Nations League: Cristiano Ronaldo reaches century, Denmark held England for goalless draw


September 9, 2020 11:18:15 am

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring second objective of the UEFA Nations League match in opposition to Sweden. (Reuters)

Add 100 worldwide targets to the extraordinary listing of milestones achieved by soccer celebrity Cristiano Ronaldo. The 35-year-old Ronaldo grow to be simply the second male participant to succeed in a century of targets for a nationwide workforce when he curled a free kick into the highest nook from 25 meters for the primary of his two strikes in Portugal’s 2-Zero away win in opposition to Sweden within the Nations League on Tuesday.

Scoring top-of-the-line targets of his worldwide profession was a becoming approach to enter the 100 Club the place he joins former Iran striker Ali Daei and he wheeled away in enjoyment of an empty Friends Arena in Stockholm earlier than performing his trademark celebration _ the midair pirouette.

Ronaldo who was enjoying in his 165th recreation for Portugal then added a second objective _ one other roller into the highest nook _ and desires 9 extra to surpass the worldwide report of 109 scored by Daei from 1993-2006. The five-time world participant of the 12 months already holds the report for most variety of targets within the Champions League with 131, 16 greater than nearest rival Lionel Messi, and has now scored a global objective for the 17th straight calendar 12 months.


Portugal has gained its two opening group video games after beating Croatia 4-1 on Saturday when Ronaldo was absent due to a toe an infection.

Belgium and France even have most factors. The top-ranked Belgians beat Iceland 5-1 and France defeated Croatia 4-2, the identical scoreline because the 2018 World Cup remaining. Meanwhile, England performed a goalless draw in opposition to Denmark in Copenhagen.


Oliver Giroud moved to inside one objective of Michel Platini’s nationwide report for France by changing a penalty to finish the victory over Croatia on the Stade de France.

The striker was handed the chance to maneuver onto 40 worldwide targets by Antoine Griezmann who gave away penalty duties having missed his final three for France Giroud made no mistake within the 77th minute.

A well-taken particular person objective by heart again Dejan Lovren put Croatia forward however Anthony Martial arrange Griezmann for the equalizer earlier than sliding in for a shot that hit the publish struck goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic on the again of the top and rebounded into the online.

Martial beginning for France for the primary time since March 2018 was solely within the lineup as a result of Kylian Mbappe was lacking after testing constructive for the coronavirus on Monday.

Josip Brekalo made it 2-2 solely for defender Dayot Upamecano to regain the lead for France earlier than Giroud’s penalty.

Eduardo Camavinga got here on for his France debut throughout the second half turning into the youngest participant to symbolize France for the reason that second world struggle at 17 years 10 months.


Kevin De Bruyne celebrated turning into English soccer participant of the 12 months by establishing two of Belgium’s targets in its comeback win over Iceland. The Manchester City midfielder didn’t get on the score-sheet although with striker Michy Batshuayi netting in both half and Axel Witsel, Dries Mertens and Jeremy Doku additionally scoring.

Iceland had gone in entrance via Holmbert Aron Fridjonsson. Belgium started Group 2 play with a 20 win at Denmark on Saturday.


A troublesome few days for England coach Gareth Southgate ended together with his workforce being held to a tame draw in opposition to Denmark although Harry Kane got here near snatching victory when his late shot was cleared off the road.

England had been with out extremely rated kids Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden, who had been despatched house for breaching coronavirus guidelines in Reykjavik after making their worldwide debuts within the 10 win over Iceland on Saturday. Video posted on social media video appeared to point out the gamers assembly girls from outdoors the workforce bubble.

Midfielder Kalvin Phillips and heart again Conor Coady began for their England debuts whereas attacking midfielder Jack Grealish got here on within the second half for his debut.

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