- Ukraine vs Portugal saw 10-man Yellow-Blue stun Selecao 2-1
- Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko netted two goals for Ukraine in the first half
- Ronaldo reduced the deficit for Portugal in the second half
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 700th career goals as Ukraine defeated Portugal 2-1 in a tough Euro 2020 Group B contest on Monday night, October 14, at NSK Olimpijs Kiev.
The performance on the the night saw Portugal suffer their first defeat since their loss against Uruguay in round of 16 at 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Selecao are also eight points behind group leaders Ukraine’s Yellow-Blue, who qualify for Euro 2020 with their victory over the European champions.
Portugal introduced their pair of Goncalo Guedes and Joao Mario in their starting XI as the only two changes for Portugal from the squad that defeated Luxembourg in Lisbon on Friday.
Ronaldo and teammates were playing catch up as early as the sixth minute after Roman Yaremchuk broke the deadlock from close range off a decent corner-kick that Portugal shot-stopper Rui Patricio failed to keep out.
Selecao tried to get back into the contest, but their hosts doubled their advantage through Andriy Yarmolenko from a tap into the far net with his left leg, to see Portugal two-goal down after 26 minutes.
The trio of Mario, Danilo and Bernardo Silva were on top of their game, with the reigning champions keen on staging a comeback before the end of the first 45 minutes.
At the restart, Portugal brought on Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix ran for Guedes, who suffered a knock before the half-time break.
Ronaldo came close to reducing the deficit for Portugal with a powerful free-kick from 30 yards out in the 49th minute of the contest, but Andriy Pyatov parried the ball away from danger, with the Yellow-Blue keeping their two-goal lead.
Pyatov was also spot on to stop Ronaldo’s effort again moments later.
With 20 minutes left on the clock, Ronaldo blasted home his 700th career goal from the penalty spot after Taras Stepanenko was sent off for deliberately handling the ball, to see the Portugal needing one goal to level scores.
It was a close finish for the Selecao after Danilo’s strike could only kiss the woodwork.
There was still time for Ronaldo to attempt a late header but Pyatov wason hand to make the save as Ukraine held on to seal their passage to Euro 2020.
Legit.ng reported earlier that Portuguese professional football club Sporting Lisbon are now considering naming their stadium after their former star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Juventus forward started his professional career at Sporting Lisbon when he was 16 before leaving the club for Manchester United in 2003.
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