- Cristiano Ronaldo broke another international goalscoring record on a wild night at Euro 2020.
- The 36-year-old scored twice as Portugal saw out a dramatic 2-2 draw with France.
- Elsewhere, minnows Hungary came close to eliminating Germany only to be denied by a late goal.
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Cristiano Ronaldo broke yet another international goalscoring record as Portugal progressed to the last-16 of Euro 2020 on a wild, topsy-turvy night in Group F.
The 36-year-old scored two penalties as Portugal 2-2 drew with France to send both nations into the tournament’s knockout rounds.
His first from the spot came in the 30th minute after France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was adjudged to have punched Portugal’s Danilo while attempting to clear to a corner.
The goal saw Ronaldo become the record European goalscorer in major international tournaments, just days after his brace against Hungary saw him become the European championships all-time top goal-getter.
Karim Benzema’s brace then saw France take the lead, before Ronaldo again scored from 10.97m on the hour mark to level.
The Juventus star’s second strike saw him tie the record for the most international goals scored ever. Both he and Iran’s Ali Daei’s have now managed 109 each.
“Congratulations team!” Ronaldo said on Instagram after the draw. “Thank you all for your unconditional support!”
-UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 23, 2021
Elsewhere in Group F on Wednesday, Hungary, one of the lowest ranked teams at the tournament, came within moments of eliminating international giant Germany, only to be denied by a late goal.
Germany needed to avoid defeat in order to progress, and things got off to a terrible start at the Allianz Arena when Hungary’s Adam Szalai opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a superb diving header.
Joachim Low’s side equalized through Chelsea’s Kai Havertz in the 66th minute, but then conceded again immediately after the restart.
With just six minutes left to play, midfielder Leon Goretzka then struck to level the scores, send Germany through, and break Hungary hearts.
“I’m very proud that we performed the way we did, but I’m disappointed at falling short,” Hungary’s Roland Sallai said after the match. “We’ve played ever so well. We can’t complain; we’re proud of how we’ve played.”
Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi said: “It’s hard to find words at the moment. We were so close to achieving something special, and naturally, I’m bitterly disappointed.”
More to follow.