The EC Tribune of 24 June: "I don't get warm from this France"

“Portugal-France finished 2-2. Of course it was exciting, but I don’t get excited about France. I still have question marks, even if they don’t lose”, Stef Wijnants opens the debate.

“Portugal will be a tough job for our Red Devils anyway, because the Portuguese can do better than what they have shown.”

Nicolas De Brabander: “Renato Sanches was strong. It was no surprise that Bruno Fernandes ended up on the bench. How decisive it is for Manchester United, he was so absent from this European Championship in the first two games. Against Belgium I expect Sanches and Moutinho.”

Wijnants: “At a certain point it will of course run out at Bruno Fernandes. Since he came to United, he always plays. That takes energy. And together in a team with Bernardo Silva was perhaps a bit too much of a good thing.”

Of the 4 goals in Portugal-France, three were scored from the spot. Cristiano Ronaldo converted two penalties for the Portuguese, in the next round the opponent of Belgium.

Stef Wijnants: “At this European Championship so many penalties are missed, but Ronaldo does not think about that for a moment. It is so difficult at this European Championship, but not for him.”

Nicolas De Brabander: “Ronaldo broke another record today: he is now the only European to have scored 21 goals in World Cups and European Championships combined, surpassing Miroslav Klose.”

Other fun themes in the European Championship Tribune:
– “Benzema was good at what he did, but he needs to be served”
– “The French no longer play in a diamond, but in a 4-2-3-1”
– “I think Sané gave every pass wrong”

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