Ronaldo breaks record after billion-dollar snub, France beat Germany

Cristiano Ronaldo set the record for most career goals at the European Championship on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).

The Portugal great scored from the penalty spot in the 87th minute and then added another in injury time to give the defending champions a 3-0 victory over Hungary. In the day’s other match, Mats Hummels scored an own-goal and France beat Germany 1-0.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Portugal’s second goal in Budapest.Credit:Getty

That gave Ronaldo plenty of witnesses to history.

The 36-year-old forward was playing in his fifth European Championship, dating back to Euro 2004. He entered this year’s edition even with Michel Platini at nine goals, but that only lasted 87 minutes.

Ronaldo also became the only player to score at five consecutive European Championships.

He scored his first goal after Rafa Silva was fouled by Willi Orban in the area and the referee whistled for a penalty. Ronaldo, who had missed an easy chance near the end of the first half, shot to the right of goal and got his record.

Dejected German defender Mats Hummels after his own goal, which proved decisive, against France.Credit:Getty

The second came when he combined with Silva in front of goal and then skipped around Hungary keeper Peter Gulacsi before rolling the ball into an empty net with his left foot.

Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro scored the opening goal three minutes before Ronaldo’s first with a shot that deflected off a defender and wrong-footed Gulacsi.

Hummels hands Germany victory

Experienced defender Mats Hummels was attempting to stop Lucas Hernandez’s cross from reaching France forward Kylian Mbappe when he diverted the ball into his own net in the 20th minute in Munich.

Both teams had chances to score. Ilkay Gundogan wasted Germany’s best opportunity of the first half when he couldn’t direct his shot on target.

France twice put the ball in the net in the second half but both were called back for offside. Mbappe sent a curling shot inside the far post midway through the half and then set up Karim Benzema for another late in the match.

Germany had never previously lost an opening game in the group stage at the European Championships.

Before the match started, a Greenpeace protestor parachuted into the stadium.


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