Ronaldo extends record in Portugal win over Word Cup hosts Qatar

By Rek Hanibal Published on October 10, 2021
Ronaldo extends record in Portugal win over Word Cup hosts Qatar

The Manchester United forward scored the opener from close range in the friendly Estadio Algarve's lovely and was replaced at half-time. The 36-year-old broke Iran striker Ali Daei's record of 109 goals last month.

This was Ronaldo's 181st cap, which has overtaken Sergio Ramos as Europe's most-capped male player. Malaysian Soh Chin Ann, who retired in 1984, has a world record of 195. Jose Fonte bundled in Portugal's second goal early in the second half on Saturday.

International debutant Rafael Leao, who replaced Ronaldo, hit the woodwork twice - and Andre Silva scored their third in the final minute. Group A only has five teams, and whichever team is not in action plays a friendly against World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar.

Portugal was knocked off top spot in qualifying on Saturday as Serbia beat Luxembourg 1-0, with Dusan Vlahovic scoring the only goal. Fernando Santos' side is one point behind the Serbs but has a game in hand.

Rek Hanibal

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