For a moment, success seemed to elude Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday night.
Author of a sublime sequence, punctuated by an acrobatic return, the Portuguese comes across an inspired Anthony Moris who temporarily deprives him of a hat-trick.
A false note, in a perfect symphony as the 36-year-old player shone on the green rectangle.
Three-time scorer against Luxembourg, Cristiano Ronaldo has a little more inscribed his name in football legend.
Also ideal when the Ballon d'Or race is in full swing.
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Never two without three with Ronaldo
Against Luxembourg, victory was imperative for Fernando Santos' proteges.
Data perfectly recorded by Cristiano Ronaldo.
From the 8th minute of play, the number 7 puts his team on the right track by scoring a penalty.
Bis repeated 5 minutes later.
A double from the penalty spot which brings his total to 16 goals in this selection exercise.
Put into orbit by their captain, Portugal unrolls and brings the score to 3-0, thanks to a realization of Bruno Fernandes.
In the 68th minute of play, Ronaldo was very close to scoring the evening's goal on a kickback, but the Luxembourg goalkeeper relaxed perfectly and sent the ball for a corner.
Not stingy in efforts to score a third goal, Ronaldo struggles on the front of the attack and is rightly rewarded at the end of the game, by deceiving the vigilance of Moris on a header.
With his first hat-trick since November 2019, Ronaldo guided his people to a precious victory, and also took the opportunity to mark the spirits.
It's in my DNA
Top scorer in national history with 115 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo increases his lead a little more over the second, Ali Daei, author of 109 goals with Iran.
In this line, the Manchester United striker broke a new world record by scoring his tenth treble under the Portuguese tunic.
An Olympic form for the native of Funchal who also takes the opportunity to exceed the symbolic bar of 800 career goals.
Goals and records that inevitably please the main interested, who relishes this victory on social networks. "
I had promised that I would always look for more.
It's in my DNA and in our DNA, we are never satisfied, we never give up and we will always fight for whatever we can achieve!
Duel with Serbia
Faced with a much weaker team on paper, Portugal did the job. A success that brings Cristiano Ronaldo slightly closer to a fifth participation in the World Cup. Second with 16 points, Fernando Santos' men are a long way behind Serbia. With one more match to play against Ireland, Portugal can take back control of Group A. Cristiano Ronaldo's teammates therefore have their destiny in their hands, but their qualification is in no way guaranteed. On November 14, the Portuguese meet Serbia, which can be compared to the group final. "
Another victory, another step towards our goal, another historic evening in defense of our colors!
Everything becomes easier when we play at home and in front of an audience that cares about us from the first to the last minute…