In a dramatic turn of events, Cristiano Ronaldo gets an unreachable international milestone against Ireland during the World Cup Qualifiers.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal faced the Republic of Ireland today in the opening match of the World Cup Qualifiers with an international milestone included. At first, the local side didn’t seem like they would get past a defeat in front of their own crowd. The Irish squad proved to be a tough opponent despite their status as the visiting side. But the man of the evening was Ronaldo for both better and worse. He missed a penalty during the initial minutes of the first half that granted Ireland the confidence boost they needed.
Young goalie Gavin Bazunu will get a chance to tell his grandkids that he denied Ronaldo a historic record from the spot. That’s right, tonight was supposed to be the night in which Cristiano surpassed Ali Daei’s 109 international goals. But after that missed penalty, everything started going against the Portuguese legend. John Egan scored a header in which he jumped over Ronaldo and gave Ireland the lead before the break. But we still had an entire second half to go through.
Ronaldo breaks the record and then some.
After the break, Cristiano Ronaldo attempted to lead his teammates to a proper reaction against a defensive Irish side. Fernando Santos’ decisions didn’t help the squad at all, he was just as pragmatic as he tends to be in these situations. But when you have Ronaldo on your side, underestimating his team is never a good idea. Everything happened during the final five minutes of the match in a dramatic manner.
Cristiano scored the goal that broke that all-.time record after an assist from Gonçalo Guedes. But during injury time, the star of the evening felt that an equalizer in such a special evening wasn’t enough. Joao Mario found his header again to give Portugal the first win of these European World Cup Qualifiers. Needless to say, the entire stadium went crazy from what they witnessed. This competitive animal isn’t done yet. He may be 36 years old but he is far from finished.