Euro 2024 Qualifying: Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Twice In Five-Star Win For Portugal Over Bosnia
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored over 40 goals in 12 different calendar years after his twin strikes for Portugal against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal in a 5-0 demolition of host Bosnia in Group J of next year’s European Championship 2024 qualifying match. Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix also scored with all goals coming in the first half.
Ronaldo has now scored at least 40 goals in 12 different calendar years. The 38-year-old striker hit the 40-goal mark for 2023 during Portugal’s 5-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Monday night.
Ronaldo opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the fifth minute. That was his 39th goal of 2023.
This was Ronaldo’s ninth goal for Portugal in 2023, coming in his seventh international appearance of the year. At club level, Ronaldo has so far scored 31 goals in 36 games for Al Nassr since January.
Iceland routed Liechtenstein 4-0 and Slovakia won 1-0 at Luxembourg in the same group. Netherlands came away from Greece with a 1-0 win in Group B to revive its hopes. Virgil Van Dijk’s penalty in second-half stoppage time sent the Netherlands above their opponents and into second in their group. Both have 12 points.
Substitute Marcel Sabitzer scored from the penalty spot shortly after entering the game to secure a 1-0 win for Austria at Azerbaijan and send his country to next year’s European Championship in a day overshadowed by a deadly shooting in Brussels which saw Belgium's game against Sweden halted at halftime.
“Due to the incidents in Brussels earlier tonight, play is suspended. Our thoughts are with all those affected,” a post from the Belgian national team read on X, formerly known as Twitter.
European football governing body UEFA confirmed the Group F match had been called off following consultation with both teams and local police. The score was 1-1 at the time. Viktor Gyokeres gave Sweden a 15th-minute lead, but Romelu Lukaku had Belgium level just after the half-hour.
Belgium had already qualified for Euro 2024 while Sweden’s chances of a top-two place had been ended by Austria’s victory earlier.
After losing 3-2 to Belgium in Vienna last week in the fight for Group F supremacy — Austria's only defeat in seven qualifying games so far — Sabitzer and his teammates knew a win in Baku would secure a spot at the tournament hosted by Germany. With several key players sidelined because of injuries, Austria struggled to create real chances in the first half. It was awarded a penalty just minutes into the second half after a hand ball. Sabitzer was clinical in converting with a strike into the corner in the 48th.
Sabitzer, who plays for Borussia Dortmund, recently returned to competition after recovering from an adductor injury he picked up last month in a Champions League match against PSG. Austria finished with 10 men after striker Guido Burgstaller was sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card.
Austria became the seventh team to qualify after Belgium, France, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Turkey, along with host Germany.