Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal the victory over Ireland in the World Cup qualifying series on Wednesday, partly thanks to a record goal.
The brand new Manchester United player scored twice in the final phase, setting the world record international goal alone to his name and helping Portugal to a 2-1 win.
Furthermore, a dozen of France escaped a defeat against Bosnia and Herzegovina and PSV player Eran Zahavi made a hat-trick with Israel.
Ronaldo already had an imposed chance in the opening phase of the game against Ireland to put Portugal ahead.
Ronaldo, however, saw his effort from the penalty spot turned around by Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.
It all went wrong for Portugal on the stroke of half-time when Ireland headed in the 0-1 via John Egan.
Portugal came alongside in the final phase thanks to Ronaldo's record goal.
He headed in a free kick from Goncalo Guedes, setting the world record.
In the last minute of stoppage time, Ronaldo even graced the record night with the winning 2-1.
This time he headed in a cross from João Mário and took off his shirt out of joy, which resulted in a yellow card.
The 36-year-old Ronaldo equaled the world record of Ali Daei at the last European Championship with his 109th international goal.
The captain was accurate five times in the European final tournament, but was unable to prevent Portugal from being eliminated early.Keywords: