His colleague, Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann, was right in recent days, as he has been repeating in press conferences that his rival in Real Madrid, “Once he scores one goal, he will open the tap and the goals will flow.”
The French national team playmaker, smiling, did not want to worry that his colleague would fail to score since his unexpected call-up to the ranks of the world champions to participate in the European Cup, after a long exclusion due to the sex tape of his former international compatriot Mathieu Valbuena. KB9 responded to his teammate in cold blood on the floor of the Puskas Arena in Budapest. Without trembling, he first translated a penalty kick taken by Kylian Mbappe in the second minute of overtime for the first half into the equalizer (1-1).
It is Benzema’s first goal in his third participation in the continental championship (he fasted for scoring in 2008 and 2012 and missed the 2016 edition) and the first since his return to the French national team after being excluded due to the Valbuena tape scandal, and the first in his country’s colors since the eighth of October 2015, that is, five years and 258 Yuma, when he scored the double of Armenia’s goal in Nice in his last match before his legal problems and his exclusion from the “Blue” squad.
Then Benzema gave his country a lead (2-1), two minutes after the start of the second half, after receiving a ball on a plate behind the Portuguese defense from Paul Pogba, so he penetrated into the area and shot it crawling with his right to the left of goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Benzema said in a press statement, “I think everyone was expecting that (scoring goals), there was this pressure on me from all over the country, but I am a football player, a professional, I need this pressure too, I am happy to score goals,” adding, “In addition to that.” We qualified.”
And by coincidence, the Hungarian capital, specifically its “Puskas Arena” stadium, was the scene of two contradictory events for the royal club’s top scorer! In early June, Benzema missed a penalty kick in the preparatory match against Wales (3-0), before the post prevented him from hitting the net.
On Wednesday, he managed to score from a penalty kick, and the right post helped him score the second goal. “Everyone misses penalties,” the 33-year-old striker told AFP after returning to the French national team. Tell me a player will not miss any one! I will work on it more and more. not a problem”. It was necessary to wait until the third match of the group stage to see the heart of the French attack finally liberated, by scoring a double that raised his international goal yield to 29 goals.