Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the men’s all-time international goalscoring record as defending champions Portugal drew 2-2 with France to qualify for the last 16 of Euro 2020 as one of the best third-placed teams.
France had already confirmed their last-16 spot ahead of the 2016 final repeat, but in greater need of points, Portugal – fresh from a 4-2 loss to Germany – could not afford another defeat.
In a cagey opening, Ronaldo nevertheless sniffed out a couple of early half chances and it wasn’t long before the Portuguese captain was on the scoresheet.
The Juventus striker gave Portugal the lead in the 31st minute from the spot after Hugo Lloris followed through on Danilo as he attempted to punch away a cross– his first-ever goal against Les Bleus.
Sitting deep, Portugal looked comfortable. However, on the stroke of half-time, France struck back. Karim Benzema equalised on the brink of half-time also from the spot after Nelson Semedo was adjudged to have blocked off Kylian Mbappe’s run in the box.
France looked to have turned the game around shortly after the restart, as Benzema squeezed in from Paul Pogba’s impeccable through ball.
But Ronaldo drew Portugal level when he won and converted a second penalty 13 minutes later. The striker’s second goal meant he equalled Ali Daei’s international world goalscoring record of 109 goals set with Iran between 1993 and 2006.
The result means that France topped the group, while Portugal finished as one of the four best third-place teams.
Elsewhere, Germany came back twice from behind to secure a 2-2 draw in a tantalising encounter against an enterprising Hungary team.
Germany’s ardour was dampened by heavy rain in Munich, and they trailed after 11 minutes. Hungary were lightning-quick on the counter, and Ádám Szalai – who plays his club football in Germany for Mainz -headed them in front, flinging himself at Roland Sallai’s superb ball from the right.
The hosts responded sharply; Mats Hummels headed against the crossbar from a Joshua Kimmich corner, and Matthias Ginter then fired straight at goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi from close range. However, Hungary looked to have weathered the storm, Sallai hammering a free-kick against the outside of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s post just after the hour
But Chelsea’s Kai Havertz equalised for Germany with a header in the 66th minute following an error by goalkeeper Gulacsi.
Germany fans were still celebrating when András Schäfer’s brave header in front of Neuer, who had come rushing off his line, put Hungary back in front just 16 minutes after the restart.
Things looked very grim indeed for Germany, but salvation came as Jamal Musiala pulled the ball back for Leon Goretzka to tee up Timo Werner. His shot was blocked but dropped kindly for Goretzka, who broke Hungarian hearts and ensured Die Mannschaft set up a mouth-watering match against England.