Faro: Cristiano Ronaldo became the record goalscorer in European Championship football as Portugal beat Armenia 1-0 in Faro. The Real Madrid forward took his tally in qualifying and tournament matches to 23, passing Dahl Tomasson's total with a close-range finish on 71 minutes.

Cristiano Ronaldo. Pic/AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo. Pic/AFP 

The goal came as substitute Ricardo Quaresma cut into the right side of the penalty area, and his angled drive was beaten away by the goalkeeper.

However, Nani was able to get a foot in before Armenia could clear and stabbed the ball out left to Ronaldo, who swept it past Roman Berezovsky at the far post.

The victory sees Fernando Santos's side get their Group I campaign back on track to move a point behind Denmark, who won 3-1 in Serbia, but have played one match more. Portugal suffered a shock defeat against Albania in Aveiro in their opening qualifier.

After the game, Ronaldo said: "The record? It's just another one. I knew it would come sooner or later. I still have a lot of games to play. I'm happy, mainly because I broke the record in front of our fans. It' s a special moment."