France had won 19 of the 27 previous encounters with Portugal. However, the winner of the final of the 2016 European home championship was Portugal. Thanks to his double penalty Portugal drew 2-2 (1-1) with the French in the Wednesday group finale.
Compared to the game against Germany, Portugal had changed in two positions. The French made two changes from the 1-1 draw with Hungary and included Corentin Tolisso from FC Bayern. The French team was led by Kylian Mbappé, who, in Ronaldo’s eyes, “is the present and the future of world soccer. He owns the next few years. He is a fantastic player.”
At the beginning of the game played in Budapest, not much happened on the soccer field, and it appeared that both teams were focusing on avoiding risk. In the 16th minute, the first attempt for a goal was made by Mbappé but Rui Patricio, Portugal’s goalkeeper, held the ball.
Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz granted the first penalty after French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris fisted Portugal’s Danielo Perreira in the face. Ronaldo turned this penalty into a goal in the 30th minute.
Just before the break, France got its revenge after Mappé was brought down in the penalty area and the referee awarded a penalty. French player Karem Benzema made his first goal in the 45th+2 minute and in minute 48. With this second goal the team from Portugal would have been eliminated if there would not be for Ronaldo who converted a handball penalty into a second goal in minute 60.
With this result, both teams made it into the round of 16. However, with his two goals, Ronaldo set new records.
- He extendes his European Championship record to 14 goals
- He replaces Miroslav Klose, former German international striker, as the most successful scorer with his 20th and 21st goal in the World Cup and European Championship.
- The Portuguese also celebrates his 109th national team goal and draws level with former Bayern player Ali Daei, who had scored just as often for Iran.