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European Football Championship: Portugal And France Advance To The Round Of 16

France and Portugal both move into the round of 16 of the European Football Championship. World champion France is first in the group and the reigning European champion Portugal is third in the group behind Germany. Karim Benzema (45th + 2 / foul penalty, 48th) gave France the lead in front of 54,886 spectators in the Puskás Aréna. Cristiano Ronaldo (30th and 60th) scored twice from the penalty spot to make it 2-2.

With his two goals, Ronaldo set further records: With his 20 and 21 goals at European and World Cup, he replaced former German international striker Miroslav Klose (19) as the most successful goalscorer. The 36-year-old also celebrated his 109th national team goal and drew level with former Bayern player Ali Daei, who scored even as often for Iran. 

In addition, Ronaldo expanded his European Championship record to 14 goals. France secured group victory over Germany and will play against Switzerland in the round of 16. Portugal finished third in Group F and will face Belgium.

The top duel wasn't a footballing treat for an extended time. Avoiding risks was a priority. The first significant chance had Mbappé (16), who shot on goal after a pass from Paul Pogba, but did not Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio. "He is that the present and therefore the way forward for world football. He owns the next few years. He's an incredible player," Ronaldo recently told the Spanish newspaper Marca about Mbappé.

France had won 19 of the previous 27 matches with Portugal - but lost the final of the 2016 European Championships 0-1. On the thanks to the specified revenge, the planet champion was bogged down hard after half an hour. Because goalkeeper Hugo Lloris hit Portugal's Danielo Perreira within the face with the force of a ram ahead of the goal, referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz imposed a penalty.

Ronaldo stepped up and shot the ball untenable within the goal. Shortly before the break, France also hit back with a penalty kick after Mappé fell within the penalty area. Returning Benzema converted the controversial penalty even as confidently as Ronaldo before. Inspired by his first selection goal since 2015, Benzema followed up together with his second goal within the 48th minute. But Ronaldo also made another big appearance: The star of Juventus Turin converted a hand penalty (60th) to subsequent record.

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