Ronaldo Equals Lewandowski’s European All-time Record
Cristiano Ronaldo Equals Robert Lewandowski’s European All-time Record
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo had to come from the bench to keep Portugal’s chances of direct World Cup qualification alive, equaling a European all-time record along the way.
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The 32-year-old started his side’s 2-0 win over Andorra on the sidelines after picking up minor injury problems in training and in order not to risk another yellow card, which would’ve seen miss the crucial clash against Switzerland through suspension.
The hard-fought victory, Andre Silva netted Portugal’s second goal, was the eighth of the 2016 UEFA European Championship winner's in the current qualification campaign, who only lost to group B leaders Switzerland.
The Swiss still have a 100% record and both sides will meet eachh other in a showdown on Tuesday, where Portugal need a win in order to gain direct qualification for the showpiece in Russia.
Ronaldo’s goal was already his 15th strike in the current World Cup qualification campaign, equaling Lewandowski’s tally for Poland.
Fifteen strikes in a single qualification campaign is a new European all-time record, which both players now jointly hold with one more qualifier to be played.
Lewandowski has since added another strike to his tally, and is now on 16 goals in the current World Cup qualification - breaking the record again
Poland are currently leading group E with three points over Denmark and a point in their final game against third-placed Montenegro on Sunday will see them secure their direct ticket for Russia.
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