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Luxembourg will have made Portugal tremble

The Roude Léiws lost 3-1 on Tuesday night to Cristiano Ronaldo and his team in their first home game of the World Cup qualifying campaign. A meeting that took place in a stadium emptied of everything.

The Roude Léiws lost 3-1 on Tuesday night to Cristiano Ronaldo and his team in their first home game of the World Cup qualifying campaign. A meeting that took place in a stadium emptied of everything.

(ASdN with Joe Turmes) – The match had started well. From the start, the players of the Luxembourg Football Federation (FLF) put their opponents under pressure: in the 14th minute, a shot from Sinani was blocked at the last second. For their part, the reigning European champions struggled to create scoring opportunities worthy of the name.

Portugal then recovered. In the 24th minute, goalkeeper Moris was in the hot seat after a free kick from exceptional footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Five minutes later, the Luxembourg goalkeeper was quickly knocked down after a shot from Renato Sanches.


Gerson Rodrigues, here against Portugal's José Fonte (r.), Scores 1-0 for Luxembourg.

Gerson Rodrigues, here against Portugal’s José Fonte (r.), Scores 1-0 for Luxembourg.

Photo: Ben Majerus

As the Portuguese players started to find their rhythm, Luxembourg struck first. Rodrigues headed a cross from Sinani in the 30th minute. It was the second goal of the campaign for the 25-year-old Kyiv legionnaire, following his winning goal in Ireland. On the bench, national coach Luc Holtz exploded with joy.

After this first goal, the reigning European champions picked up the pace at the Josy-Barthel stadium, Bernardo Silva (36th) and Renato Sanches (43rd) forcing Moris to make brilliant saves before Cristiano Ronaldo cleared his head ( 45th). After keeping everyone in suspense, Diogo Jota finally scored with a header, tying the score at 1-1. It was the Liverpool striker’s third goal in the current World Cup qualifying campaign.

Thill’s powerful free kick

At the start of the second half, Portugal took control and was quick to take the lead: Cancelo was behind an assist for Cristiano Ronaldo, who then only had to score (50th). What he does.

Luxembourg tries to react and gets a good opportunity by Rodrigues, who missed the frame after a counter-attack (54th). The Roude Léiws were still not beaten: in the 71st minute, substitute Sébastien Thill forced goalkeeper Lopes to a brilliant save with a powerful free kick.



Portugal began to defend more and more. But a mistake gave the visitors a huge opportunity: after a failure by Christopher Martins, Cristiano Ronaldo headed alone towards Moris’ goal, but could not beat the Luxembourg goalkeeper twice (78th). Finally, the replacement Palhinha headed a corner for the final decision (80th). In the final phase, the Luxembourger Chanot received a yellow card.


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