Cristiano Ronaldo almost scored the best goal of his career during Portugal 5-0 Luxembourg


GIVEMESPORT 12 October, 2021 - 03:55pm

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Ronaldo now has 115 goals in his career for Portugal, 16 of which have come on penalty kicks and 36 of which have taken place in World Cup qualifying. si.comCristiano Ronaldo Hat Trick Makes Luxembourg His Most Scored-On International Opponent

Portugal unsurprisingly made light work of Luxembourg in their latest 2022 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday evening.

Fernando Santos' side romped to a 5-0 victory thanks to a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo (x2) and goals from Bruno Fernandes and Joao Palhinha.

Ronaldo's first two strikes came from the penalty spot in the opening half of the match and he then secured his 58th career treble in the 87th-minute with a close-range header.

He's now scored 115 times on the international stage.

The 36-year-old's record for Portugal is absolutely insane and the Manchester United man came agonisingly close to netting yet another goal in the victory over Luxembourg.

It would have been arguably the best goal of his illustrious playing career as well...

In the 68th-minute of proceedings, Ronaldo perfectly controlled a cross into the box and while the ball was airborne, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner produced a stunning overhead kick that looked destined to ripple the back of the net.

However, Luxembourg's goalkeeper Anthony Moris - who plays for Union SG in Belgium's first division - was on hand to thwart Ronaldo with a save worthy of a prime Peter Schmeichel.

Take a look at the incident here...

Had that gone in, Ronaldo would have been the big favourite to win this year's FIFA Puskas Award.

But while his overhead kick didn't cross the line, the former Real Madrid man can still revel in the fact that he set yet another incredible record on Tuesday evening.

Ronaldo's hat-trick versus Luxembourg was his 10th for Portugal and that's more than any other player has netted for their country in history.

Another day, another record for a man who might just be the greatest ever male footballer on the international stage.

If he captains Portugal to World Cup glory out in Qatar next year, there won't even be a debate about that...

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Portugal vs Luxembourg Preview: Probable Lineups, Prediction...

The Hard Tackle 13 October, 2021 - 12:12am

Portugal will be aiming to make it five wins in a row when they lock horns with minnows Luxembourg in a FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier Group A encounter on Tuesday night at Estadio Algarve.

Portugal are currently second in Group A, a point behind leaders Serbia, but with a game in hand, that gives them with a chance to get back on top if they continue on their unbeaten ways in the qualifiers. Indeed, A Selecao have won four and drawn one of their five games in the qualifying encounters and head into Tuesday’s clash on the back of a four-game winning streak including a 3-0 friendly win over Qatar last week.

Luxembourg, meanwhile, are third in the group standings, with six points from five games and with little hope of making it through. Nonetheless, the minnows will be hoping to put up a strong fight and pick up at least a point from their trip to Portugal. The Red Lions are without a victory in their last three fixtures with their most recent one ending in a 1-0 defeat to group leaders Serbia.

The last time these two sides met Portugal came back from a goal down to beat Luxembourg 3-1 with goals coming from Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Palhinha. Ahead of their latest encounter on Tuesday, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at both teams.

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Domingos Duarte, Raphael Guerreiro and Rafa Silva withdrew from the squad due to injuries while Francisco Trincao has also been removed from the roster after he tested positive for coronavirus. In addition, Diogo Jota is dealing with a minor issue and might not be risked either. Cristiano Ronaldo will be available for selection after serving out his suspension in the World Cup qualifiers.

Portugal manager Fernando Santos will set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation with Rui Patricio manning the goal. Ruben Dias will line up at the heart of the defence alongside veteran star Pepe while Diogo Dalot and Joao Cancelo slot in as the full-backs on the right and left sides, respectively.

There will be wholesale changes in the midfield department as Wolves duo Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho ought to return to the starting XI. The former will sit at the base of the midfield and try to shield the backline while the latter will look to create openings with his incisive passes and set-piece delivery. Bruno Fernandes ought to take up the third slot in the middle of the park.

Ronaldo is a shoo-in in the side, slotting in out wide on the left in order to accommodate Andre Silva in the No. 9 role. Bernardo Silva will take up the right-wing and look to provide the guile and creativity in the final third, although Goncalo Guedes is also an option.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Patricio; Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Cancelo; Fernandes, Neves, Moutinho; B. Silva, A. Silva, Ronaldo

Unlike Portugal, Luxembourg do not have any injury concerns whatsoever and will go into the game with a full-strength squad. Manager Luc Holtz will deploy his team in a 4-4-2 formation with two banks of four sitting deep to try and prevent Portugal from scoring past the goalkeeper, Anthony Moris.

Maxime Chanot and Enes Mahmutovic should be the two centre-backs shielding the goal with support coming from the full-backs who should be Laurent Jans and Mica Pinto. The duo is largely expected to stay tight and compact alongside the central defenders in order to try and deprive the hosts of spaces in the final third.

Christopher Martins Pereira and Leandro Barreira Martins will have the onus of keeping things in check in the middle of the park for Luxembourg. Their primary task will be to try and stifle the influence of someone like Bruno Fernandes. Out wide, Sebastien Thill and Olivier Thill will look to provide the visitors with an outlet in attack but will also needed to put in a lot of defensive work.

Danel Sinani and Gerson Rodrigues, who scored in the reverse fixture against Portugal in March, should form the strike partnership for Luxembourg against Portugal.

Probable Lineup (4-4-2): Moris; Jans, Chanot, Mahmutovic, Pinto; S. Thill, Barreira, Martins, O. Thill; Sinani, Rodrigues

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Every time Portugal step out on the field, the eyes are one man alone – Cristiano Ronaldo. Each time he dons the colours of the national team, the 36-year-old tends to send a record tumbling. Indeed, during last week’s win over Qatar, when he scored, Ronaldo broke more records, becoming the highest-capped European footballer while also scoring against a 46th different opponent in his career.

Apart from his goals, Ronaldo’s drive, determination and winning mentality play a huge role for Portugal. He will once again be the man that manager Fernando Santos will look up to, to make the difference for his team.

Portugal are on a run of four wins in four currently while Luxembourg have failed to win their last three. Given the gulf of quality between the two squads and the form that Cristiano Ronaldo has been in, anything other than a win for the home team would be a shocker. The Hard Tackle predicts a 3-0 victory for A Selecao.

Super Cristiano: Bags hat-trick to give him 115 goals for Portugal

Eurosport COM 12 October, 2021 - 04:11pm

Serbia kept a one-point cushion at the top of Group A by defeating last-place Azerbaijan 3-1 at home.

Serbia kept a one-point cushion at the top of Group A by defeating last-place Azerbaijan 3-1 at home. It has 17 points, one more than Portugal, which has a game in hand.

Serbia's last game is at Portugal in November. Portugal, which has won four in a row in qualifying, will play at Ireland before the decisive match against the Serbians.

Ronaldo took his record scoring tally to 115 international goals by converting two early penalty kicks and finding the net again near the end. Bruno Fernandes and João Palhinha also scored for Portugal.

Bernardo Silva was fouled to prompt the first penalty in the eighth minute, while Ronaldo himself was brought down inside the area before converting the second penalty in the 13th. He had to retake it, though, after André Silva entered the area too early.

Ronaldo also struck the post a few minutes later, and in the 18th Fernandes added to the lead after being set up by Bernardo Silva.

Palhinha scored the fourth in the 69th, moments after Ronaldo came close with a bicycle kick that was saved by Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Moris.

Serbia defeated Azerbaijan with a pair of goals by Dusan Vlahovic and another by substitute Dusan Tadic.

Vlahovic opened the scoring by converting a 30th-minute penalty and added his second in the 53rd.

Emin Makhmudov scored for winless Azerbaijan in first-half injury time, and Tadic sealed the victory for the hosts with another penalty in the 83rd.

Azerbaijan has only one point from seven matches.

Serbia vs Azerbaijan: The Serbs aim to stay in first place

Telecom Asia 12 October, 2021 - 07:30am

Serbia will take on Azerbaijan in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Please take a closer look at our opponents and see what the best betting odds are.

Serbia’s form for World Cup 2022 qualification has been exceptionally good. They’ve not yet lost six games, celebrated four wins, and drawn twice. In total, the Serbs have collected 14 points, so they are now in first place in Group A, one ahead of the Portuguese themselves! In their last game, Serbia got an easy 1-0 win over Luxembourg.

Azerbaijan openly failed in the qualifiers so that no Qatar will do them any good. In six games, the Azerbaijanis drew only once, 1-1 against Ireland. The Azerbaijanis have lost the other five, dropping to last place in Group A with one point. After that draw, Azerbaijan lost twice, 0-3, first to Portugal and then Ireland.

There is no doubt that Serbia will be aiming for a first-place finish at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Group A. They are currently just one point ahead of Portugal, so a letdown today could be fatal. The Serbs will face the Portuguese in their last game of qualification, where everything will be decided. As for this match, it will be in Belgrade, where the visitors’ chances are low. The more so because the Azerbaijanis are not at all impressive in this qualifier.

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