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Andorra 0-2 Portugal: Super-sub Cristiano Ronaldo strikes

by 07/10/2017 20:00:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Portugal beat Andorra 2-0 away on an artificial pitch in World Cup qualifying
  • The victory on Saturday kept Portugal's hopes of automatic qualification alive
  • Cristiano Ronaldo started on the bench but scored the opener for his side
  • AC Milan striker Andre Silva added a second for Portugal on 86 minutes 

By Robert Summerscales For Mailonline

Published: 16:44 EDT, 7 October 2017 | Updated: 20:00 EDT, 7 October 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to rescue Portugal as they beat Andorra 2-0 to keep their dreams of automatic World Cup qualification alive.

The Real Madrid icon struck on 63 minutes before Andre Silva wrapped up the win late on as Portugal stayed three points behind Group B leaders Switzerland, who overcame Hungary 5-2 in Basel.

Portugal now require another win in their final group game -  at home to leaders Switzerland on Tuesday - in order to top the table on goal difference. 

Substitute Cristiano Ronaldo scored a second-half opener as Portugal edged out Andorra
Substitute Cristiano Ronaldo scored a second-half opener as Portugal edged out Andorra

Substitute Cristiano Ronaldo scored a second-half opener as Portugal edged out Andorra

Ronaldo fired Portugal ahead on 63 minutes after they had been frustrated in the first period

AC Milan's Andre Silva then made sure of the victory when he found the net on 86 minutes

MATCH FACTS 

ANDORRA: Josep Gomes, Ildefonso Lima, Jesus Rubio, Max Llovera, Moises, Ludovic Clemente (Alexandre Martinez 79), Marc Rebes, Marc Vales, Victor Rodriguez (Juli Sanchez 87), Jordi Alaez, Marcio Vieira (Sergi Moreno 90)

SUBS NOT USED: Ferran Pol, Emili Garcia, Gabriel Riera, Marc García

BOOKINGS: Jordi Alaez (37), Moises (57), Victor Rodriguez (75), Sergio Moreno (90)

PORTUGAL: Rui Patricio, Eliseu, Luis Neto, Nelson Semedo, Pepe, Danilo Pereira, Gelson Martins (Cristiano Ronaldo 46), Joao Mario, Ricardo Quaresma (William Carvalho 79), Andre Silva (Goncalo Guedes 90), Bernardo Silva

SUBS NOT USED: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Vitorino Antunes, Jose Fonte, Joao Moutinho, Eder, Andre Gomes, Cedric Soares, Bruno Fernandes

GOALS:  Cristiano Ronaldo (63), Andre Silva (86)

If they fail to beat Switzerland - who have won all nine of their matches so far - Ronaldo and Co face a two-legged playoff, which is how they qualified for the past two World Cups.

Portugal registered nine shots during a frustrating first half, but just two tested the goalkeeper and both came from long range - from Ricardo Quaresma then Pepe.

The introduction of Ronaldo sparked a significant improvement, though.

Ronaldo's goal was his 15th in the qualifying group, tied for the most in Europe with Robert Lewandowski of Poland.

He also helped create Silva's goal, an eighth for the forward in the group. 

Portugal were frustrated in the first half as they battled with the Estadi Nacional's artificial turf
Portugal were frustrated in the first half as they battled with the Estadi Nacional's artificial turf

Portugal were frustrated in the first half as they battled with the Estadi Nacional's artificial turf

They only forced two saves out of Josep Gomes in the first 45 - both with long-range shots
They only forced two saves out of Josep Gomes in the first 45 - both with long-range shots

They only forced two saves out of Josep Gomes in the first 45 - both with long-range shots

Ronaldo sat with his arms crossed and looked unimpressed as he watched on from the bench
Ronaldo sat with his arms crossed and looked unimpressed as he watched on from the bench

Ronaldo sat with his arms crossed and looked unimpressed as he watched on from the bench

But he came on at the start of the second period and began to boss the game straight away
But he came on at the start of the second period and began to boss the game straight away

But he came on at the start of the second period and began to boss the game straight away

Within 18 minutes of his introduction, Ronaldo broke the deadlock and celebrated with Pepe
Within 18 minutes of his introduction, Ronaldo broke the deadlock and celebrated with Pepe

Within 18 minutes of his introduction, Ronaldo broke the deadlock and celebrated with Pepe

Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario also joined in the celebrations following Ronaldo's goal
Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario also joined in the celebrations following Ronaldo's goal

Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario also joined in the celebrations following Ronaldo's goal

There were more celebrations after Silva made sure of the victory for Portugal late on
There were more celebrations after Silva made sure of the victory for Portugal late on

There were more celebrations after Silva made sure of the victory for Portugal late on

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