So the Portuguese captain celebrated his 200th selection – an absolute world record – with a precious goal. The former Real Madrid striker jumped in the 89th minute after a header from Goncalo Inacio in a suspicious offside position. The video assistant referee ended up validating Ronaldo’s goal. The sign of Portuguese forwards has always been frustrated by Icelanders. Willumson’s dismissal for a second booking in the 80th minute made it easy for Roberto Martinez’s side to top Group J, two points ahead of Slovakia, who won 1-0 over Liechtenstein.
For their part, Norway were pleased with their 3-1 victory over Cyprus. The inevitable Erling Haaland went there with a new brace that included a penalty. The Manchester City striker scored his 55th and 56th goals this season. The Norwegians are still in the race to qualify. The group’s other match was halted for about an hour after torrential rain. Water had to be shoveled from the field. The game ended after the write ended.
Despite the successes of Arkadiusz Milik (12th) and Robert Lewandowski (34th) going 2-0 up, Poland suffered a shocking 3-2 defeat by Moldova, who equalized in the 89th minute against Papoglu. Belgium, without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who interrupted the trip to Estonia because he wasn’t a lone captain after De Bruyne’s injury, recovered in Tallinn 3-0. Romelu Lukaku scored a brace in three minutes.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, led by Servetin Miša Stefanovic, conceded a stunning 0-2 loss at home to Luxembourg.