Portugal corrected Liechtenstein (4-0) and Cristiano Ronaldo, who set a new world record for national team selections with a 197th match played, offered himself a brace to celebrate the event Thursday in Lisbon in qualifying for Euro-2024.
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"CR7", back in the Portuguese selection after failing to bring the trophy to the World Cup-2022, overtook the Kuwaiti Bader Al-Mutawa (196) had who he shared the record until then and became the most capped player of all the temperature.
The five-time Golden Ball already held the world record for selection goals since September 2021 by overtaking, thanks to a double against Ireland, the Iranian Ali Daei and his 109 achievements.
He therefore has two of the most important records in men's selection football.
The party in the stands
In a one-sided meeting, Joao Cancelo quickly scored the first goal of the era Roberto Martinez (1-0, 8th), new coach of Portugal after eight years under the leadership of Fernando Santos.
It was not until the start of the second period that his teammate at Manchester City, Bernardo Silva, made the break (2-0, 47th).
Cristiano Ronaldo then offered himself a double by transforming a penalty (3-0, 51st) then by registering a free kick (4-0, 63rd) in front of delirious supporters who, on several occasions, chanted his name.
His work completed, CR7 was replaced by Benfica striker Gonçalo Ramos, to the applause and cheers of the crowd gathered in the sold-out José Alvalade stadium.
Thanks to this victory, Portugal has risen to the top of the group J of the qualifications for Euro-2024 and has three points, tied with Bosnia and Herzegovina who beat Iceland at the same time (3-0 ).
The Seleção will continue their qualifying campaign on Sunday with a trip to Luxembourg.