Portugal come from behind to win 3-1 against Luxembourg as Ronaldo scores; rise to top of group standings

Portugal came from behind to secure their second win of the World Cup Qualification campaign as they beat Luxembourg 3-1 at the Stade Josy Barthel in on Tuesday.
Luxembourg opened the scoring through Rodrigues in the first half but just at the stroke of half time, Jota equalized.
Second half strikes from Ronaldo and Palhinha secured the points for the Selecao.
On the contrary, it was Luxembourg who made the brighter start to proceedings before Portugal slowly got themselves into the contest.
Moris was called into action as he made a comfortable save from Ronaldo’s strike.
The away side grew in confidence as the half went along and kept probing at the goal with Moris getting himself down to save Renato Sanches’ shot.
ImageBut the home side finally took advantage as Rodrigues opened the scoring with a free header from Sinani’s cross to make it 1-0.
Bernardo Silva almost equalized but his sharp shot was palmed behind by Moris to keep them in the tie.
Sanches, who is not a usual starter for the Portuguese justified his inclusion in the starting 11 today as he fired a 25-yard strike only for Moris to deny him with a one-handed brilliant save.
It was Jota, who finally equalized after the earlier strikes as the Liverpool man rose the highest unmarked to head home Neto’s cross to make it 1-1 before half time.
ImageCristiano Ronaldo got the Portuguese off to the best possible start in the second half as he steered home from Cancelo’s cross to make it 2-1 to the Selecao.
This was bound to happen as the ex-Real Madrid man had missed an earlier chance when he could not direct his header towards goal in the first half. But he was not to miss another chance.
Jota nearly made it 3-1 but the woodwork denied him.
ImageThe Selecao finally put the game to bed with Palhinha scoring off Neto’s corner kick to open his account for the national side and make it 3-1.
Luxembourg was put into further misery as they were down to 10 men in the 86th minute when Maxime Chanot received his marching orders for a foul on Sanches after being brandished a second yellow card.
The home side have to thank Moris for keeping them in the game as his saves denied Portugal from making this a field day.

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After this win, Portugal seals the top spot for now as they are on 7 points after 3 matches while Luxembourg stay 3rd in the Group A standings.


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