(EFE) .- A scoring duel between Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Bezema marked an intense and even match (2-2) this Wednesday in Budapest to close the group stage of the Eurocup and seal the pass of France, as the first, and Portugal , as third, to the round of 16 of the competition.
France and Portugal drew (2-2) this Wednesday in Budapest to seal their pass to the eighth of the Eurocup with a high-quality duel, gualado and full of emotion that served as the finishing touch for the so-called ‘Group of Death’ of this edition.
The Puskás Arena Budapest dressed up for an electric match, which both the European champion and the World champion raised with similar levels of respect and tension.
Portugal came out patiently and well planted in defense, aware that a very advanced pressure could open spaces to the vertical and always dangerous French trident.
Those of Deschamps, for their part, sought to increase the pace of the match, with entrances by the bands in charge of Tolisso and Mbappé and a more advanced and participative Pogba thanks to the work of Kanté in the midfield.
The good game of the French team paid off and, after a few more offensive minutes, Pogba filtered a millimeter pass from the center of the field that left Mbappé alone in front of Lloris, who saved his shot with authority.
Everything seemed to be going ahead for France, which was consolidating the first position of the group after knowing, given the general euphoria of the stadium, that Hungary was surprising in Munich and took the lead on the scoreboard against Germany.
However, everything changed halfway through the first half, when a side free kick by Moutinho, who looked harmless to the naked eye, ended in a penalty in favor of Portugal.
Lloris came out to clear with fists first and knocked Danilo down with a punch. Cristiano Ronaldo, as he did against Hungary, did not miss from 11 meters and put the Portuguese ahead in the electronic and momentary leaders of the group.
Ronaldo also increased his legend even more, becoming the top scorer (20 goals) in the history of the final stages of the Eurocup and the World Cups.
After the goal, the game script changed completely. Portugal began to be more comfortable with the ball and France, canceled by the good withdrawal of the rivals, showed its most erratic face in the last meters.
History repeated itself again, but in reverse, and that is, when France was having the worst, the Spanish Mateu Lahoz pointed out the maximum penalty for a push in the race from Semedo to Mbappé that the Portuguese protested.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, under the supervision of the VAR, forcefully scored the penalty (1-1) at the edge of the break and returned to celebrate a goal with the French shirt almost 6 years later.
Without giving their rivals room for reaction, France turned the game around as soon as the second half started with a new goal from Benzema, which he defined with a high-quality low shot after an excellent assist from Pogba.
The play was reviewed by the VAR, for possible offside, but the Frenchman was in legal position and the goal went up to the scoreboard.
As the minutes passed, both teams began to show obvious signs of fatigue due to the high temperatures recorded in Budapest, above 30 degrees Celsius, and the game became more imprecise in the center of the field.
In one of their few approaches to the French area, Portugal again found a penalty in favor, in this case for a clear hand from Koundé after a lateral center from Ronaldo.
The Portuguese star’s pulse did not tremble and he returned to equalize in the electronic with his second goal, which served him to equal the mark of the Iranian Ali Daei (109 goals) as the best scorer in the history of the national teams.
France, despite being assured of qualification with Germany’s defeat against Hungary, did not lower their arms and launched, with an inspired Rabiot in front, to complete their comeback.
The goal could have arrived in the 66th minute after a spectacular shot by Pogba from outside the area, but Rui Patricio pulled out a saving hand and sent the ball to the crossbar, first, and then also cleared a second shot from Griezmann to the rebound.
After an intense game full of comings and goings, France and Portugal, aware of the draw of Germany that classified both teams, accepted the tables and waited without clear chances for the final whistle.
With this result, France has been first in the group with five points, followed by Germany with four and in third place Portugal, which with four points is possibly one of the best third parties.