt Zouma
Defender

MATCH INFO

Competition: Euro 2020 Group F

Date: 8 p.m. June 23, 2021

Venue: Puskas Arena, Budapest

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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