Euro 2020 roundup: Ronaldo hits 700th career goal, Giroud on target again

Tanya Simon
October 15, 2019

95 - Tuesday's consolation strike against Ukraine moved the prolific forward to within five goals of a century for Portugal.

The 34-year-old scored Portugal's only goal against in A Selecao's 2-1 defeat to Ukraine on Monday night, taking his overall tally to 95 global goals.

Ronaldo converted a second-half penalty to reach the personal landmark, 17 years on from scoring his first senior goal for Sporting Lisbon against Moreirense.

"Not just anyone can reach this figure", he told reporters. "I have to thank everyone who has helped me".

Ronaldo won four more Ballons d'Or and also became the first Portuguese captain to lift an worldwide trophy when his country won EURO 2016, a accomplishment he repeated with the Nations League in 2019, Give Me Sport noted. Today we played well but couldn't win.

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"The records come naturally", Ronaldo said. "Without having an obsession, they happen naturally".

Portugal were beaten 2-1 by Ukraine in the Group B match, a result which meant Ukraine qualified for next summer's finals.

As for Portugal, they are one point better off than third-place Serbia - 2-1 winners in Lithuania on Monday - and will likely have to win their remaining two fixtures if they are to automatically qualify.

"At half-time I tried to rectify things and we improved, but we went into the break with an unfair scoreline - it should have been 2-1 and not 2-0".

"We want him to be an example for those in our academy, we want his image to be present in the lives of our young players". I asked them to play more with their heads [in the second half] and be stronger defensively, while keeping our concentration.

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