Ukraine beat Portugal 2-1 on Monday to clinch a place in Euro 2020 despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s 700th career goal. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Ukraine Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko score two goals for Ukraine after 27 minutes.
Although Ronaldo scored his historic goal from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute and Taras Stepanenko was sent off, Ukraine retained their top spot in Group B.
Ukraine joins Poland, Russia, Italy and Belgium already qualified in the finals next summer. While Portugal, which has eight points and is eight points behind Serbia, leaving two points to Serbia after defeating Lithuania 2-1.
“There are days like this, where the ball just does not want to come in,” said Portuguese midfielder Danilo. “No need to do the math now: we just have to win the next two matches to reach the Euro 2020.”
Yaremchuk jumped close in the sixth minute. The central striker reacted faster after Rui Patricio dipped to ward off Serhiy Kryvtsov’s head from a corner and punch the ball across the line.
Yarmolenko added the second goal, overtaking the Portuguese defense to complete a quick counterattack with a low, sharp shot for the first time.
Portugal dominated the second half and finally made a breakthrough when Stepanenko blocked an arm-shot, receiving his orders before Ronaldo whistled the penalty to score 700 goals for the club and the country.
The goal was his 95th for Portugal. The 34-year-old has just 14 goals behind the historic international record of 109 held by former Iranian striker Ali Daei.
While the exact number of goals scored by some legends of the game is the subject of debate, Ronaldo has agreed to be the sixth player to reach the 700 after the Austrian Josef Bican, Brazilians Romario and Pelé, the Hungarian Ferenc Puskas and the German Gerd Muller.
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