The group stage of the 2020 European Championship ended on Wednesday with one of the most dramatic nights of international football in recent times, all four teams from Group F vied for qualifications simultaneously.
Germany were almost heading to the exit door but a late Goretzka’s equaliser clinched Germany a 2-2 draw against Hungary and a second-placed Group F finish on a roller-coaster night in Munich.
Cristiano Ronaldo made sure Portugal scramble into the knockout phase with two penalties to cancel out a brace from France’s Karim Benzema in an enthralling 2-2 draw that sent both sides into the last 16 in a breathless conclusion to Group F on Wednesday.
Ronaldo grabbed the headlines again as he equaled the world record 109 international goals scored by Iran’s Ali Daei.
France topped Group F on 5 points, Germany followed second on 4 points and holders Portugal were pitched the third best to advance from the Group of Death into the knockout phase.
France, Germany and Portugal still face tougher test as they head into the final 16 round.
France avoided a Wembley clash with England and instead will take on Switzerland after topping Group F.
Germany will next face England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday whiles Portugal seek to retain their title when they begin the second round campaign against Belgium.
Germany 2 – 2 Hungary
Portugal 2 – 2 France
Group F Standings
ROUND OF 16 STARTS (Saturday 26 June 2021)
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Mark F. | SilverFM