Cristiano Ronaldo became the All-time top international goalscorer in Portugal’s 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland.
Ronaldo previously shared the 109-goal record with Iran’s Ali Daei. But, a brace last night saw the Portuguese take his tally to 111 international goals, claiming the record for himself.
The record goalscorer saw a penalty saved by 19-year-old goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu early in the first half. Referee Matej Jug pointed to the spot after Jeff Hendrick was adjudged to have fouled Bruno Fernandes in the box. The decision took some time, but was finally given in favour of the Portuguese. The young goalkeeper pulled off an impressive save to deny Ronaldo – a moment he will never forget. Irish defender John Egan then put his team ahead with a header from a corner just before the break.
Never count Cristiano Ronaldo out
Portugal however, dominated proceedings and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions. A 28th minute cross from Joao Cancelo saw Diogo Jota’s header hit the post. With around 16 minutes remaining, Bernardo Silva found himself in space at the far post, but failed to convert as he blazed the ball high over the bar. Portugal looked to be running out of options. But, you could never count them out with Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch.
The 36-year-old almost single-handedly rescued his side from the jaws of defeat. Two late goals, one in the 89th minute and the other in the sixth minute of stoppage time, saw Cristiano Ronaldo secure victory for Portugal in inevitable fashion. Just as it seemed Stephen Kenny’s Ireland were on course for a famous win, two quick-fire goals from Ronaldo crushed their hopes.
After scoring the match-winner, Cristiano removed his shirt and held it up to the crowd – letting everyone know that he is not finished just yet. Manchester United fans seeing Ronaldo score goals in ‘Fergie time’ is sure to excite them following his return to Old Trafford.
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