Ronaldo beats the record and scores a brace that leads Portugal to victory over Ireland

FARO (Portugal): Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time top scorer in international football by scoring two late goals with two headers to give Portugal a 2-1 win over Ireland in World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday. The new Manchester United striker missed a penalty saved by Irish goalkeeper Gavin Pazono in the first half after Jeff Hendrik had fouled Bruno Fernandes in thearea. Ronaldo appeared to have quarreled with Irish defender Dara O’Shea before taking the penalty while reviewing the match via video, but was not punished by the referee. “I am very happy, not only for the record, but for these exceptional moments after my goal in the final minutes, “said Ronaldo.” It was very difficult, but we have to appreciate what the team did. The team and the fans had confidence until the end of the match. ”John Egan scored a surprise goal for Ireland after a corner kick before half-time after Portuguese Diego Jota hit the post. , Portugal struggled against a solid Irish defense and it looked like it was going to be a disappointing evening for Ronaldo and his team after Pazono made a splendid free-kick save towards the end. But the game took a turn in the final minutes and l ’36-year-old striker equalized in the 89th minute with a header overtaking the record of 109 goals from Iranian Ali Daei. Ronaldo likewise snatched the winning goal in the sixth minute of injury time, reaching 111 goals in national team and giving the three points to his national team. With this result, Ireland manager Stephen Kenny was left without a win with Ireland, who are last in Group A without points from three games. Portugal, which he will face on Tuesday in away Azerbaijan, leads the group with 10 points in four games, three points ahead of Serbia, who played three games. (Reuters)

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