Ronaldo gives a clear answer to rare reserve with two goals | NOW

Cristiano Ronaldo has given a clear answer to his reserve against Spain last Thursday. The star led Portugal to a Nations League victory over Switzerland with two goals on Sunday: 4-0. The Spaniards drew a late goal against the Czech Republic (2-2), while Erling Haaland once again excelled at Norway.

The 37-year-old Ronaldo was on the bench in the away game with Spain (1-1) for the first time since 2017 in a competitive international match earlier this week. According to the Portuguese national coach Fernando Santos, the rare reserve turn had to do with tactics and not with the qualities of his star player.

In the home game against Switzerland, Ronaldo just got a basic place again on Sunday evening. After fifteen minutes, the captain was at the basis of William Carvalho’s opening goal, with a free kick that Swiss keeper Gregor Kobel was unable to get under control.

Ronaldo made it 2-0 himself in the 35th minute. Liverpool striker Diogo Jota put the ball well and Ronaldo shot from about eleven meters. Four minutes later, the Manchester United attacker already scored his second goal of the evening. He reacted alertly on a rebound, after a shot from Jota.

Ronaldo is now on 117 goals in 188 international matches. He was already the man with the most goals in the history of international international football.

João Cancelo scored the fourth Portuguese goal against Switzerland. Santos’ team leads after two matches on goal difference in group 2 of division A of the Nations League.

All-time top scorers in international football men

  • 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): 117 goals (188 caps)
  • 2. Ali Daei (Iran): 109 goals (148 caps)
  • 3. Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia): 89 goals (142 caps)
  • 4. Lionel Messi (Argentina): 86 goals (162 caps)
  • 5. Ferenc Puskás (Hungary/Spain): 84 goals (89 caps)

Iñigo Martínez avoids painful defeat in Spain

The Czech Republic seemed to be on its way to the top position in group 2 on Sunday evening, but the team of national coach Jaroslav Silhavý handed over a victory against Spain in the extreme. Athletic Club defender Iñigo Martínez made it 2-2 in Prague in the 90th minute.

The Czechs had taken the lead twice in the Sinobo Stadium via Jakub Pesek and Jan Kuchta (assist of FC Twente player Václav Cerný). FC Barcelona midfielder Gavi signed for the 1-1, becoming the youngest ever goalscorer for Spain (17 years and 304 days).

Group A2 Nations League

  • 1. Portugal: 2-4 (+4)
  • 2. Czech Republic: 2-4 (+1)
  • 3. Spain: 2-2 (0)
  • 4. Switzerland: 2-0 (-5)

Two goals Haaland, assist Tadic

In division B of the Nations League, Norway won the Scandinavian match with Sweden: 1-2. Haaland scored both Norwegian goals in Solna. The Swedish goal by Anthony Elanga only came in the 92nd minute. Manchester City asset Haaland (21) has already scored eighteen after nineteen international matches.

Feyenoord player Marcus Pedersen had a base place with the Norwegians. His Rotterdam teammate Fredrik Aursnes was missing.

In the same group, Serbia was much too strong for Slovenia: 4-1. Ajax player Dusan Tadic came in for the home team at halftime and provided the assist for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s 2-1 and Nemanja Radonjic’s 4-1. Captain Aleksandar Mitrovic and substitute Luka Jovic made the other two goals for the Serbs.

Group B4 Nations League

  • 1. Norway: 2-6 (+2)
  • 2. Serbia: 2-3 (+2)
  • 3. Sweden: 2-3 (+1)
  • 4. Slovenia: 2-0 (-5)

View the results, the program and the standings in the Nations League