(Football news) Cristiano Ronaldo continued his rich goal scoring form as he scored two more goals for Portugal in his country’s 6-0 thrashing of Luxembourg in a Euro 2024 qualifier as it gave new manager Roberto Martinez his second win in four days. The 38-year-old scored a brace against Liechtenstein on Thursday and scored two more goals in Luxembourg to extend his record tally of international goals to 122 in a record 198 appearances.
Joao Felix, Bernando Silva, Otavio and Rafael Leao all scored to put Portugal comfortably on top of Group J after a relatively easy start to their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign. New coach Roberto Martinez restored Ronaldo to the starting lineup against Luxembourg, where it subsequently took only nine minutes for the Al Nassr superstar to open the scoring as he tapped in Nuno Mendes’ soaring header.
Joao Felix on the other hand doubled the lead in the 15th minute as he rose highest to get onto the end of Silva’s cross. Silva then got himself a goal when he headed home a powerful effort three minutes later after an inch perfect cross by Joao Palhinha. Bruno Fernandes then went on to set up Ronaldo for the fourth goal which was just past the half hour mark, as it was finished with pin-point accuracy.
Luxembourg looked clueless in the first half but offered more resistance after the halftime break. Martinez substituted Ronaldo and got on Rafael Leao, whose looping cross allowed fellow substitute Otavio to head home for Portugal’s fifth goal. Ruben Neves, who is yet to score for Portugal, struck the crossbar with a 83rd minute freekick before a penalty was awarded straight after Luxembourg captain Laurent Jans tripped Leao. The AC Milan forwards effort was saved by Luxembourg keeper Anthony Moris. Leao made amends for the penalty miss as he ran half the length of the field to latch onto Reuben Neves’ pass and then cut inside before squeezing the ball home for the final goal of the game.