Cristiano Ronaldo extends goal-scoring record as Portugal trounce Qatar
- Portugal brush off Qatar 3-0 in a friendly on Saturday
- Cristiano Ronaldo made it 112 international goals in the 37th minute
- Coach Fernando Santos took Ronaldo off at halftime
Cristiano Ronaldo extended his record as the top goal-scorer in men's international football by helping Portugal brush off Qatar 3-0 in a friendly on Saturday.
Last month, Ronaldo scored twice against Ireland to give him 111 goals, surpassing Iran's Ali Daei's previous high of 109. Since then, he has missed two matches for Portugal, including a 3-1 victory against Qatar in a friendly match against the World Cup hosts next year.
However, back at Algarve Stadium, Ronaldo made it 112 goals in the 37th minute, using his weaker left foot to score from close after a through ball by Manchester United teammate Diogo Dalot.
Coach Fernando Santos took Ronaldo off at halftime, just before Jose Fonte doubled the advantage. Rafael Leao, Ronaldo’s replacement, hit the woodwork and Andre Silva completed the scoring in stoppage time.
Leao was making his debut for the Portugal national team and in the process assisted Silva for the third goal.
Ronaldo made his 181st appearance for Portugal, one more than Sergio Ramos made for Spain, for the most in European international football. Ramos has not played for several months with Spain due to injury after his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
While Portugal kept up its winning form, its rivals for reaching the World Cup too were in action in their European qualifying group.
Serbia moved ahead of Portugal to take the lead of Group A by winning at Luxembourg 1-0. The victory gave the Serbs one more point than Portugal, who have one more game to play.
Dusan Vlahovic earned the winner for Serbia in the 68th after Milos Veljkovic played him clear. Portugal hosts Luxembourg on Tuesday, when Serbia hosts Azerbaijan.
With inputs from the Associated Press