Cristiano Ronaldo, the newest Manchester United signing, made history as Portugal came from behind to defeat the Republic of Ireland. Elsewhere in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers, Luxemburg also beat Azerbaijan, and by the same score – 2-1. Among other groups’ World Cup football news, Portugal and Luxemburg won 2-1 in Group A over Ireland and Azerbaijan respectively.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time leading goal scorer in men’s international football history with a late double in this match.
Because of his brace, Portugal defeated the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in World Cup qualifying Group A.
Ronaldo, who returned to Manchester United this week (football transfers), had earlier missed a penalty chance, that Gavin Bazunu saved. This cost the 36-year-old a chance to go ahead of Iran legend Ali Daei.
After John Egan put them ahead shortly before half-time, Stephen Kenny’s side could take full advantage of the reprieve.
But Ronaldo, as is so often the case, had the final say, drawing his team level with an 89th-minute header.
Still, his record-breaking 110th international goal wasn’t enough, because he went on to score a brace.
Ronaldo sealed a memorable win in the dying embers of stoppage time with another trademark headed finish.
Here are the match highlights from this turnaround thriller, which ended 2-1. Luxemburg also triumphed 2-1 over Azerbaijan in the same Group A.
World Cup Football News – Portugal and Luxemburg Won 2-1 in Group A:
Luxemburg 2 – 1 Azerbaijan
Portugal 2 – 1 Ireland
Goals: 0 – 1 Egan 45, 1 – 1 Ronaldo 89, 2 – 1 Ronaldo 90+6
Bookings: Ronaldo; Hendrick, O’Shea, Conolly, Doherty
Portugal: Patricio, Guerreiro, Dias, Pepe, Cancelo, Silva, Palhinha, Fernandes, Silva, Jota, Ronaldo
Substitutions: Guedes, Mario, Mendes, Moutinho, Silva
Ireland: Bazunu, Duffy, O’Shea, Egan, Coleman, Hendrick, Cullen, McGarth, Doherty, Connolly, Idah
Substitutions: McClean, Collins, Molumby, Omobamidele