Historic Ronaldo saves Portugal from Iceland, and secures Belgium in Estonia

Historic Ronaldo saves Portugal from Iceland, and secures Belgium in Estonia

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with his partners his 123rd international goal. Huldur Kolbin/AFP

On Tuesday, the two heavyweight teams participated in the necessary qualifiers for the 2024 European Nations Cup.

Portugal can always count on Cristiano Ronaldo. We had to wait until the last moments to see the Portuguese win in Iceland 0-1 thanks to the 123rd goal of the indestructible Ronaldo selection (90 + 1). A perfect way to celebrate his 200th selection with the Seleção, who were frustrated at not being able to score for more than 90 minutes. No player in the history of football has ever reached the 200 selection mark, now it has been done for the quintuple Ballon d’Or. The Portuguese are the leaders with 12 points, ahead of Slovakia (10 points), who won 1-0 in Liechtenstein. Finally, in the same Group J, Luxembourg, who finished third in the group, beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0.

On this fourth day of Euro 2024 qualifiers, Belgium did not waver when they won this Tuesday in Estonia (0-3). Romelu Lukaku scored two goals for the Red Devils (37th and 40th) which silenced the critics after his performance in the Champions League final. The Inter Milan striker scored his fifth and then sixth goal in just three matches in the qualifiers for Euro 2024. Thibaut Courtois was dismissed after he expressed his dissatisfaction with his participation in the captain’s armband.

In the Belgium group, the Austrians imposed themselves on the string against the Swedes (2-0), scoring two goals in the last ten minutes through Christoph Baumgartner. Belgium remains in second place with 7 points, behind Austria, which has 10 points. Sweden is left in third place.

Haaland wears Norway, cracked Poland

Norway, thanks to the inevitable brace of Erling Haaland, easily beat Cyprus (3-1). The Manchester City striker became the top scorer of the season in Europe in all competitions with 56 goals, ahead of Kylian Mbappe. In Group A, Norway, the Scotland-Georgia match was stopped in the tenth minute due to bad weather. Hampden Park in Glasgow. The match was able to resume around 10:30 pm French time. Norway is second with third place led by Willy Sagnol (4 points), all but quietly behind Scotland at the top with 12 points.

Poland, for its part, completely lost control over Moldova. While leading 2-0 after 34 minutes thanks to two goals from the duo Milik Lewandowski, the first scorer then put up the next and then the top scorer. The Moldovan side managed to turn things around thanks to two goals from Ion Nicolauscu and one from Papoglu. For its part, Albania did the job in the Faroe Islands (1-3) to come back with 6 points, one behind the Czech Republic (leading with 7 points). Poland ranks fourth with only 3 points.

Finally in Group G, Hungary eliminated Lithuania 2-0 in Budapest while Serbia simultaneously snatched a 1-1 equalizer in the dying seconds in Bulgaria. Hungary and Serbia dominate this group with 7 points but the Hungarians have a better goal difference.

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