Cristiano Ronaldo equaled the world record for most individual goals in international football as a 2-2 draw between Portugal and France saw both teams qualify.
With the possibility of a nice draw against England awaiting the Group F runners-up, both France And the Portugal They were seeking three points to top the rankings. The always dangerous Kylian Mbappe was the one to benefit from the first big chance in the match after Paul Pogba showed tremendous vision.
The Man United midfielder fended off Mbappe with a defensive pass before Rui Patricio stood tall to maintain the stalemate.
With both sides canceling each other out for much of the first half, Portugal suddenly got an unexpected boost.
A dangerous free kick that saw Hugo Lloris clatter Danilo Pereira with his fist as he punched the ball. Incidents like this often go unpunished in the Premier League, but on this occasion, Lloris was penalized. Cristiano Ronaldo did not commit a mistake from the penalty kick to open the scoring.
The tables turned with the match reviving before the break when Mbappe faltered after faltering with Nelson Semedo.
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Soft could well be used to describe the decision, but France and Karim Benzema didn’t care after the Real Madrid killer tied the score from 12 yards.
Benzema caught the Portuguese cold less than two minutes after the second half after another great pass from Pogba.
The offside flag rose to stop Benzema’s celebrations after he scored a goal, but the VAR awarded the goal after replays showed he was doubling his march to perfection.
With Portugal staring at the pit of elimination as Hungary led Germany in the opposite game, a third penalty kick gave them a crucial lifeline.
Ronaldo converted his second penalty after his shot veered off Jules Conde’s high arm in the area.
With the last 16 games changing almost every minute, Rui Patricio managed to save Pogba and Antoine Griezmann for a thrilling brace to keep his side’s hopes up.
With the news spreading that Germany tied and qualified with a 2-2 draw with Hungary, both teams finished the final minutes at a slick pace with the qualification secured in a draw.
The results of Group F set up a mouth-watering clash between England and Germany at Wembley on Tuesday, 29 June.