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Ronaldo and Giroud steers wins in Portugal & France in Euro 2020

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12 Oct 2019
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Olivier Giroud scored in Portugal and France respectively as the clubs scooped a win in their European Qualifiers on Friday.

Olivier GiroudGiroud scored the only goal from the penalty spot as France claimed 1-0 victory in their crunch European Qualifier in Iceland.

The Chelsea striker tucked home in the 66th minute of the Group H clash in Reykjavik. This was just after Antoine Griezmann had been kicked by Ari Skulason.

France had better chances of a tame first half although Griezmann was well off target with a free-kick. Giroud felt France should have had a penalty for handball by Kari Arnason. Unfortunately, nothing was given and the striker was booked for his protests.

Iceland threatened when Jon Bodvarsson had a shot deflected at Steve Mandanda and Birkir Bjarnason headed wide from a corner.

The key moment did not come until after the hour when Griezmann charged into the area and was kicked in the thigh by Skulason.

Giroud confidently dispatched the spot-kick, sending Hannes Halldorsson the wrong way.

France had the opportunity to make victory more comfortable in the latter stages. Blaise Matuidi hit the post with a low shot in the 78th minute after a good run by Kingsley Coman.

Wissam Ben Yedder also got a sight of goal after controlling nicely and playing a one-two with Griezmann. His hopes were brought to an end when Halldorsson saved with his feet.

Ronaldo scores in Portugal win

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Nations League champions, Portugal eased to a 3-0 win against Luxembourg in Lisbon. Needless of that the club missed a string of chances to win by a bigger margin.

Ronaldo, had been hoping to get two strikes to reach the milestone of 700 goals in club and international level.

However, his one goal demonstrated his class. The defensive blunder allowed the Juventus forward to race clear and beat goalkeeper Anthony Morris with a delightful lob from the edge of the penalty area.

Morris produced a barrage of fine saves to keep the score respectable 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 Morris’ heroics kept Portugal at bay. In contrary, Ronaldo netted his 94th international goal to reach the 699 marks at senior level. Thereafter, Goncalo Guedes sealed the win with an 89th-minute effort.

 

 

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