Ronaldo scores 2 to step closer to goal history

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Frenchman Karim Benzema, right, kicks the ball past Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio to score his side’s second goal in the Group F match of the Euro 2020 soccer championship between Portugal and France at Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary , Wednesday June 23, 2021 (AP Photo / Darko Bandic, Pool)

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals add up quickly and they take Portugal further into another tournament.

Ronaldo scored two penalties on Wednesday to help the defending champions secure a 2-2 draw with France and give the team a place in the round of 16 of the European Championship. They also increased his tally with the national team to 109 goals, tied for the all-time men’s record with former Iranian striker Ali Daei.

The Portuguese great’s fourth and fifth goals at Euro 2020 also brought his overall tournament record to 14.

Karim Benzema scored both goals for France, his first in the tournament after failing to find the target at Euro 2008 and 2012. It was also his first goals for the national team since October 2015. Little not long after, he lost his place on the team due to his role in a “sextape” scandal.

“Of course I was expecting those goals,” Benzema said. “There was a lot of pressure on me, but I never gave up. “

The Portuguese finished third in the group, one place behind Germany. World champion France, who had already qualified after a 1-1 draw against Hungary, finished first. The French will face Switzerland in the next round while Portugal will face Belgium.

“It was a really difficult group,” said French coach Didier Deschamps. “Hungary has proven it.”

Ronaldo scored the opening goal in the 31st minute after French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris misread a free kick and hit Danilo in the face. Lloris received a yellow card from Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz, who immediately requested medical assistance and awarded a penalty.

He then equalized on the spot in the 60th, after Benzema gave the French advantage 2-1, when his center from the left touched the hand of Jules Kounde.

It was Koundé’s second international match and his first start, chosen by Deschamps specifically to stop Ronaldo.

Benzema first scored a penalty in added time in the first half after Nelson Semedo passed through Mbappe as he ran to respond to a pass from Paul Pogba. The decision was made following a quick video review.

Benzema had missed his previous penalty for the Blues on his international return in a friendly against Wales earlier this month.

Ronaldo went over to shake Benzema’s hand and even put his arm around him as they walked away smiling at halftime. The former Real Madrid teammates then exchanged their shirts as they walked down the tunnel.

“It was a great pleasure to see him again. We achieved so much together when we played for Real Madrid, scored so many goals together, ”said Benzema. “We just wished each other good luck for the rest of the tournament. “

Benzema’s second goal came in the 47th after a run to the right to meet Pogba’s pass from midfield. He passed behind the defense and passed the ball past Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio and into the left post.

Pogba nearly scored a goal for France midway through the second half, but Patricio made a superb one-handed save to tip the curling shot over the crossbar and then saved Antoine’s follow-up shot. Griezmann.

36-year-old Ronaldo’s historic journey began 17 years ago when he scored his first goal for Portugal in a 2-1 defeat to Greece in the group stage of Euro 2004.

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