The now Manchester Utd forward had an early penalty saved by Gavin Bazunu
While John Egan headed the Republic of Ireland ahead in the first half, but they remain without any points
Cristiano Ronaldo broke the men’s all-time international scoring record as his late goals secured a dramatic 2-1 win for Portugal
Heading into the 89th minute, Stephen Kenny and his side were on the cusp of a famous victory at the Estadio Algarve and their first points of the campaign.
Top International Mens Scorers
110 CRISTIANO RONALDO
109 Ali Daei
89 Mokhtar Dahari
84 Ferenc Puskas
79 Godfrey Chitalu
78 Hussein Saeed
76 Lionel Messi pic.twitter.com/oIbdoEyIKr
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 1, 2021
But Ronaldo was inevitable has he scored two similar goals with Goncalo Guedes putting in the first cross and Ronaldo nodding it into the back of the net
In addition to the goal being an important equalizer with that goal Ronaldo also broke Ali Daei’s record
Then, on the 96th minute, Joao Mario sent in a similar ball, which Ronaldo again headed past Gavin Bazunu
Ronaldo took his tally to 111 international goals with this goal
However, the new Manchester United signing did not begin the game well.
It appeared to be an unlikely match-up when Ronaldo lined up a penalty in front of the Republic of Ireland’s 19-year-old goalkeeper.
Gavin Banzunu made an incredible save to deny the forward.
VAR was also involved as the VAR officials took their time to decide whether the penalty would be taken.
Republic of Ireland matched up to their opponents well in the first half and went ahead on the stroke of half-time .
However, Portugal sucker-punched the Irish late on to extend their lead at the top of Group A by 3 points.