October 10, 2021 || 6:47 pm

Cristiano Ronaldo adds to Portugal scoring record, Ukraine, Sweden earn big wins – international round-up

Cristiano Ronaldo scores record 112th international goal as Portugal beat Qa’tar 3-0 in friendly; Ukr’aine win 2-1 in Finland to move second in World Cup quali”fying Gr’oup D; Swe:den thr:ash Kosovo 3-0, move point off :Spain in Group B; D:enmark remai:n per:fect in Group F with 4-0 Mold’ova win.

 

Cristiano Ronal’do add’ed to his internat’ional goal-scoring record as Port’ugal bru’shed off Qatar 3-0, while Swe’den, Ukr’aine, Switzerl’and and o’thers e’arned important wi’ns in the race for World Cup quali’fying.

Ronaldo surpas’sed the ‘milestone of 109 goals hel’d by Ira’n’s Ali Daei last mo”nth when he scored twice against Irel’and to move hi’m onto 111.

He added a 112th’ at the Algarve Stadi’um agains’t next year’s World Cup hosts, scori’ng a close-range left-foot’ed effor’t from a pass from Manch’ester Unit’ed tea’m-mate Diogo Dalot.

 

 

Ferna’ndo Sa’ntos to’ok Ronaldo off at half-tim’e, just bef’ore ex-Southampton defender Jose Fonte doubled their advantage. Raf’ael Leao, Rona”ldo’s replacement, hit the wood’work bef’ore Andre Silva comple’ted the scor’ing in sto’ppage time.

 

Group B: Isak nets won’der strike as Swe’den crush ‘Kosovo 3-0

 

Striker Alexander Isak scor’ed a world-class goal to add to an Emil Forsber’g pen””alty and a ‘superb solo effort ‘by Robin Quaison as Sweden cr’uised to a 3-0 win over Kosovo in thei’r Wor’ld Cup qualif’ier.

 

The hom’e side too”k the lead box after a leng’thy VAR re’view when Flore’nt ‘ was fou’nd to ha’ve handled the ball and win”ger Forsbe’rg roll’ed the resulting pen’alty into th’e botto’m right corner in the 29th minute.

Kosovo thoug’ht they had leve’lled when Ved’at Mu’riqi sla’mmed the ball ho”me from close range in the 57th minute.

 

However, the go’al wa’s ruled ou’t for offside to the relief of a Swedish defen’ce mis’sing V’ictor Lindelof, who is at ‘home d’ue to the impen’ding bir’th of his sec’ond child.

The 22-year-old Isak then br’ought the crow’d to their fee’t just after the ho’ur mark with ‘a mazy dribble and sho’t, and fro’m the resulting corner he’ pick’ed up the ball out on the left and cut’ inside before curling an unstoppable effort into the top right cor’ner.

Substit’ute Quais’on out-m’uscled the Koso’van defe’nce to make it 3-0 in the 79th min’ute and sec’ure a win that leaves the Swed’es second in the grou’p on 12 points, one behind lea’ders Spai’n with a game less pla’yed. Kos’ovo are fourth on four poi’nts.

Greece scored two late goa’ls to win at Georgia 2-0 an’d stay in 3rd place, three poi’nts behind Swed’en.

Greece and Swed’en both have three games left, the 1st of wh’ich comes on Tuesd’ay when t’hey play one an’other in Stockh’olm.

Group C: Switzer’land take steps towa’rds fin’als

 

Switzerland took cont’rol of second place in their Worl’d Cup qualif’ying gro’up after beating Northern Ireland 2-0.

Goals fr’om Ste’ven Zub’er and substitute Christ”ian Fass’nacht came in stopp’age time at the end of eith’er half, aft’er the Irish were reduced to 10 men.

Both goa’ls cam’e on the bre’ak but were poor re’ward for Switzerland’s 25 attempts, 7 on target, in a gr’oup wh’ere leaders Italy’s sup’erior go’al diff’erence could yet be decis’ive.

Norther:n Ire’land w’ere reduced to 10 men in ‘the 37th mi’nute when defender Jam’al Lew’is was shown a second yel’low card by Sl’ovenian refe’ree Slavko Vinc’ic for tak’ing too lo’ng o’ver a thr’ow-in.

Switzerl’and are 3 poin’ts behind Italy and can draw level on Tuesday with victory again’st bottom side Lithu’ania, wh’o got their first poi’nts of the campaign by beating Bulgaria 3-1 on Saturd’ay.

Group A: Serbia boost hopes of reaching finals

Serbia boost’ed their hop’es of reachin’g the 20’22 World Cup after a mom’ent of indivi’dual skill from striker Dus’an Vlah’ovic ga’ve them a barely deserved 1-0 w’in at Luxembo’urg in a turg”id Group A qualif’ier on Satur’day.

The resu’lt lifted Ser’bia to the top of the gro’up on 14 points from six gam’es, one more tha’n Portugal who hav’e a gam’e in hand. Luxembourg stayed 3rd on 6 points from 5 games.

 

Callum Robins’on ended a we’ek of controversy w’ith a de’cisive double as the Republic of Ireland won a’ compe’titive match for the 1st time under m’anager Stephen Kenny in Azerbaijan. They remain fourth, but are now wit’hi’n a point of Luxembourg.

Robins’on hit the he’adli’nes in the run-up to the game after revealing he had chose:n not to be ‘vaccinated against Co’vid-19 ‘despite twi’ce con’tracting the virus, but provi’ded the perfect respon’se to the cri’ticis’m he received as a result with 2 1st-half goals to set the stage for a 3-0 World Cup quali’fying win in Baku.

Group D: Yarmo’lenko helps Ukraine beat Fin’land

 

First-half goals from And’riy Yarmolenko and Rom’an Yaremch’uk gave Uk’raine a 2-1 win over Finlan’d in th’eir Wor’ld Cup quali’fier.

West Ham Uni’ted forw’ard Yarmolenko put the visit’ors ahead less than 5 minutes after kick’off when he drove home from 20 metres past the Finn’ish goalkeeper.

Norwich City forwa’rd Teemu Pukki levelled fo’r Finland in the 29th minute but Ukra’ine regained the lead minu’tes later with a goal from Yarem’chuk.

Ukrain’e move’d into secon’d place in Group D with eight points behind France on 12 points. Finl’and sit abo’ve Kaza’khstan with 5 points.

Bosnia and Herze’govina earned their 1st win of the qu’alifying campaign at the fifth tim’e of asking with a 2-0 victory in Kazakh’stan.

Smail Prev’aljak’s goal:s in either half sealed victo’ry against a Kaza’kh si’de who ma’naged only 1 shot on target all game.

Group I: Albania ke’ep dreams alive in Hungary

 

Armando Broj’a scor’ed 10 minutes from tim’e to hand Alb’ania an upset 1-0 aw’ay victory over Hungary in Bud’apest and keep up their hope’s of an unlikely World Cup ‘.

The English-born Br’oja, who is on loan at Southa’mpton from Chelsea, scored for a seco’nd successive Group I gam’e agai’nst Hungary after also netting a dra’matic late winn’er in last m’onth’s 1-0 home success in Elba’san.

The ga’me was played beh’ind closed doors at the Puskas Arena after Hu’ngary were fined and given a stadium ban after the ra’cist abuse of Englan’d players in their Wo’rld Cu’p qualifying clash last mo’nth.

The points kept Alba’nia in second place in Group I, one ahead of Poland, who we’re 5-0 winners over Sa’n Mar’ino, and four behind leaders Eng’land, who won easily in Ando’rra.

 

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