Ronaldo double as Portugal thrash Switzerland


Cristiano Ronaldo’s double against Switzerland took his tally to 117 international goals, stretching the record he already held

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal thrashed Switzerland to move top of their Nations League group.

William Carvalho opened the scoring when he pounced after Ronaldo’s free-kick was only parried by Gregor Kobel.

Ronaldo smashed in from 12 yards after being teed up by Diogo Jota, who then played a part in the third as his shot was saved and Ronaldo reacted quickest.

Joao Cancelo completed the rout when he scored from 20 yards after Kobel raced out and failed to clear a through ball.

A late equaliser for Spain, who snatched a 2-2 draw in the Czech Republic, means Portugal go to the top of Group A2, above the Czechs on goal difference.

Those two sides meet in Portugal on Thursday, with the hosts having drawn 1-1 with Spain in their opening fixture.

Portugal were the winners of the inaugural Nations League in 2019 and will be hopeful of repeating that feat after making such a strong start to this season’s competition.

While this was a memorable night for Ronaldo, it was also an eventful evening for his fierce rival Lionel Messi, who scored five times for Argentina in a 5-0 friendly win over Estonia.

That takes Messi’s tally to 86 international goals – 31 behind Ronaldo’s record of 117.

Line-ups

Portugal

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 20Cancelo
  • 3Pepe
  • 13Danilo
  • 19Tavares Mendes
  • 11Bruno FernandesBooked at 32minsSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 67′minutes
  • 18NevesSubstituted forAlves Palhinha Gonçalvesat 77′minutes
  • 14William CarvalhoSubstituted forNunesat 84′minutes
  • 16OtávioSubstituted forda Conceição Leãoat 77′minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 21JotaSubstituted forda Luz Hortaat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dalot
  • 4Coutinho Meneses Duarte
  • 5Guerreiro
  • 6Alves Palhinha Gonçalves
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 9André Silva
  • 10Bernardo Silva
  • 12Dantas da Silva
  • 15da Conceição Leão
  • 17da Luz Horta
  • 22Meireles Costa
  • 23Nunes

Switzerland

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Kobel
  • 2Mbabu
  • 22SchärBooked at 14mins
  • 6Frei
  • 13RodríguezSubstituted forOkaforat 62′minutes
  • 15SowSubstituted forGavranovicat 81′minutes
  • 10Xhaka
  • 11SteffenBooked at 49minsSubstituted forBottaniat 70′minutes
  • 23ShaqiriSubstituted forFreulerat 69′minutes
  • 16Lotomba
  • 9SeferovicSubstituted forEmboloat 62′minutesBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 1Omlin
  • 3Widmer
  • 5Okafor
  • 7Embolo
  • 8Freuler
  • 12Mvogo
  • 14Bottani
  • 18Cömert
  • 19Gavranovic
  • 20Aebischer

Referee:
Orel Grinfeeld

Attendance:
42,235

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