Ronaldo scores as Portugal rekindles Euro 2020 hopes with 4-2 win in Serbia


Ronaldo scores

By Ikechukwu Chidiebere Okoli

In the headlines today, Portugal national side got their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign back on track with goals from William Carvalho, Goncalo Guedes, Cristian Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva in a pulsating 4-2 encounter victory in Belgrade on Saturday.

The win over Serbia shot the European champions to second place in Group B on five points from three games, eight behind runaway leaders Ukraine.

Ukraine now have 13 points from five matches after their 3-0 win in Lithuania earlier on Saturday.

Third-placed Luxembourg and Serbia in fourth both have four points from as many games while Lithuania are bottom with one point from four matches.

Portugal dominated the opening half and Carvalho fired them ahead in the 42nd minute when he poked the ball into an empty net from three metres.

Serbia goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic had spilled a Bruno Fernandes cross from the right.

Cristiano Ronaldo looked missing in action in the opening half.

Given the fact that he was given a hostile reception at Red Star stadium as Serbian fans jeered him every time he touched the ball, but he twice came close early in the second half.

He however fired inches wide from the edge of the penalty area after cutting in from the left and then curled a free-kick narrowly off target.

Shortly afterwards, Forward Guedes then doubled Portugal’s lead with a fine individual effort.

Then the big man capped a flowing move as he sidestepped a defender and rifled in an unstoppable shot past Dmitrovic into the far corner from 12 metres to silence the raucous home crowd.



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