Cristiano Ronaldo scored as Portugal got here from behind to defeat Luxembourg Three-1 in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.
Luxembourg, which opened with a shock win over Eire, appeared on its strategy to one other shock consequence after Gerson Rodrigues put the hosts forward within the 30th minute. However Diogo Jota equalized within the second minute of stoppage time and Ronaldo and João Palhinha added second-half objectives.
After being held scoreless within the first two qualifiers this yr, Ronaldo scored his 31st objective in World Cup qualifying within the 51st with a contact from shut vary after a low cross by João Cancelo.
He has now scored for Portugal in each calendar yr since his first worldwide objective in 2004, and moved six away from tying the all-time scoring report for a males’s nationwide workforce. The report of 109 objectives is held by former Iran striker Ali Daei, the one different male soccer participant to surpass the 100-goal milestone.
Ronaldo had been livid after having a objective disallowed within the 2-2 draw towards Serbia on Saturday although it appeared that the ball crossed the road.
Jota equalized with a header for his third objective in these qualifiers, and Palhinha got here off the bench to attain his first objective in three worldwide appearances within the 80th.
Luxembourg defender Maxime Chanot was despatched off within the 86th after being proven a second yellow card for a tough foul.
Portugal ahead João Félix needed to depart the sphere within the first half due to an harm.
Earlier, Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a objective in every half as Serbia defeated Azerbaijan 2-1 to remain tied with Portugal on the high of Group A with seven factors from three matches.
(With inputs from AP).