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Portugal v France Live Commentary, 23/06/2021

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2 - 2
POR
FRA
Cristiano Ronaldo (31 pen)
Cristiano Ronaldo (60 pen)
K. Benzema (45+2 pen)
K. Benzema (47)
Puskás Aréna

Commentary

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France finish top of the group with five points, so they will face Switzerland in the knockout stages and Portugal third with four points and they'll play Belgium in the next round.
The referee calls time on a thrilling game between Portugal and France that ends 2-2, with three of the goals coming from the penalty spot. It means that both teams qualify for the knockout stages, with France finishing top of Group F and Portugal third. It was 1-1 at the break, after Ronaldo and Benzema converted their spot-kicks and it took just two minutes for France to go ahead in the second period, with Benzema grabbing another. However, Kounde handled the ball in the box at the other end and Ronaldo fired in the penalty on the hour mark to make it 2-2.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: PORTUGAL 2-2 FRANCE
90' + 3' NO PENALTY! VAR take their time checking the penalty decision, but don't see anything to indicate that the referee has made the wrong call, so the original decision stands.
90' + 2' PENALTY CHECK! Fernandes battles with Coman deep down the left and the French winger gets across Fernandes and goes down under heavy pressure, but nothing is given on the pitch by the referee. However, VAR will take a look to make sure. Could we see our fourth penalty of the game?
90' + 1' Both teams are slowing the pace down now, taking their time with set pieces and throw-ins, just trying to see the game out with just a few minutes remaining.
90' There will be a minimum of five minutes added time played at the end of the second half.
Sérgio Oliveira
Renato Sanches
Portugal
88' Late Portugal change, with Sanches replaced by Oliveira.
M. Sissoko
A. Griezmann
France
87' That strike will be Griezmann's last touch of the ball, as he is replaced by Sissoko.
86' Wild effort! Coman does well down the right wing, before pulling it back to Griezmann, who smashes the ball towards goal, but it flies high over the crossbar.
85' Portugal are sitting deep and soaking up the pressure, with France dominating possession at the moment, but they aren't opening Portugal up like they have done on occasions today.
P. Kimpembe
Yellow Card
France
83' Really poor challenge by Kimpembe, he comes flying into the back of Ronaldo and catches the Portugal skipper high and late. No complaints with the yellow card.
81' Can either side nick a late winner to clinch all three points? There is now less than 10 minutes remaining on the clock, plus any additional time.
Diogo Dalot
Nélson Semedo
Portugal
79' Here is the enforced change, with Semedo replaced by Dalot.
77' Semedo seems to have a problem for Portugal, but it may just be cramp as he has been excellent today as we are getting into the latter stages of the game.
75' Portugal v France is the first game in the history of the European Championships to see three penalties scored (excluding shootouts) - France are the first team to concede two penalty goals in a EURO game.
Rúben Neves
João Moutinho
Portugal
73' The second Portugal change sees Moutinho replaced by his Wolves team-mate Neves.
Bruno Fernandes
Bernardo Silva
Portugal
72' Silva has been excellent for Portugal today, he heads off and Fernandes comes on.
70' What a finish we are seeing here in Group F! Germany made it 1-1 in the other game, but Hungary then scored straight from the restart to make it 2-1!
68' CHANCE! What an opportunity for France to take the lead once again! Pogba gets away from Palhinha on the edge of the penalty area, before firing a superb strike towards goal, that Patricio has to push onto the post. The rebound then falls straight to Griezmann, who tries to beat the keeper from a tight angle, but he makes another excellent stop.
K. Coman
C. Tolisso
France
66' Another France change now, with Tolisso coming off and he has been replaced by Coman.
62' That goal means that everything has changed once again in the group, with France, Portugal and Hungary heading through and Germany will be eliminated, as they are still losing 1-0.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Penalty Goal
Portugal
60' GOAL! Ronaldo makes it 2-2! He goes the same way, firing it into the bottom left corner of the net to score his second of the game and send Portugal back into second position. It is also Ronaldo's 109th goal for his country, to go level with the Ali Daei for the most international goals. Kounde was the man who gave away the penalty, after blocking Ronaldo's cross with his arm.
58' PORTUGAL PENALTY! Another spot-kick, the third of the game! Ronaldo gets forward down the left wing and tries to whip a cross into the box. The first attempt is well blocked by Kounde, but it bounces straight back to Ronaldo, who crosses again and this time it strikes the outstretched arm of the defender. The Portugese players appeal for a penalty straight away and after a moment of deliberation, the referee awards it.
56' France are unbeaten in each of their last 11 group stage games at major international tournaments (World Cup and Euros), winning seven and drawing four. However, each of their last three MD3 group games in these tournaments have ended level (D3).
54' The game is end-to-end at the moment, there is a good pace to it, with Portugal pushing forward in search of an equaliser to get back on track.
A. Rabiot
L. Digne
France
52' Digne has only been on the pitch for seven minutes, he limps off and he replaced by Rabiot.
51' It looks like Digne might have a problem here, he has just gone down near the touchline and appears to have pulled a muscle, so he will have to come off.
49' That France goal has had a huge impact on the Group F standings, as it means that Portugal are now out of the competition if the results remain the same.
P. Pogba
Assist
France
47' Pogba has played a through balls like this today, his vision to spot the run of Benzema is superb and he picks him out perfectly, with the striker making no mistakes with the finish.
K. Benzema
Goal
France
47' GOAL! France take the lead, with Benzema getting his second of the game to make it 2-1! It’s an excellent through ball by Pogba to the striker, opening the Portugal defence up and the Real Madrid man raced onto the end of it, then fired it towards the bottom left corner of the net and it strikes the post and bounces in. It was initially ruled out for offside, but VAR have taken a look and overruled the decision!
João Palhinha
Danilo Pereira
Portugal
46' Portugal have also made a substitution, with Danilo replaced by Palhinha.
L. Digne
L. Hernández
France
46' Hernandez was booked in the first half, so he has been brought off and Digne is his replacement.
46' The second half is under way!
As it stands France will go through as group winners, meanwhile Portugal are second and Hungary third. This means that Germany would miss out if the results remain the same.
It’s level at the break between Portugal and France, with Ronaldo and Benzema both converting penalties for their countries. Portugal took the lead on 31 minutes through Ronaldo, after Lloris gave away a penalty as he collided with Danilo as the pair challenged for a deep free-kick and caught the midfielder late. It looked like they would lead at the break, but France where awarded a penalty of their own in stoppage time, after Mbappe and Semedo ran into each other the box and Benzema converted.
45' + 6' HALF-TIME: PORTUGAL 1-1 FRANCE
45' + 4' France are pushing forward in search of a second goal before the break, it's very lively at the moment and this game could go either way.
K. Benzema
Penalty Goal
France
45' + 2' GOAL! Benzema fires France level, it's 1-1 just before the break! It looked like a harsh decision to award France a penalty after Semedo and Mbappe collided in the box, but VAR agreed with the decision on the pitch. Benzema stepped up to take the spot-kick and sent Patricio the wrong way, firing it into the left corner of the net.
45' + 1' VAR CHECK! The officials have taken another look at the penalty decision, which does seem quite harsh on Semedo. However, the officials agree with the referee and the penalty stands.
45' FRANCE PENALTY! A ball is chipped over the top of the Portugal defence and Mbappe tries to get onto the end of it, but he collides with Semedo and goes to the ground. It looks like Mbappe ran into the defender. The Portugal players are furious and are surrounding the referee.
43' Ronaldo has now become the first European player in World Cup and European Championship history to score a combined 20 goals across the two competitions.
41' There isn’t long left to play before the end of the first half, can France get back into the game before the half-time whistle? Or will Portugal be able to extend their lead?
A. Griezmann
Yellow Card
France
39' Griezmann is the third French player to be booked, after he catches Danilo late on the halfway line.
38' Griezmann and Benzema have been fairly quiet for France so far, they haven't been involved much in the first half and they need to start getting them on the ball more if they are to get back into the game.
L. Hernández
Yellow Card
France
36' Hernandez is booked after he stops Silva from progressing up the pitch, a blatant foul.
34' Decent effort! Moutinho gets on the ball on the edge of the penalty area and fires an effort towards goal, but it flies wide of the France goal, not troubling Lloris.
33' Portugal look full of confidence now, they are pushing forward in search of a second goal, which would hand them a huge advantage before the break.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Penalty Goal
Portugal
31' GOAL! Portugal take the lead, it's 1-0! Ronaldo fires his side ahead from the penalty spot. The spot-kick came after Lloris caught Danilo late while challenging for a deep free-kick and the referee pointed to the spot. Ronaldo then stepped up to take the penalty and sent Lloris the wrong way, firing it into the bottom left corner of the net.
29' The French players are swarming around the referee, appealing for him to change his mind and check VAR, however, there doesn't seem to be any indication that the officials will take another look, so the penalty will stand.
H. Lloris
Yellow Card
France
27' Lloris is booked for the challenge on Danilo. It's not very often that you see goalkeepers pulled up for that kind of challenge.
27' PORTUGAL PENALTY! Moutinho whips a deep free-kick into the penalty area and Danilo goes up for the header, making contact with the ball and Lloris comes through the back of him, smacking the Portugal midfielder in the face. The referee immediately points to the spot, much to the fury of the French players.
26' Decent play by Portugal in midfield, they are making France do all the running at the moment. However, Sanches just takes a heavy touch and it invites Kante to make the tackle, who gives away the free-kick.
24' The last four matches between Portugal and France have only produced three goals (2 for France, 1 for Portugal).
22' Ronaldo is dropping quite deep at times to try and get on the ball and influence the game, he's had a couple of half chances so far, but nothing clear-cut.
20' Varane fails to deal with a deep cross into the box and he heads the ball straight into the path of Ronaldo, who fires it towards goal on the volley, but it flies well wide of the France net.
18' There's not much separately the two teams at the moment, both are starting to get into the final third, but they haven't quite found the perfect final ball to create an opportunity. The best chance so far fell to Mbappe a couple of minutes ago.
16' CHANCE! Lovely quick move by France, they open up the Portugal defence after taking their time with the build-up. Pogba spots the run of Mbappe in behind the Portugal defence and he slides a superb pass through to him, who then only has Patricio to beat in goal. However, the keeper makes an excellent save to deny France the opener.
14' As it stands Portugal would be going through as runners-up in the group, with France top and the reigning champions would face England in the next round.
12' There is a cracking atmosphere inside the stadium, it's full and there is plenty of noise going round at the moment as the news has just come in that Hungary are beating Germany in the other Group F game, so the locals are very happy.
10' Portugal have won only one of their last 13 matches against France (D1 L11), that was the European Championship final in 2016, played at the Stade de France.
8' Neither team are really pushing forward with much attacking intent in the opening few minutes of the game. An early goal would be a big advantage.
6' Decent effort! Ronaldo with the first opportunity at goal, but it's a difficult one as the ball is whipped into the box from the left wing and Ronaldo's strike lacks the pace to beat Lloris, who makes a comfortable save.
5' Portugal are seeing more of the ball at the moment, they are keeping it well in midfield, with France dropping off and letting them have it.
3' Despite Dias and Guerreiro both scoring own goals in Portugal's game against Germany, they keep their places today, with the only changes coming in midfield, perhaps to try and limit the damage that Benzema, Griezmann and Mbappe can inflict.
1' We're under way!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!
Meanwhile France make three changes to their starting line-up, with Digne, Pavard and Rabiot missing out and they have been replaced by Kounde, Hernandez and Tolisso.
Portugal have made two changes to their side that were beaten by Germany, with Moutinho and Sanches coming into the team, with Fernandes and Carvalho dropping down to the bench.
FRANCE SUBS: Olivier Giroud, Wissam Ben Yedder, Kingsley Coman, Moussa Sissoko, Adrien Rabiot, Benjamin Pavard, Mike Maignan, Lucas Digne, Steve Mandanda, Clement Lenglet, Thomas Lemar, Kurt Zouma.
FRANCE (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez; Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante; Corentin Tolisso, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe; Karim Benzema.
PORTUGAL SUBS: Sergio Oliveira, William Carvalho, Rafa, Bruno Fernandes, Jose Fonte, Joao Palhinha, Anthony Lopes, Joao Felix, Ruben Neves, Andre Silva, Diogo Dalot, Rui Silva.
PORTUGAL (4-3-3): Rui Patricio; Nelson Semedo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro; Joao Moutinho, Danilo, Renato Sanches; Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota.
Meanwhile Portugal will go through to the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams if they don’t lose by four goals or more. They are currently third in the group after a 3-0 victory over Hungary, but then suffered a 4-2 defeat against Germany in their next game.
A win for France would see them clinch top spot in Group F, after an opening game victory over Germany was followed up by a surprise 1-1 draw with Hungary, with Antoine Griezmann scoring a second half goal to secure a point in Budapest.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Euro 2020 Group F clash between Portugal and France in Budapest.