Ronaldo did not regret the outsider in the selection of the 2022 World Cup. But scored more from the penalty spot than from the field
The Portuguese national team did not experience any problems in the 2022 World Cup qualifying match with Luxembourg. As expected, the team of Cristiano Ronaldo easily rolled out the opponent, loading five balls into his goal. Few doubted that the star striker would not break his world record for international goals against an opponent of this caliber. And so it happened, although from the game Cristiano scored only in the very ending.
Already by the 18th minute, the hosts upset the goalkeeper of the Luxembourg national team three times, and Ronaldo did it twice. First, the captain converted the penalty for a foul on Bernardo Silva , and then he himself earned the 11-meter. Cristiano again outplayed the goalkeeper from the point, but the referee asked to interrupt. However, the third blow of the Portuguese from the penalty spot was effective.
Despite a landslide victory, Portugal remained in second place in the 2022 World Cup qualifier. Serbia beat Azerbaijan in a parallel match and beat Fernando Santos’ team by one point. However, the Portuguese have a game in reserve. It seems that the fate of the first place in this group will be decided by the Portugal – Serbia match, which will take place on November 14. A few days before this, Ronaldo’s team flies to Ireland, where she will have the opportunity to regain the leadership in the group.