Portugal kept their European Championship defence alive as a 2-2 draw with World Champions France was enough to see them qualify for the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed sides, exactly how they progressed in 2016’s eventual tournament victory.

Here’s the PortuGOAL verdict on how the players performed on a high pressure occasion in Budapest.

 

XI

Rui Patrício - 8 (out of 10)

Good save early on to deny Mbappe, and little chance with the goals (although maybe should have listened to Pepe’s advice for Benzema’s penalty!). Arguably produced the moment of the match for Portugal with a sensational double save, clawing out Pogba’s long ranger before brilliantly parrying Griezmann’s follow up.

Nélson Semedo - 8

Under big pressure again after being singled out by many for his part in the Germany defeat. Showed his mental strength though with another very good display after his fine opener against Hungary, linking well with Bernardo Silva on the right flank in the first half and generally handling Mbappe's threat pretty well. Extremely harsh decision to be penalised for France’s equaliser. Subbed due to injury.


Draw with France sees Portugal through to round of Last 16


Raphaël Guerreiro - 6

Passing a little sloppy early on but he progressively settled down to have a solid, unspectacular performance.

Pepe - 7

Rock solid again, monitoring Benzema very well for the majority.

Rúben Dias - 6

Looked a little flustered at times but in general he did ok. Was caught a little on his heels for Benzema’s second goal though.

Danilo Pereira - 7

Effective screening job of the back four and showed good bravery to win the penalty for the opening goal of the game. Seemed to be subbed due to physical issues occurring from winning said spot-kick.

João Moutinho - 7

Some nice moments in the first half, passing the ball well and his set piece led to the first goal. Shooting was wayward when he had the chance and he had a quieter second half but overall a good performance.

Renato Sanches - 8 MOTM

Many Portugal fans were hoping for him to get his chance in the XI and he took it superbly. Always positive, immense strength on the ball and he used it very well throughout too. Even in occasional moments of lost possession his reactions and willingness to retrieve the ball were also highly impressive.

Bernardo Silva - 6

Better, albeit in the context of two very poor displays previously. First half he linked well with Semedo at times and passed and dribbled well on occasion. Faded considerably in the second period though.

Diogo Jota - 5

Worked hard and was disciplined throughout. Barely featured in the second half out on the left wing and overall he blended into the background somewhat.

Cristiano Ronaldo - 7

Tucked away two pressure penalties in confident fashion, which was enough to see the team through. Patchy elsewhere, some decent passing at times.


“The game against Germany served as a lesson” - Portugal 2-2 France match reaction


SUBS

João Palhinha - 6

Lost Pogba to allow a dangerous oppportunity. Settled down thereafter though and shored up the game to a decent effect.

Bruno Fernandes - 5

Didn’t add much to the game when he came on.

Rúben Neves - 5 

Did what was asked of him after coming on, not really in it too much.

Diogo Dalot - n/a

Not enough time for rating.

Sérgio Oliveira - n/a

Not enough time for rating.

 

By Jamie Farr

@FRfutebolJamie

 

Related: 

Hungary 0-3 Portugal player ratings

Portugal 2-4 Germany player ratings

 

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Heart stopping stuff particularly at 2-1 and Germany loosing.

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Jamie, I think all of your ratings are spot on, with the exception of Palhinha. I thought he was magnificent when he came on in the second half. His passing range and tackling ability was fantastic. I would have given him a 7, and I hope we see...

Jamie, I think all of your ratings are spot on, with the exception of Palhinha. I thought he was magnificent when he came on in the second half. His passing range and tackling ability was fantastic. I would have given him a 7, and I hope we see more of him against Belgium.

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I've ripped Santos after the last two matches here, so let me say Santos was spot on today. He finally started Renato and the midfield was great. I'd have preferred Bruno but Moutinho did well. Danilo and Paulinha could then play back put out...

I've ripped Santos after the last two matches here, so let me say Santos was spot on today. He finally started Renato and the midfield was great. I'd have preferred Bruno but Moutinho did well. Danilo and Paulinha could then play back put out fires and start easy transitions. If Portugal plays like this I think they'll get through. Denmark took it to Belgium but didn't finish chances. We should. So well done Santos.

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Renato Sanches was superb. He needs to be starting each and every game for us. Such a massive step up from Bruno Fernandes. Moutinho, Semedo, and Pepe also looked solid. Ronaldo did very little in possession, but his penalties were clutch.

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I've criticized Santos here after first two games, so let me say he was spot on. Glad he brought on Remark, midfield played well. I'd have preferred Bruno but Mounting played well. Danilo and Paulinha could then sit back put out fires and have...

I've criticized Santos here after first two games, so let me say he was spot on. Glad he brought on Remark, midfield played well. I'd have preferred Bruno but Mounting played well. Danilo and Paulinha could then sit back put out fires and have easy transitions. If we play like this vs Belgium I think we'll go through. Denmark took it to Belgium but didn't take chances. Hopefully we should. So well done Santos

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Finally a performance to be proud of. Great work out there.
Personally I agree with the ratings in this article.

Santos made two changes, and what a difference those two changes made. Sanches (who was an obvious pick from day 1 I think) proves...

Finally a performance to be proud of. Great work out there.
Personally I agree with the ratings in this article.

Santos made two changes, and what a difference those two changes made. Sanches (who was an obvious pick from day 1 I think) proves how important he is to our squad. He adds an energy and tenacity to this squad that no one else can provide. It’s huge his ability to just rip up field.

Then we have Moutinho. No one wanted him. Most didn’t even want him called up (preposterous). I personally didn’t think he would be used as starter material. However, he brings a calmness and control to our midfield that others have failed to produce. More importantly he was actively involved in playing in our midfield. Crazy what a difference it makes when you play a match 11v11 instead of 10v11 with some stranger named Bruno Fernandes watching the game on the field.

Another thing to point out is Semedo. He was made to be the scapegoat of the media, of this site (and many others), etc. Yet many failed to realize that his situation against Germany was always a losing one. There is no player on this planet, no matter how good they are, who can cover two players at once. See what happens when your fullback gets supported by your midfield or winger? Seemed to me the highly rated Mbappe (who many clamour as the best there is) and his talented teammates were kept rather quiet for the most part, largely in thanks to the work of our players there outwide, especially Semedo!

Bruno made another cameo today (fortunately not from the start), but proved once again how utterly harmful he is to the squad. May be fantastic for his club, but he is a massive hindrance on this squad. He has been absolutely horrid and did not deserve to make it anywhere near this match. If need be, he can sit the whole damn tournament. Perhaps he’ll get it through his head, either bring your game or we can find anyone else to fill your role.

Generally positive performance. There was a thing here or there that may need addressing, but let’s focus on more positives today after that awful match vs Germany lol.

Now it’s do or die. One game at a time we’ll go. We’ll start with Belgium. They have talented players sure, but they aren’t as cohesive as many seem to think. Furthermore, their defence can be quite susceptible if challenged. Let’s get this victory. Play intelligently. Be solid. Bring home that win.

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THANK YOU. Finally someone else sees it for what it is. It was the same when Bayern killed Barca when he was there, or when he was in Barca in general. How much help do people think Messi, an aging Busquets, Pique, etc. were giving him? None. Yet...

THANK YOU. Finally someone else sees it for what it is. It was the same when Bayern killed Barca when he was there, or when he was in Barca in general. How much help do people think Messi, an aging Busquets, Pique, etc. were giving him? None. Yet he was expected to cover two players and bomb forward like Dani Alves at the same time. Barcelona 2020 isn't Barcelona 2010 people... It's all been so unfair to him.

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I agree with most of the comments here. I am glad Portugal are through but would have been very disappointed if they didn't advance. I feel if Santos keeps this lineup with some minor changes they can be a very dangerous side. The German game may...

I agree with most of the comments here. I am glad Portugal are through but would have been very disappointed if they didn't advance. I feel if Santos keeps this lineup with some minor changes they can be a very dangerous side. The German game may be their wake up call, and we all know sometimes teams need to to go through some trials and tribulations. I would start Paulinha, I think he showed enough to warrant it and can provide stability and agression that is very much needed. I would keep Bruno on the bench, he has been very disappointing and can't risk another poor performance. I am not sure what do with Bernardo. We all know his skill, but he lacks the will to impose himself on the game. It's very disheartening that a player with that much skill can be so ineffective. I would start Gueddes for some more speed on the wing.
I was calling for Sanches to start from the beginning of the tournament because I think he has the skill and strength on the ball that nobody else has. Glad to see Santos finally realized it. Anyway on to Sunday... Forca Portugal.

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Does anybody know when Joao Cancelo will return?

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He went home

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Yeah he can not return for the tournament since he was tested positive after the start of it. Very unfair IMHO.

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All good ratings except:

Palhinha was a 7, did very well for his first big match.

Bruno Fernandes was a -1, absolutely horrible for the time he came on

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Good bounce back game

I thought Portugal put in a master class collectively on the defensive end. We handled Mbappe very well and one could see France losing their temper as the match wore on. I will congratulate Santos for not only starting...

Good bounce back game

I thought Portugal put in a master class collectively on the defensive end. We handled Mbappe very well and one could see France losing their temper as the match wore on. I will congratulate Santos for not only starting Renato who was an absolute monster in midfield but having the sight to bring on Moutinho. We wouldn't see half of what we saw without the contributions of a man previously dubbed the "Portuguese Xavi", although in my mind there's no such thing. Xavi is simply the Spanish counterfeit version of Moutinho - Portugal's unsung hero for many years.. and he's directly responsible for the passes which led to both penalties and should be a lock to start against Belgium.

I'd say Portugal were proficient in possession apart from Jota. Diogo Jota seemed to mess up our chances in the final third and gave the ball away too cheaply which hurt us tremendously. He should revert back to a more central position and only be set-up when he's making runs inside the box because his passing credentials are lacking. Aside from that, a near complete performance by our Selecção considering the opposition. This wasn't a perfect showing however due to the fact that Ronaldo roamed from end to end which meant most crosses into the box coming in from wide areas with nobody home. Andre Silva belonged in this match past the 70th instead we get Fernandes who flopped for the third straight time. Meanwhile, João Félix hasn't played a single minute all tournament. Guedes and Gonçalves didn't even make the team sheet. It's hard enough that we had to play Germany followed by the world champs and now we're tasked with overcoming the #1 ranked team in FIFA on 3 days rest. It's a big concern no question, more so when Santos is too naive to assemble our best attacking line-up. Portugal has the caliber to not be focused on eking out last-gasp extra time and penalty shootout wins but will he finally find the courage to go for it? First he's got to make these players available for selection.

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Supremogino, agree with you again. I love the energy of Renato. Jota passing is lacking. Moutinho provided stability in mid field. But I have to add and mention Rui's two saves. WOW! hero of the match. OK, with only 3 days...

Supremogino, agree with you again. I love the energy of Renato. Jota passing is lacking. Moutinho provided stability in mid field. But I have to add and mention Rui's two saves. WOW! hero of the match. OK, with only 3 days rest, we need to put in fresh legs. Yes to Joao Felix or Goncalves playing. Sorry but Bernardo just looks too tired out there and not providing the crosses he is capable of. Pedro G looks too tired also. Let Dalot play. We need big defenders against I wish Cancelo was back. Danilo needs a break too.

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