Cristiano Ronaldo has finally found the back of the net after a mini-goal drought for his national team side as he scored Portugal’s second goal in a routine 3-1 win against Luxembourg.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, has been in the headlines since the past weekend after he stormed off the pitch against Serbia in a 2-2 draw following his match-winning goal being disallowed by the referee.
Prior to the game against Luxembourg, the Portuguese captain has faced criticism for his reaction against Serbia over the weekend. However, the 36-year-old forward kept his cool and looked lively in the opening exchanges in the game against Luxembourg as he looked to inspire his side yet again. But unfortunately for the visitors, they fell behind in the first half when Gerson Rodriguez broke the deadlock to give the home team the lead inside 30 minutes.
It took until the stroke of half-time for Portugal to find the breakthrough via in-form Liverpool forward Diogo Jota. Taking his goal tally for the international break to three having scored both goals against Serbia the last time out.
“Cristiano Ronaldo Will Keep Portugal Captain’s Armband Forever” – Fernando Santos
Cristiano Ronaldo Got His Goal Number 103 For Portugal Against Luxembourg
The away team looked much in control of the game in the second period and took a well-deserved lead through talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, with the 35-year-old scoring his 103 international goals of his brilliant career. With the strike against Luxembourg, Ronaldo broke his 415 minutes of football without a goal for his country, while also scored for the 18th year in a row since making his debut nearly two decades ago.
Substitute Joao Palhinha rounded off the scoring with a late goal to seal all three points for a Selecao. Fernando Santos’ men have now won two and drawn one of their three World Cup Qualifiers so far and are in a good position to secure qualification to the tournament next year.
Also, as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner got his name on the scoresheet yet again he edges closer to Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals for his country!
Below is how Twitter have reacted to Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal moment on Tuesday night!