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Ronaldo scores 100th Portugal goal

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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 57 free-kicks in his career, with 10 of them coming for Portugal

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo became the first European to score 100 international goals in men’s football and then passed that mark with both goals in the Nations League win over Sweden.

The captain curled a stunning free-kick into the top corner – the 57th of his career – to reach the landmark.

The Juventus forward, 35, then fired in a fine second from outside the box.

Ronaldo, who played 81 minutes, is within eight goals of the world record.

Iran’s Ali Daei – the only man to score more international goals than Ronaldo – hit 109 during his playing career from 1993 to 2006.

The next top scoring current players are India’s Sunil Chhetri (72) and Argentina’s Lionel Messi (70).

The result means defending Nations League champions Portugal have won their opening two games of this year’s event.

Their task was made easier when Sweden had Gustav Svensson sent off for two bookings – but there was a downside to their win as Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva was replaced after suffering a suspected muscle strain.

Portugal could have won by more with Bruno Fernandes hitting the bar and Ronaldo, on his 165th cap, forcing a good save from Robin Olsen as he searched for a hat-trick.

Almost half of Ronaldo’s international goals have come since his 30th birthday – 49 goals in 47 games.

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Line-ups

Sweden

  • 1Olsen
  • 16Krafth
  • 3Helander
  • 18Jansson
  • 6Augustinsson
  • 15KulusevskiSubstituted forEkdalat 90′minutes
  • 13SvenssonBooked at 44mins
  • 20Olsson
  • 10ForsbergSubstituted forSvanbergat 79′minutes
  • 9Berg
  • 14IsakSubstituted forQuaisonat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lustig
  • 4Holmén
  • 5Bengtsson
  • 7Larsson
  • 8Ekdal
  • 11Guidetti
  • 12Johnsson
  • 17Svanberg
  • 19Andersson
  • 21Sema
  • 22Quaison
  • 23Nordfeldt

Portugal

  • 12Lopes
  • 20Cancelo
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Rúben Dias
  • 5GuerreiroBooked at 56mins
  • 8João MoutinhoSubstituted forNevesat 73′minutes
  • 13Danilo
  • 11Bruno Fernandes
  • 10Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forGonçalo Guedesat 22′minutes
  • 23SequeiraBooked at 86mins
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forJotaat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 6José Fonte
  • 9André Silva
  • 14Machado Trincão
  • 15Jota
  • 16Coutinho Meneses Duarte
  • 17Gonçalo Guedes
  • 18Neves
  • 19Mário Rui
  • 21Oliveira
  • 22Dantas da Silva

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Sweden 0, Portugal 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Sweden 0, Portugal 2.

  3. Foul by João Cancelo (Portugal).

  4. Albin Ekdal (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Attempt missed. Mattias Svanberg (Sweden) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  6. Substitution, Sweden. Albin Ekdal replaces Dejan Kulusevski.

  7. Foul by João Cancelo (Portugal).

  8. Robin Quaison (Sweden) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Robin Olsen.

  10. Attempt saved. João Félix (Portugal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

  11. Attempt blocked. Pontus Jansson (Sweden) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kristoffer Olsson.

  12. João Félix (Portugal) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Foul by João Cancelo (Portugal).

  14. Mattias Svanberg (Sweden) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Attempt missed. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota following a fast break.

  16. Gonçalo Guedes (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Foul by Ludwig Augustinsson (Sweden).

  18. Substitution, Portugal. Diogo Jota replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.

  19. Offside, Portugal. Bruno Fernandes tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

  20. Foul by João Cancelo (Portugal).

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