CR7 MAKES HISTORY IN BUDAPEST

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Euro 2016 winners and the world cup 2018 winners, Portugal and France met at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, for an epic Group F finale. The Euro 2016 rematch ended in a stalemate which saw both teams progress to the Round of 16.

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Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero of the show once again, with the Portuguese converting two penalties to equal Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals. Karim Benzema also scored his first international goal outside France since the 2014 World Cup with the Frenchman also bagging a brace. Ronaldo’s brace took his Euro 2020 tally to 5 goals making him the top scorer in the competition. The 36-year old now has 5 goals and 1 assist in 3 games averaging a goal contribution every 45 minutes.

France started the game strong but it was a Hugo Lloris foul on Danilo as he tried to reach a Joao Moutinho freeckick that dented their efforts. Ronaldo stepped up and netted with ease, midway through the first half. As half time approached, it was Nelson Semedo’s turn to turn villain.Paul Pogba played an expert ball through to Kylian Mbappe, but Semedo clumsily blocked the sprinting forward. Benzema then converted the resultant penalty, sending the match to half time at 1-1. In the second half, Paul Pogba¬† again bent another ball behind the defence and Benzema doubled his tally by sliding the ball past a powerless Rui Patricio. Ronaldo later saw his cross handled in the box by Jules Kounde. It was Ronaldo again who scored from the spot to make it 2-2 for Portugal in a game with a hattrick of penalties. The result sees France top group F, and travel to Bucharest to face Switzerland in the last 16. Portugal finished among the best third placed teams and will face Belgium in Seville

 

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