PARIS: Cristiano Ronaldo emerged the all-time leading scorer in men’s international football after scoring twice as Portugal beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1.
Defending champions France were tied 1-1 by Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the European zone.
A day after completing his return to Manchester United, Ronaldo saw his penalty saved by young goalkeeper Gavin Bazuni in Faro before Ireland took the lead through a John Egan header late in the first half.
As Stephen Kenny’s side came so close to ending the game with a win, Ronaldo blasted home an equalizer in the 89th minute that surpassed Iranian legend Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals.
The 36 -year -old then ensured Portugal’s three points in the sixth minute of injury time, jumping high to head home a Joao Mario pass.
“This record is mine and it’s unique. I’m very happy and it’s another one for my career,” said Ronaldo who has now amassed 111 international goals.
The five -time Ballon d’Or winner also equaled Sergio Ramos’ record of 180 European appearances.
Portugal currently lead Group A with 10 points from four matches. Only the group champions automatically qualify for the finals in Qatar next year, while the runners-up go through the play-offs.
France, playing for the first time since losing to Switzerland at Euro 2020, fell behind in Strasbourg thanks to a goal by Edin Dzeko but bounced back to equalize through Antoine Griezmann.
France leads Group D by four points over Ukraine.