Following Manchester City loan Gavin Bazunu saved the first-half penalty for Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester UK, the headlines wrote themselves.
Ireland appeared to hold for the world cup win but, as so often happens, Ronaldo had two last words to crush Irish hearts in the last two goals and the global record, with a world championship win in Portugal.
Ronaldo remarked, “I am extremely pleased not just about the record but also about the wonderful moments at the finish with two goals,”
“It was extremely challenging, but what the team and the fans believed to the finish of the play deserved to be appreciated.”
This night, Ronaldo and his fellow citizens were exasperating as Ireland diligently guarded after taking the lead, and confined hosts from afar to pots.
Cristiano Ronaldo took a free kick to the area in the 89th minute, but Bazunu repeatedly blocked his efforts.
In the past, the Iranian Ali Daei has duplicated the achievement in the 96th minute, taking another header to 111 in the total of 109 international targets.