Ronaldo reaches 100 caps in Portugal draw
Cristiano Ronaldo makes it 100 caps for Portugal in 1-1 draw against Northern Ireland
Cristiano Ronaldo made it 100 caps for Portugal last night, becoming the third youngest player in European football history to reach three figures during the 1-1 draw against Northern Ireland.
The 27-year-old sits behind Lukas Podolski (Germany) and Kristen Viikame (Estonia) in the record books, and is also third on the all-time Portuguese list behind Luis Figo and Fernando Couto.
It wasn't a result the Real Madrid star would have wanted on the night however, with Ronaldo unable to make it a game to remember during 90 minutes of frustration for Paulo Bento's side.
Niall McGinn gave the visitors a shock lead at the Estadio do Dragao, finishing smartly past goalkeeper Rui Patricio after 30 minutes. The Aberdeen star was found after great work from Jonny Evans and Kyle Lafferty.
Cristiano Ronaldo had earlier sent a warning shot with an effort wide of Maik Taylor's goal, but for all the captain's efforts, they were unable to get past the 117th-ranked side in world football.
The former Manchester United star hit the bar in search of an equaliser in the first-half, and then found Aaron Hughes in the way in the second period when he seemed destined to score.
Helder Postiga was to break Northern Irish hearts and rescue the blushes of Ronaldo however, poking home with barely 10 minutes left after a scrap in the penalty box.
“This was a bad result, we were poor in the first half and wasteful in the second,” Bento reflected post-match.
Captain Ronaldo will undoubtedly feel the same way, with Portugal now facing a tough task to overhaul Russia at the top of the Group F table.