Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo tonight missed his chance to equal the record of Robert Lewandowski as the highest goalscorer in the history of European qualifiers for the World Cup.
Coming up short
Ronaldo, who’s Portugal were facing off against Switzerland for an automatic place at next summer’s Russian showpiece, sat just one goal shy of the all-time record of 16, which had been set by Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski with Poland during this campaign.
The 32-year-old looked typically hungry to find the net, getting himself into some great positions throughout this evening’s fixture.
However, his record-equalling goal never came, with one particular chance likely to give the 4-time Ballon D’Or winner nightmares when looking back at proceedings.
After Ronaldo was sent through one-on-one with Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer by Joao Mario in the 78th minute, viewers watched on and simply waited for the net to bulge.
It was a chance that the 4-time Ballon D’Or winner would fancy himself to take 9 times out of 10, but it also just so happened to be the 1 that he missed.
The former Manchester United star attempted to round the onrushing Sommer, but took far too long to make his mind up, eventually making a hash of his effort to leave the ball firmly in the hands of Switzerland’s no.1:
While it may not have been a momentous night for Ronaldo on a personal level, he will no doubt be thrilled with the overall outcome of the clash nonetheless, as Portugal cemented their place at next summer’s World Cup with an impressive 2-0 win.
An own goal from former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou and a strike from AC Milan hitman Andre Silva proved the difference, with Switzerland becoming the first team in the history of European qualification to rack up 27 points and not secure an automatic place at the World Cup in the process.