Cristiano Ronaldo has once again written history. In the Nationals League match between Sweden and his Portugal (0-2), the 35-year-old striker was the first European to cross the border of 100 international goals.
Ronaldo was allowed to moor just before rest for a free kick and shot impeccably for his jubilee hit. The only other player who managed to make 100 or more international goals was Ali Daei, the Iranian finally finished on 109. Ronaldo is reportedly determined to break that record as well.
Twenty minutes before the break he got another goal closer to Daei. Ronaldo placed the ball from outside the penalty area beautifully over keeper Robin Olsen in the Swedish goal (0-2),
France beats Croatia
The Portuguese also won from Croatia on Saturday and are leading in group 3. France follows thanks to a 4-2 victory over the same Croatians three days later in second place. The French also have six points, but one less goal difference.
Croatia did take the lead in the reprise of the 2018 World Cup final, when France also won 4-2 and claimed the world title in front of it. Dejan Lovren had a nice hit. Before half time, however, it was 2-1, thanks to a goal by Antoine Griezmann and a goal of his own by Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.
In the second half Josip Brekalo – for Croatia – Dayot Upamecano and Olivier Giroud – on behalf of France – determined the final score on 4-2 and Eduardo Camavinga made his debut with the French. The 17-year-old midfielder of Stade Rennes is considered an enormous talent, including Real Madrid would like to take him on board.
Belgium leads with two victories in as many games in group 2. The Belgians won 5-1 from Iceland on Tuesday evening, after Denmark was beaten on Saturday.
Iceland came surprisingly ahead in the tenth minute in Brussels, thanks to a hit by Hólmbert Fridjónsson. But goals by Axel Witsel, Michy Batshuayi (2x), Dries Mertens and the 18-year-old debutant Jérémy Doku ultimately meant a convincing victory for Belgium.
English spill points
Behind Belgium, England takes second place. The English didn’t get further than a 0-0 draw against Denmark in Copenhagen and are therefore on four points. The English national coach Gareth Southgate had Conor Coady (Wolves), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) debut.