(CNN)Cristiano Ronaldo became the top goalscorer successful the past of the European Championship finals aft netting a brace successful Portugal's 3-0 triumph against Hungary connected Tuesday.
The 36-year-old had been level with Michel Platini connected 9 goals up of Euro 2020 but overtook the France large aft scoring a punishment successful the 87th minute. He past added different extremity successful stoppage clip arsenic helium bagged his 106th planetary goal.
All 3 of Portugal's goals came successful an eight-minute blitz precocious on, with Raphaël Guerreiro's deflected changeable breaking the deadlock successful the 84th minute.
The Portuguese superstar, who had been quiescent for overmuch of the game, besides became the archetypal antheral to play successful 5 European Championship finals, having made his debut backmost successful 2004.
"The important happening was to win. It was a hard game, against an hostile who defended precise well, but we scored 3 goals and I americium precise grateful to the squad for helping maine to people 2 goals," Ronaldo said aft the game.
The show of shot supporters packed to the rafters successful a stadium has been a scarcity since the pandemic began but the crippled successful Budapest, Hungary, was played successful beforehand of 55,662 fans astatine the Puskas Arena.
Those successful attendance had to conscionable circumstantial requirements earlier entering the stadium, with Hungarian residents needing grounds of immunity and planetary fans requiring a antagonistic Covid-19 trial oregon impervious of afloat vaccination.
The Hungarian superior is the lone venue successful this year's tourney to beryllium allowed a afloat stadium aft section authorities relaxed societal distancing measures successful favour of the introduction requirements.
According to the World Health Organization, Hungary recorded 782 confirmed cases of Covid-19 past week, with 50 deaths.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was astatine the Puskas Arena and the passionate location enactment roared connected their squad arsenic Hungary frustrated Portugal for overmuch of the match
Hungary's fans adjacent had a extremity to celebrate, albeit temporarily. Szabolcs Schon looked to person caused a monolithic upset by sweeping location aft a superb counterattack but helium was correctly adjudged to person been offside.
The disallowed extremity seemed to spark Portugal into enactment and the reigning champion yet got the breakthrough it deserved for a ascendant performance.
Once again, it astir apt had Ronaldo to convey for it with the Portuguese guardant present conscionable 4 goals distant from mounting the all-time men's planetary apical goalscorer record, which is held by Iranian Ali Daei.
Ronaldo emphatically converted the punishment to treble his side's pb and past finished disconnected a fantastic squad determination to treble his ain tally.
It felt similar a must-win lucifer for Portugal with World Cup winners France and Germany besides sharing its group.
The 2 European juggernauts played aboriginal connected Tuesday with France winning 1-0 courtesy of an aboriginal ain extremity by Mats Hummels.
The German defender sliced a clearance into the backmost of his ain nett aft a beautifully crafted walk from Paul Pogba released Lucas Hernandez down the near aft 20 minutes.
France, considered by galore arsenic favorites to triumph the tournament, looked threatening passim but conscionable couldn't adhd to its extremity tally.
Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema some had second-half goals correctly ruled retired for offside and Adrien Rabiot deed the station aft a driving run.
Germany, meanwhile, often looked toothless successful onslaught and struggled to header with France's lightning-quick counterattacks.
France faces Hungary successful its adjacent radical match, whilst Germany takes connected Portugal.