The record-breaking streaks of their best players helped England and Portugal win their opening two games in the European Championship qualification phase.
Thursday’s 2-1 victory against Italy for the Three Lions gave them a flawless start in their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal’s 4-0 victory over Liechtenstein on his record 197th appearance, setting a new record for most goals in a single game.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker celebrated by scoring twice in the second half, including a decisive free kick from the edge of the box to reach 120 goals in 카지노 international competition.
Prior to Bernardo Silva quickly doubling their lead during the start of the second half, Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes both squandered significant opportunities to add to that advantage. Ronaldo then added a goal to his record-breaking performance, scoring from the penalty spot much like Kane did for England. He went one better shortly afterwards by blasting a free-kick in from the edge of the box for his second in as many games to wrap things up in style.
In his 81st international game, Kane scored England’s 54th goal in Naples from the penalty spot after Declan Rice had given the visitors the early advantage.
“Thanks to everyone who’s helped me get to this stage. It’s a great night. We haven’t won in Italy for so long so to score, and win this game, is just special,” said Kane.
“We feel like we are one of the best teams in Europe,” added Kane according to AFP. “Coming here and putting in a performance like that today shows we are ready for the next challenge.”
Declan Rice capitalized on a stray ball in the box after Italy failed to clear a right-side corner after England had outplayed them in the opening minutes. Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham had also come near. Moments before the break, they earned a questionable penalty for a handball in the area by Giovanni Di Lorenzo, and after a protracted VAR review, the spot-kick was given, giving them a well-deserved double-digit advantage.
Kane’s record-breaking goal came from another set-piece, which Giovanni Di Lorenzo handled inside the box. The Tottenham striker sent Gianluigi Donnarumma the wrong way to put the memory of his missed penalty against France late in the game in Doha to rest. However, Italy came back when Argentine-born striker Mateo Retegui scored on his debut for his country after the break.
After Luke Shaw received two quick yellow cards, England was 먹튀검증 forced to play the final 10 minutes with only one man, but they held out to secure their first victory against Italy since 1961.