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Cristiano Ronaldo scores 99th international goal as Portugal qualify for Euro 2020



Cristiano Ronaldo moved on to 99 international goals as Portugal beat Luxembourg 2-0 to seal qualification for Euro 2020.

The Juventus star tapped in a shot by teammate Diogo Jota that was just inches from going over the goal-line in the 86th minute, leaving Ronaldo one strike from the 100-goal mark.

Bruno Fernandes got Portugal’s first goal against the flow of play in the 39th minute when he scored from a long pass by Bruno Silva.

Luxembourg had outplayed Portugal until that point, dealing with the poor pitch conditions better than the defending European champions.

Portugal advanced to Euro 2020 in second place in Group B. Ukraine had already gone through as the group winners.

Leading international goalscorers | The top 25

NO Player Nation Goals Caps GPG
1 Ali Daei Iran 109 149 0.73
2 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 99 164 0.6
3 Ferenc Puskas Hungary 84 85 0.99
4 Kunishige Kamamoto Japan 80 84 0.95
5 Godfrey Chitalu Zambia 79 111 0.71
6 Hussein Saeed Iraq 78 137 0.57
7 Pele Brazil 77 92 0.84
8 Sandor Kocsis Hungary 75 68 1.1
Bashar Abdullah Kuwait 75 134 0.56
10 Sunil Chhetri India 71 114 0.63
11 Kinnah Piri Malawi 71 115 0.62
Majed Abdullah Saudi Arabia 71 116 0.61
Kiatisuk Senamuang Thailand 71 134 0.53
Miroslav Klose Germany 71 137 0.52
15 Piyapong Pue-on Thailand 70 100 0.7
Stern John Trinidad and Tobago 70 115 0.61
Hossam Hassan Egypt 70 169 0.41
18 Gerd Muller West Germany 68 62 1.1
Carlos Ruiz Guatemala 68 133 0.51
Lionel Messi Argentina 68 136 0.5
Robbie Keane Ireland 68 146 0.47
22 Didier Drogba Ivory Coast 65 105 0.62
23 Ronaldo Brazil 62 98 0.63
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden 62 116 0.53
Ahmed Radhi Iraq 62 121 0.51

*GPG means Goals per Game

Additional reporting by AP.


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