Cristiano Ronaldo achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first male player to reach 200 international appearances. His remarkable feat was acknowledged by Guinness World Records prior to the match, commemorating Ronaldo’s two decades of representing Portugal. Then, he further cemented his legacy by scoring the decisive goal in the 89th minute, securing a 1-0 victory over Iceland in the European Championship qualifying match.
At 38 years old, Ronaldo’s remarkable career continues to make headlines. His goal not only propelled Portugal to their fourth consecutive win in Group J but also extended his record-breaking tally of international goals to 123. This marked another unforgettable night for the esteemed athlete, who has previously played for renowned clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Throughout the game in Reykjavik, it was Rafael Leao and Bruno Fernandes who appeared more likely to create scoring opportunities. However, Iceland’s Willum Willumsson received a second yellow card, resulting in his expulsion from the match with only 10 minutes remaining in regular time.
Despite missing several chances and receiving a booking for diving in the 83rd minute, Ronaldo persevered. Finally, in a display of his exceptional goal-scoring prowess, he capitalised on Goncalo Inacio’s header and found the back of the net from close range. Even then, the celebration had to be momentarily put on hold as the goal underwent a VAR review.
Ultimately, Ronaldo’s goal and milestone were confirmed, allowing him to revel in his characteristic celebratory style.
In other matches, Luxembourg defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 after goals from Danel Sinani and Yvandro Borges Sanches. Meanwhile, Slovakia handed Liechtenstein a 1-0 loss.