Euro 2020: Record-breaking Ronaldo resembles Ali Daei’s landmark, Portugal’s advance

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Cristiano Ronaldo set the men’s overall record with two penalties with 109 goals and Portugal moved into the second round of the European Championship on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw with France.

Ronaldo’s leading fourth and fifth goals put him on par with former Iranian striker Ali Daei at 109, while increasing his overall tournament record to 14.

Karim Benzema scored both of France’s goals, his first ever at the tournament after failing to find the goal at Euro 2008 and 2012.

Defending champions Portugal finished third in the group, one place behind Germany. France, which had already qualified, went first.

Ronaldo scored the opening goal in the 31st minute and equalized in the 60th minute after Benzema brought World Cup champions France 2-1 ahead shortly after half-time.

🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo = Portugal legend 💪

🔝 First Portuguese player to score in all 3 group matches at a EURO
🔥 48 goals in his last 45 international appearances
😮 7 goals in Portugal’s last 4 EURO group games # EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/0eaj5OWi2S

– UEFA EURO 2020 (@ EURO2020) June 23, 2021

Benzema also scored a penalty in stoppage time in the first half after Kylian Mbappe was fouled. It was Benzema’s first international goal in almost six years after losing his place on the team after an argument with coach Didier Deschamps.

The French will face Switzerland next in the next round, while Portugal will face Belgium.

Highlights:

SPAIN 5, SLOVAKIA 0

An embarrassing own goal by Slovak goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka in the first half set Spain on the path to a 5-0 win.

Dúbravka parried an early penalty from Álvaro Morata, but threw the ball awkwardly into his own net after rebounding high into the air after a shot by Pablo Sarabia on 30 minutes.

Aymeric Laporte extended Spain’s lead before half-time, and Sarabia, Ferran Torres and another second-half own goal made the five for “La Roja”, who was out of the way in front of their own fans.

The win allowed Spain to move up to second place in Group E with five points. On Monday the team will play against Croatia in Copenhagen for the next time.

🔢 This is how the four best third-placed winners are determined 👇 # EURO2020

– UEFA EURO 2020 (@ EURO2020) June 23, 2021

GERMANY 2, HUNGARY 2

Leon Goretzka scored late to keep Germany in the EM after beating Hungary 2-2.

Jamal Musiala immediately scored after being substituted on in the 82nd minute by evading three defenders to give Timo Werner some leeway. Werner was blocked, but the rebound fell for Goretzka, who shot past goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi in the 84th goal.

It looked like Ádám Szalai would pull his team into the round of 16. The Hungarian captain scored an early goal against the course of the game and prepared András Schäfer to make it 2-1 for Germany after Kai Havertz equalized.

Germany finished second in the group with four points and will face England on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium.

SWEDEN 3, POLAND 2

Viktor Claesson scored a 3-2 win for Sweden over Poland in the fourth minute of stoppage time and took first place in Group E.

Robert Lewandowski scored two goals for Poland but embarrassingly missed two header goals in about two seconds.

After a corner from the crossbar, the ball bounced back directly on Lewandowski, who only headed the ball on the same place on the goal frame. Then the ball got caught between his legs and then went through the legs of Poland’s team-mate Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Emil Forsberg had already scored for Sweden at this point, the second fastest goal in tournament history after 81 seconds. He added a second after a counterattack in the 59th.

Sweden will face Ukraine in Glasgow on Tuesday.

Lewandowski leaves Euro 2020 with three goals, his best performance at a World Cup or European Championship.