High-flying Ukraine and European champions Portugal edged closer to getting next year’s European Championship with comfortable home wins in qualifying Group B on Friday. Ukraine sank Lithuania 2-0 to stay top of the group on Sixteen points from 6 games, followed by Portugal who is on Eleven points from 5 matches after defeating Luxembourg 3-0 with Cristiano Ronaldo among the scorers. Football fans can book Football Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Third-placed Serbia has seven from 5 games, Luxembourg has four points from 6 games and Lithuania is bottom with one point from 6 games. The Portuguese, who visit Ukraine on Monday, missed a string of chances to win by a larger margin. Top scorer Ronaldo had been looking to get strikes to reach the milestone of 700 goals at club and international level.
Ronaldo’s one goal, the second for Portugal on the night, demonstrated his class when a defensive blunder allowed the Juventus forward to race clear and beat goalkeeper Anthony Moris with a delightful strike from the edge of the penalty area.
Moris produced a barrage of fine saves to keep the score reputable after Bernardo Silva pounced on a loose ball and steered it past two defenders on the line to fire the home side ahead in the 16th minute.
Poor finishing coupled with Moris’s heroics reserved Portugal at bay before Ronaldo netted his 94th international goal to reach the 699 score at senior level and Goncalo Guedes sealed the win with an 89th-minute attempt Ukraine who has to qualify for Euro Cup 2020 if they avoid defeat against Portugal.
The midfielder bust the deadlock with a crisp left-footed shot after a one-two with Junior Moraes and made it 2-0 with a brilliant free kick around the wall into the far corner. In Monday’s other fixture, Serbia must win in Lithuania to keep any realistic hopes of qualifying.
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