Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo inspires Portugal’s key victory over Luxembourg in the World Cup qualifiers

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal against Luxembourg in Luxembourg on Tuesday night.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored when Portugal came from behind to beat Luxembourg 3-1 in the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.

Luxembourg, which started with a surprise victory over Ireland, looked for a new shock result after Gerson Rodriguez put the hosts ahead in the 30th minute. But Diogo Iota equalized in the second minute of the stoppage time and Ronaldo and Joao Palhinia added goals in the second half.

After being held without results in the first two qualifiers this year, Ronaldo scored his 31st goal in the World Cup qualifier in the 51st with a close touch after a low cross by Joao Cancello.

He has now scored for Portugal every calendar year since his first international goal in 2004 and has broken away with six of the all-time record for the men’s national team. The record of 109 goals is held by the former striker of Iran Ali Daei, the only other male player who surpassed the cornerstone of 100 goals.

Ronaldo was furious after a 2-2 draw against Serbia was not allowed on Saturday, although the ball appeared to have crossed the line.

Jota equalized with a header for their third goal in those qualifiers, and Palhinha came off the bench to score his first goal in three international appearances in the 80’s.

Luxembourg defender Maxim Chanot was sent off in the 86th minute after a second yellow card for a serious foul was shown.

Portugal striker Joao Felix had to leave the field in the first half due to injury.

Earlier, Alexander Mitrovic scored in each half as Serbia beat Azerbaijan 2-1 to stay level with Portugal at the top of Group A with seven points from three matches.

(With AP inputs).



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