Watch: Ronaldo’s 89th minute winner triggers drama in Portugal’s Euro qualifier | Football News
Portugal’s Euro qualifier against Iceland was significant for the nation, as talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo made his 200th appearance for his national team. Ronaldo made his international debut in 2003, and his 20-year career has been decorated with goals and the rebirth of Portugal as a force on the world stage.
Ronaldo became the first man to achieve 200 national caps, and he celebrated the occasion with an impressive goal in Reykjavík. Portugal fans had to wait until the 89th minute of a game that had few clear-cut chances, with Iceland’s solid defense holding back the threat of a dangerous and talented Portuguese outfit.
Even when the goal came, the linesman ruled it out on the field first, like the cap on a frustrating day’s work for the stronger team. However, the VAR would check their replay and prove that Sporting defender Goncalo Inacio was on the other end when he headed Ronaldo’s deep free-kick into the net – a legitimate goal, and one that deserved victory Portugal at death.
When the on-field referee overturned the decision and confirmed the goal, Ronaldo beamed with joy visible on his face, breaking out in his iconic celebration next to the traveling crowd. He marked his first appearance in international football with a goal, and a last-minute winner. It was Ronaldo’s 123rd goal for his country – no other man has more, and Ronaldo now stands alone at the top of both appearances and goals in men’s international football.
The Madeira man became captain of his national team at the age of 22 in 2008, and has led Portugal to a golden generation in his final years as a veteran leader. At 37 years of age, he may not be on the tour much longer, but there is no doubt that the young stars of the national team are better for revealing his experience, work rate and dedication to the craft. none during his career.
Ronaldo now competes in the Saudi Arabian Pro League for Al Nassr, and is likely to be joined by some of Europe’s most famous players in that division as the league looks to grow in quality and stature. Al Ittihad have already landed Ronaldo’s former long-time teammate Karim Benzema, while many other clubs in the country have been linked with top talent from Europe’s top leagues in recent days.
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