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Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice in easy Portugal win

Portugal enjoyed a routine victory over Liechtenstein in their opening Euro 2024 qualifying match on Thursday.

Cristiano Ronaldo was under the spotlight as he was making his record 197th international appearance, a figure more than any other player in history.

The 38-year-old striker, now with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr, surpassed Kuwait’s Bader Al-Mutawa, with whom he shared the previous record of 196 games.

Joao Cancelo gave the hosts the lead after eight minutes with a deflected long range drive to calm any potential nerves.

Surprisingly, the scoreline remained 1-0 until the second half, before Portugal ran riot.

Bernardo Silva made it 2-0 on 47 minutes before Ronaldo made sure he was the star of the show.

On 51 minutes, the captain scored a penalty, before netting a second goal not long after.

The win was a perfect start for Roberto Martinez at the helm of the Selecao, a night that will be best remembered for Ronaldo’s record-breaking appearance.

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