Portugal started the Euro qualifiers with a win, beating Liechtenstein 4-0.
The hero of the victory is Cristiano Ronaldo. This Portuguese superstar scored a pair of goals. However, as soon as he entered the field on this day, Ronaldo set a great record, he is now the footballer who has played the highest number of matches in the national team jersey in the history of football.
Portugal’s farewell match against Morocco in the World Cup was Ronaldo’s 196th match. The record for playing the same number of matches was Badal Al Mutawar. However, Ronaldo surpassed him as soon as he entered the field on Thursday, his number of matches in the national team is now 147
Ronaldo and his team were excellent from the beginning of the match. Portugal got the first success in the eighth minute by pressing the opponent. Cancelo scored from Bruno Fernandes’ corner. His shot ball hit a defender’s leg and changed direction and touched the goalkeeper’s hand and got into the net.
The 2016 Euro champions failed to score despite creating two consecutive chances in the 14th and 16th minutes. Ronaldo missed another easy chance in 22 minutes. He found the goalkeeper alone but shot from close range. After 27 minutes, Palinia again increased the frustration in the 38th minute. Bukhel failed to jump his shot.
Portugal found a pair of goals after the break. Bernardo Silva doubled the lead in the 47th minute. After 3 minutes, Cancelo was fouled in the box and the referee whistled for a penalty. Lichtenstein goalkeeper could not even try to stop Ronaldo’s shot at the spot kick.
In the 58th minute, even though the ball was in the net again, Ronaldo did not celebrate the goal after falling into the offside trap. However, this forward of An Nasser completed his double goal five minutes later. He scored from a free kick and gave the team a 4-0 lead. Portugal lifted Ronaldo in the 78th minute.