Cristiano Ronaldo’s 110th and 111th international goals were enough for Portugal to complete a dramatic late comeback to see off a resilient Ireland on Wednesday evening. His first on the night saw him overtake Ali Daei as international football’s record goalscorer.
The Manchester United forward had endured a frustrating night for 89 minutes, then equalising in the 89th and scoring the winner in the 96th minute, after the five minutes added had passed.
A sloppy piece of Irish defending 10 minutes in presented Portugal with a penalty, but Cristiano had his spot kick saved by 19-year-old goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, who is currently on loan at Portsmouth.
John Egan then gave Ireland a shock lead on the stroke of half time, and Stephen Kenny’s side stood firm for the majority of the second half.