EURO 2020: Ronaldo Bags Historic Brace for Portugal; France Beats Germany in Thriller

EURO 2020: Ronaldo Bags Historic Brace for Portugal; France Beats Germany in Thriller Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, French players celebrating (Photo Credit: EURO 2020 Twitter)

New Delhi: Defending champions Portugal began their campaign with a 3-0 win against Hungary on Tuesday in the ongoing Euro 2020 as Cristiano Ronaldo broke yet another goalscoring record on the night.

After a cagey first half, Portugal managed to break the deadlock late in the 84th minute through Raphael Guerreiro. This opened the floodgates as the iconic Portuguese no.7 then went on to bag a brace in the next 5 mins.

Ronaldo, who was also playing his record fifth European Championship tournament, grabbed the headline with his two goals as it took him to 11 — the most goals scored in the Euro’s history. With this feat, the 36-year-old overtook former French forward Michel Platini (9) on the list.

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Later on in the day, Euro 2016 finalists France took on Germany in a much-anticipated thriller super-star. The heavyweight clash in Group F turned out to be a little bit sluggish at times with chances in scarcity till the full-time.

The game did not start well for Germany, who went 1-0 down in the 20th minute of the match after Mats Hummels poked the ball into his own net.

Didier Deschamps’ side showed tremendous discipline on both corners of the pitch but saw two of their goals ruled out for offside in the second half from their premier forwards Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema.

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Paul Pogba in the French midfield particularly caught the eye with a stellar display in the middle of the park. The 28-year-old also picked up the Star of the Match award after the game for his top-notch performance on the night.

Both Germany and France managed just one shot on target each in the entire game which is also the lowest total in a European Championship game for the French since 2012 (against Spain), and for the Germans since 2008 (also against Spain).

As a result, Portugal now sits top of Group F with France in second – based on goal difference. Meanwhile, Germany and Hungary stand 3rd and 4th with zero points.

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