October 10, 2021 || 12:08 pm

Portugal 3-0 Qatar: Cristiano Ronaldo extends scoring record in friendly win

Cristiano Ronaldo score’d his 112th international goal – extending the men’s record he ‘ last mo’nth — as Portugal ea’sed to a 3-0 friendly win against 2022 Wo’rld Cup hosts Qatar.


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Having go’ne clo’se earlier, Ronaldo opened the scori’ng eight minutes before half-ti’me with a close-range finis’h after a cr’oss from Manch’ester United tea’mmate Diogo Dalot defl’:ected off a Qatar defen:der.


Ronaldo was sub:stituted at half-time, but Portugal remained in control and add::ed to th:eir lead through Jose Fonte just three min:utes af:ter the break.

And jus:t the 90th min:ute ticked by, Andre Silva hea”ded in a left-wing cross fro’m deb’utant Rafael Leao to put th’e seal’ on a comfor’table victo’ry for Fernando Santos’ s’ide.


Cristiano Ronaldo sco’red his 112th Portugal goal as the:y beat Qatar, extending his reco:rd as the top-scoring player in ‘men’s international foo’tball.

The Manchester Uni:ted forward scored the ope:ner from close range in th’e friendly at the Estadio Algarve and wa’s replaced at half-time.


The 36-year-old bro:ke Iran striker Ali Daei’s reco’rd of :109 goals last month.

This was Ronald:o’s 181st cap, meaning he ha’s now also overtaken Serg’io Ramos as Europe’s mos:t-capped male player.

Malaysian Soh Chin Ann, who retired in 1”984, has the world record with 195.

Jose Fonte bund:led in Portugal’s second goal early: in the second half on Saturday.

International de’butant Rafael Leao, who replaced Ronaldo, hit the wood’work twi’ce – and Andre Silva scored their th’ird in the final minute.

Group A only has 5 teams, and whichever team is not in action plays a frie’ndly aga’inst World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar.

Portugal we’re kno’cked off top spot in qualifying on Saturday as Serbia beat Luxemb’ourg 1-0, with Dusan Vlah’ovic sco’ring the only goal.

Fernando Sa:ntos’ side are one point behi:nd th:e Serbs but have a game in hand.


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