LISBON: Cristiano Ronaldo moved to 6 goals of his international century when he scored in a 3-0 win over Luxembourg on Friday which kept the champions on course for the Euro 2020 finals.
The veteran star hit his 94th goals for the Portuguese and took his general profession to count to 699 when he found the aim in the second half after Bernardo Silva had opened the scoring in the 1st period.
Ronaldo closer to the century of international goals in Portugal
The three points kept Portugal in the 2nd place in Group B, five behind Ukraine who beaten Lithuania 2-0.
The two meet in Kyiv on Monday.
“In the initial 25 minutes we were very dynamic, very good and made possibilities,” said Fernando Santos who was denoting his fifth anniversary as Portugal mentor.
“At that point, we lost depth, Luxembourg turned out to be comfortable yet never made chances. After the break, we began well and I think we immediately controlled the game, yet after the 2nd goal, the players began thinking ahead to Ukraine.”
Portugal proceeded at the Estadio Jose Alvalade home of Sporting Lisbon in the sixteenth minute.
Barcelona protector Nelson Semedo’s exertion was just parried by Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Moris and Manchester City midfielder Silva was available to clear in the opener.
At the opposite end, it wasn’t until the 35th moment that Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio was called into the action just because to deny Vincent Thill, whose sibling Olivier was additionally in Luxembourg starting line-up.
Ronaldo had his first possibility of the 2nd half however his overhead kick was effectively managed by Moris.
In any case, he committed no mistake in the 65th minute when he took his international count to 94 as he took the ball off Maxime Chanot before hurling it over Moris.
The 34-year-old is currently only 15 goals behind the all-time international record of 109 held by previous Iran striker Ali Daei.