The Roar
The Roar


Ronaldo's late double makes him greatest goalscorer in international history

Autoplay in... 6 (Cancel)
Up Next No more videos! Playlist is empty -
1st September, 2021

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has become the greatest goalscorer in international soccer with his late double against the Republic of Ireland snatching a 2-1 win in their 2022 World Cup qualifier.

Ireland were in need of a positive result on what was billed as Ronaldo’s big night at the Estadio Algarve.

The 36-year-old, who completed his switch back to Manchester United in the transfer window, had a golden chance to move ahead of Ali Daei’s mark of 109 goals from the penalty spot in the 15th minute.

However, his spot kick – given after a lengthy VAR review – was saved by 19-year-old Portsmouth goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu.

Sheffield United defender John Egan then headed Ireland in front from a corner just before the break to scores his first international goal.

That looked to have been enough to secure the Republic a memorable victory, only for Ronaldo to glance in a header in the 89th – for his record-setting 110th national team goal.

Then in the fifth minute of stoppage time, he produced a repeat finish for his 111th Portugal goal to spark wild celebrations.


The victory put Portugal three points clear at the top of Group A – while Luxembourg beat Azerbaijan 2-1 to move a point behind second-placed Serbia who have a game in hand.

Ronaldo was thrilled not only with his goals, but the victory.

“I’m very happy, not only because I beat the record, but for the special moments that we had,” he told Sky Sports.

“Two goals at the end of the game is so tough, but I have to appreciate what the team did until the end.

“For the supporters, I’m so glad.”

Denmark beat Scotland 2-0 in Copenhagen to maintain their 100 per cent start to Group F with first-half goals from Daniel Wass and Joakim Maehle.


Israel are second after a 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands in Torshavn, where PSV Eindhoven midfielder Eran Zahavi completed a hat-trick in stoppage time.

France held out with 10 men to draw 1-1 against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Strasbourg to consolidate their position at the top of Group D.

Captain Edin Dzeko fired Bosnia into the lead after 36 minutes, but Les Bleus were soon level when the ball bounced in off the back of Antoine Griezmann’s head.

Six minutes into the second half, Sevilla defender Jules Kounde was shown a red card, upgraded from a caution, for a foul on Arsenal full-back Sead Kolasinac, who was forced off injured.

Kazakhstan struck an equaliser deep in stoppage time to draw 2-2 against Ukraine in Astana.

In Group G, substitute Risto Radunovic struck a stoppage-time equaliser as Montenegro fought back to draw 2-2 against leaders Turkey in Istanbul.

Norway and the Netherlands drew 1-1 in Oslo, which leaves the top four teams separated by only a point.

Erling Haaland gave Norway the lead in the 20th minute with a neat turn and finish in the penalty area, with Davy Klaassen hauling the Dutch level before halftime in Louis van Gaal’s first game back for his third stint as coach.


Vladislavs Gutkovskis scored twice as Latvia beat Gibraltar 3-1 in Riga to get their first win.

It finished goalless between Group H leaders Croatia and Russia at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow, while Slovenia fought back to draw 1-1 against Slovakia in Ljubljana.

Cain Attard scored twice as Malta ran out 3-0 winners over Cyprus, who had defender Konstantinos Soteriou sent off just before halftime.