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Karim Benzema revealed he was starting to feel the pressure

Thu 24 June 2021 | 6:09

Real Madrid striker has revealed he was starting to feel the pressure of a goal drought before breaking through against Portugal in a 2-2 group stage draw.

"[

I felt] much joy and pride after scoring,"

Benzema said on 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

"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 added:

"I never doubted myself, but I knew there were expectations of me from the country. I managed to score and I’m going to savour it with everybody

."

With two goals scored by 33-year-old Benzema last night, he became the oldest player in the history of the French national team, scoring more than one goal in one game in a major tournament.

France will face Switzerland in the last 16.

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