Ronaldo Scored His 110th And 111th International Goals To Sink Ireland

Cristiano Ronaldo headed two late goals to give Portugal a 2-1 comeback victory over Ireland in Group A of European World Cup qualifying on Wednesday.

Thus, the Manchester United forward became the all-time leading scorer in men’s international football.

John Egan headed Ireland into a shock lead from a corner on the stroke of half-time after Diogo Jota had hit the post for the hosts.

It looked as if it was going to be a frustrating night for Ronaldo and his side before the 36-year-old levelled the scores in the 89th minute to surpass Iranian Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals with a towering header.

He then produced a carbon copy in the sixth minute of stoppage time to score goal number 111 and secure all three points for the hosts.

“I’m very happy, not only because I beat the record but for the special moments that we had,” Ronaldo said.

 “Two goals at the end of the game is so tough, but I have to appreciate what the team did. We believed until the end.”

The result means manager Stephen Kenny remains without a competitive win with Ireland, who sit joint bottom of Group A with no points from three games.

Portugal are top on 10 points after four games, three ahead of Serbia, who have played a game fewer.

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