Cr7 reaches 111 goals. Portugal win 2-1 in Group A to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar 2022
Magical and slightly crazy evening for Cristiano Ronaldo who became the all-time top scorer in international football by scoring two goals in seven minutes and giving Portugal a 2-1 comeback victory over Ireland in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers in Qatar 2022. Manchester United striker had a penalty saved in the first half following a Jeff Hendrick foul on Bruno Fernandes. John Egan led Ireland with a header on a corner kick at the stroke of half-time after Diogo Jota hit the post for the hosts.
It looked like it was going to be a frustrating night for Ronaldo and his team before the 36-year-old equalized the score in the 89th minute by breaking Iranian Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals with a massive header. He then doubled up with a photocopied goal in the sixth minute of added time to score goal number 111 and give his Portugal three points. Ireland are in last place in Group A with zero points in three games. Portugal lead with 10 points after four games, three ahead of Serbia, who have played one game less.
Among the big matches of the evening, spotlights also on France-Bosnia (group D) and Norway-Holland (group G). Both matches end in a draw, 1-1. Deschamps’ France, long outnumbered, responds to the goal of Dzeko’s momentary advantage with Griezmann’s goal. In the match between Norway and the Netherlands, on 20 ‘Haaland gave the hosts the lead with a shot from the edge of the area and left a left that pierced Bijlow. At 37 ‘comes the reaction Oranje with Klaassen who throws a powerful right in the center of the goal that leaves no chance for Hansen.
In group F Denmark wins again, regulating Scotland with a sharp 2-0 thanks to goals from Wass and Maehle. Successes also for Israel (4-0 at home to the Faroe Islands), Malta (3-0 against Cyprus), Latvia (3-1 in Gibraltar) and Luxembourg (2-1 in Azerbaijan) and Austria, which wins in Moldova (2-0, goals by Baumgartner and Arnautovic). Montenegro (Marusic’s goal) signs the 2-2 in Istanbul in full recovery. In the afternoon 2-2 between Kazakhstan and Ukraine, with the guests who let Valiullin catch up in the 96 ‘after having been ahead twice thanks to Yaremchuk (2’) and Sikan (93 ‘).
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