Karim Benzema stated he was delighted to attain his first targets for France since 2015 in opposition to Portugal on Wednesday, as there was “a little pressure” on him throughout the nation.
The Real Madrid striker was introduced again for Euro 2020 by coach Didier Deschamps after a five-and-a-half yr exile from worldwide soccer over his alleged function in a blackmail plot.
Benzema failed to attain in his first 4 matches since returning for France, who received the 2018 World Cup with out him.
But he netted a first-half penalty within the ultimate Group F recreation in opposition to Portugal earlier than slotting in a second to finish his lengthy wait.
“A lot of joy, a lot of pride,” he stated to BeIN Sports.
“I think everyone was waiting for it. There was a little pressure on me from all over the country but I’m a footballer, a professional — I need that pressure.”
A 2-2 draw, which additionally noticed Cristiano Ronaldo rating twice to equal the all-time worldwide goalscoring report, despatched France by as group winners.
Deschamps’ males will face Switzerland within the final 16 on Monday in Bucharest.
“He (Benzema) was looking for that. He hasn’t lost his confidence, or mine,” Deschamps instructed TF1.
“We will recover well and then we’ll prepare for that (Switzerland game) as well as possible.”