BUDAPEST: Cristiano Ronaldo completed two penalties to equal the international top scorer and help defending champions Portugal advance to the last 16 after tying France 2-2 in action in Budapest.
Portugal will face world number one Belgium in the knockout stages in Seville on Monday morning.
Fernando Santos’ men advanced as one of the top four teams for two consecutive campaigns behind France and Germany who only qualified through a dramatic 2-2 result against Hungary in Munich.
Ronaldo put his side ahead just after half an hour of play through his first penalty, before France bounced back to blast home two goals through Karim Benzema.
However, while Portugal looked set to be knocked out as Hungary at the time were ahead of Germany, Ronaldo won a penalty for Portugal which he completed with 30 minutes left in the game.
The Juventus striker’s fifth goal in the group stage allowed him to collect 14 goals in the European Championship and equal the international scoring record of Iranian striker Ali Daei.
France, who are also world champions, will face Switzerland in Budapest next week.