Portugal 2-2 France: Ronaldo, Benzema on target as both teams progress into the last 16

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scored two goals each, as France and Portugal progress into the last 16.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal against France
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal against France

Portugal were held to a 2-2 draw against France in the European Championships earlier tonight.

A brace from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo helped share the spoils in a high octane Group F clash.

Both teams are now through to the next round of the competition, and here at Anytime football, we look at the three major talking points.

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to dazzle

The 36-year-old Portuguese international continues to put in remarkable performances week in week out for club and country.

Ronaldo scored two goals to secure a vital point for his side tonight, and he is now the top scorer in the European Championships.

The Juventus star is also the top scorer in men’s international football with 109 goals.

His quality and leadership will be vital for Portugal when they take on Belgium in the competition’s knockout rounds. 

France need more control in the midfield

The world champions have managed to qualify for the knockout rounds of the competition by picking up the most points in Group F, but they will have to improve if they want to win the tournament.

The French struggled to control the game against Hungary and Portugal, and Didier Deschamps will have to tweak his tactics in the latter stages of the competition.

Perhaps sacrificing an attacker to bring in another central midfielder will add more control and composure at the centre of the park.

The likes of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante struggled to assert themselves against Portugal tonight, and they will need more help.

Renato Sanches must start every game for Portugal

The 23-year-old midfielder made his first start in the European Championships tonight, and he produced a quality performance at the centre of the park.

Portugal decided to drop Bruno Fernandes for the vital Group F game against France, and the youngster justified his selection. He added control, drive and flair at the middle of the park – something Portugal have missed in their first two matches. 

Sanches had impressive cameos against Hungary and Germany as well, and Portugal would have surely performed a lot better in the group stages with him starting every game.