(Portugal – Spain 0-0) A Cristiano Ronaldo (35) on a record hunt was centimeters from a new super goal when Portugal and Spain played a draw in an entertaining training match on Wednesday night.
The crossbar was shaking afterwards, but there was no scoring on the Juventus star. Thus, he stands on 101 national team goals in 166 games for Portugal.
He is still chasing Ali Dai, who holds the world record for 109 national team goals for Iran.
A B-shaped Spain team, with a more exciting bench consisting of Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Rodri and Ferrán Torres (both Manchester City) and Ansu Fati (Barcelona), drove over Portugal in the introduction in Lisbon.
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The Portuguese, who due to the European Championship move to next summer, hold the last trophy awarded in European national team football (Nations League 2019) so very toothless, despite Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting lineup on his own turf.
Spain strikers Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Rodrigo Moreno (Leeds United) and Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) put Rui Patricio to the test in the first 20 minutes. The latter came closest to the Spaniard when he knocked the ball into the net wall. Otherwise, the Wolverhampton goalkeeper in Portugal had full control of what happened.
Then Portugal rose.
Cristiano Ronaldo was invisible until the 42nd minute. Then the 35-year-old hung in the air in a characteristic way, and the ball was headed across the field to Raphael Guerreiro, who did not get a clear hit on the ball – and it whizzed over.
After the break, he got his chance. With the ball at 15 meters, he fired a very hard shot with his left leg. Kepa Arrizabalaga saw most attack opportunities on the wings. He outclassed the home side’s keeper, adding another goal for the visitors.
The superstar of the home team was the architect behind the next crossbar meeting. He gave the ball across the 16-meter, in a beautiful way, to Renato Sanches who copied the predecessor’s outcome – crossbar and down the line.
Dani Olmo for Spain – and first Trincão, then João Félix at Portugal, each had his chance after Ronaldo had left the field – but no one managed to decide the settlement. 0–0.