Cristiano Ronaldo moved to over six aims of the international century when he scored in a 3-0 win over Luxembourg on Friday that maintained the defending champions on route to its Euro 2020 finals. The veteran celebrity hit his 94th target for its Portuguese and took his general career tally into 699 when he found the goal in the second half once Bernardo Silva had opened the scoring in the first phase. The 3 factors kept Portugal in 2nd place in Group B, five factors behind Ukraine who conquered Lithuania 2-0.
“At the first 25 minutes we had been quite good, very lively and created opportunities,” explained Fernando Santos who was marking his fifth anniversary as Portugal coach.
“Then we dropped thickness, Luxembourg became comfortable but not generated chances. Following the rest, we began well and that I think we immediately controlled the match, but following the next aim, the players started thinking beforehand to Ukraine.”
Portugal went forward in the Estadio Jose Alvalade residence of Sporting Lisbon at the 16th minute. Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo’s attempt was only parried by Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Moris and also Manchester City midfielder Silva was available to sweep at the opener.
It was the second target in three internationals for Silva who came in Portugal beneath a cloud was charged with misconduct by the English Football Association within a contentious social networking article comparing City teammate Benjamin Mendy using a dark cartoon character.
In the opposite end, it was not until the 35th minute that Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio was called into action for the first time to refuse Vincent Thill, whose brother Olivier was likewise in the Luxembourg beginning line-up.
But he made no error at the 65th minute when he took his international tally to 94 because he stole the ball off Maxime Chanot before lobbing it on Moris.
The 34-year-old has become only 15 goals supporting the all-time global listing of 109 held by former Iran striker Ali Daei.
There was time for Portugal to bring a third in the dying minutes through Goncalo Guedes.