Cristiano Ronaldo’s woeful free-kick offered a second of viral humour but the Portugal star recovered to get himself on the scoresheet as Portugal warmed up for Euro 2020 with a win towards Israel.
Playing their final recreation earlier than they start the defence of their European title, Portugal recorded a routine win in Lisbon thanks to a double from Bruno Fernandes and objectives from Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo.
But earlier than Fernandes opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, Portugal skipper Ronaldo was offered with an opportunity of his personal as he lined up a free-kick round 25 yards out.
Adopting his trademark pose, CR7 took intention earlier than blasting off his effort – solely to skew the ball embarrassingly into Row Z on the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
Fans maybe don’t get the possibility to gloat on the misfortunes of a five-time Ballon d’Or winner all that always, and gleefully seized on the clip on-line.
“Greatest free-kick taker of all time,” goaded one Twitter person, whereas others posted varied memes mocking the flight path of Ronaldo’s errant try.
I used to be having a pleasant nap on the sofa throughout the first half of the Israel vs Portugal recreation, once I was abruptly startled awake by gunshots on TV. At first I used to be confused, then I noticed the noise was simply Penaldo’s free kick bouncing off the stadium stands. Keep it down Penaldo!
— Wandy (@RandyFCB_) June 9, 2021
“Greatest freek kick taker of all time”
— ً dou 🇵🇹 (@visionarydou) June 9, 2021
Thankfully for Ronaldo the woeful strike didn’t show expensive, as Manchester United playmaker Fernandes opened the scoring not lengthy after when he put away a Cancelo cut-back.
Fernandes turned supplier two minutes later to arrange Ronaldo, whose effort beat Israel ‘keeper Ofir Marciano.
The strike from Ronaldo was number 104 for his country, edging him closer to the all-time record international haul of 109 strikes by Iranian great Ali Daei.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 104th goal for Portugal tonight:He is only 5 goals away from equaling Ali Daei’s world report for worldwide objectives scored (109):🇵🇹 175 matches⚽️ 104 objectives🎯 31 assists 🐐👏 pic.twitter.com/jCtN7SZgW9
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 9, 2021
Since turning 30 years outdated, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 50 objectives for Portugal. That would place him 2nd in the all-time goalscorers record for Portugal. Deep how loopy that’s, he’s competing with himself.
— TC (@totalcristiano) June 9, 2021
Portugal continued to dominate in Lisbon as they racked up 24 pictures, but solely prolonged their lead in the 86th minute when full-back Cancelo reduce inside from the precise flank and curled a left-footed effort into the underside nook.
Fernandes then added his second in harm time – and his fourth aim for the Selecao – with an outstanding strike from the sting of the world.
The warm-up win fingers Fernando Santos’ males a carry as they head into Euro 2020’s ‘Group of Death’.
The reigning champions have been drawn alongside World Cup winners France, three-time Euro kings Germany, and outsiders Hungary.
Portugal open their defence towards Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday, earlier than a visit to Munich to face Germany on June 19 and a concluding Group F recreation with France again in Budapest on June 23.