WATCH: 19-Year-Old Goalkeeper Saves Cristiano Ronaldo Penalty in the World Cup Qualifiers

Published 09/02/2021, 2:17 AM EDT
Soccer Football – World Cup – UEFA Qualifiers – Group A – Portugal v Republic of Ireland – Estadio Algarve, Almancil, Portugal – September 1, 2021 Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo before he misses a penalty REUTERS/Pedro Nunes


As the international break begins, teams across the world are competing against each other to qualify for the World Cup. Likewise, Portugal faced off with Ireland in an incredible thriller. Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in the dying minutes to take home the victory.

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However, Ronaldo had a less than ideal start to the game. After Jeff Hendrick brought Bruno Fernandes down in the penalty box, up stepped the prolific CR7 to score. Surprisingly, he missed his spot-kick. Gavin Bazunu made a terrific save to deny Ronaldo a goal.

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Bazunu denies Cristiano Ronaldo

Being an incredible penalty taker, Ronaldo hit a fierce shot to the left which was saved brilliantly by Bazunu. The 19-year-old goalkeeper is plying his trade in Portsmouth after leaving out on loan from Manchester City. It was a terrific save and kept Portugal at bay. Soon after, John Egan gave them a shock lead with a towering header over the defender.

In the meantime, Diogo Jota and Fernandes tried hard to level the scores up. But, Bazunu was on fire as he kept saving whatever was thrown at him. Quite an incredible display of goalkeeping by the Citizen.

Having said that, Ronaldo cherishes these moments. Although arguments remain on who is a better player amongst him and Messi, these two players are at the peak of perfection. They rise every single time.

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History made by CR7

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As the game entered the final minutes, Gonçalo Guedes chipped in a cross to the six-yard box as Ronaldo jumped highest and scored a majestic header. But he was not done yet. In the 95th minute, the forward was on his spring-board again and scored a well-placed header into the goalpost.

Soccer Football – World Cup – UEFA Qualifiers – Group A – Portugal v Republic of Ireland – Estadio Algarve, Almancil, Portugal – September 1, 2021 Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Pedro Nunes TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

By scoring these two goals, he made history by creating a unique record. He went past Ali Daei from Iran to become the highest goal scorer in international football competitions. The Portuguese sensation now has 111 goals from 180 matches.

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Significantly, after receiving a yellow card, he is suspended for the next World Cup qualifier game. Thus, Ronaldo is all set to make his second-debut in the upcoming Premier League fixture with Manchester United.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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