UEFA Euro 2020

Karim Benzema scores twice in the same second against Portugal

Tom Gott
Karim Benzema made a unique bit of history against Portugal
Karim Benzema made a unique bit of history against Portugal / Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Wednesday's 2-2 draw between France and Portugal provided us with a unique bit of history that will make an excellent pub quiz answer somewhere down the line.

Which player once scored two goals in the exact same second of a match?

Your answer? Karim Benzema.

Benzema scored both of his side's goals in the game, equalising from the penalty spot in the first half before firing Les Bleus ahead with an impressive strike in the second 45... and somehow, both came in the exact same second.

When Benzema fired home his penalty in first-half stoppage time, the clock read 46:44. When he netted after the break, the clock also read 46:44.

Karim Benzema
Both Benzema's goals came in the same second of the match / Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Yep, that's two goals in the exact same second... technically.

The goals were Benzema's first since returning to the France setup this summer. He had been out in the cold since October 2015, and the Real Madrid man confessed he was feeling the pressure of it being such a high-profile return.

"[I felt] much joy and pride after scoring," Benzema told beIN Sports. "Everyone was waiting for it. There was that pressure on me, but I'm a football player, a professional and I feed off of that.

Karim Benzema
Benzema felt under pressure to perform / Franck Fife - Pool/Getty Images

"It's nice to score, and in addition we are qualified. I wanted to score in this team because I know that goals are very important in this competition."

He also told TF1: “There is so much pressure on me. I feel a huge expectation from the whole country, which is normal for me after five or six years of waiting to come back. Today I scored, and I will savour this feeling with everyone."

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