Euro Qualifiers: Ronaldo nets 700th goal, Fikayo fails to make England debut

Tanya Simon
October 15, 2019

The superstar scored his 700th career goal on Monday in Euro qualifying as Portugal took on Ukraine.

During his career Ronaldo played for four clubs, Portugal's Sporting Lisbon, English club Manchester United, Spanish giants Real Madrid and Italian powerhouse Juventus.

With Portugal trailing 2-0 in the qualifier, Ronaldo blasted home a penalty with typical ease after a Ukraine handball. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.

"It's not an easy number to reach", Ronaldo said.

The first half saw Ukrainians scoring twice (Roman Yaremchuk, 6', and Andriy Yarmolenko, 27'), while Portugal apparently failed to penetrate the defense lines of Andriy Shevchenko's squad.

While Abraham who got a cameo role in England's last game is no longer eligible to play for Nigeria, his Chelsea teammate Tomori still has a chance for a possible rethink to play for Nigeria having been completely snubbed in the two qualifying games.

Euro 2020 roundup: Ronaldo hits 700th career goal, Giroud on target again
I asked them to play more with their heads [in the second half] and be stronger defensively, while keeping our concentration. Portugal were beaten 2-1 by Ukraine in the Group B match, a result which meant Ukraine qualified for next summer's finals.

Ronaldo will now set his sights on the all-time global goalscoring record, held by Ali Daei.

Ronaldo is the all time leading scorer in the Champions League with 127 goals, holds the record for the most goals in a single Champions League season, is Real Madrid's all time highest scorer and Portugal's most capped player and record scorer.

"I don't know. What I always say is to enjoy the moment".

Portugal kept pressing until the end but couldn't find the equalizer.

Ukraine reached 19 points, eight more than Portugal and nine more than third-place Serbia, which won 2-1 at Lithuania. "No need to do the math now, we just need to win the next two games to reach Euro 2020".

One of the greatest forwards of his generation, 11 of Ibrahimovic's qualifying goals would come as Sweden reached the 2016 finals, though after a disappointing group stage exit he would retire from worldwide duty at the conclusion of the tournament.

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