European Championship Qualifying - Group I
Portugal1Armenia0

Portugal 1-0 Armenia

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 25 goals this season

Cristiano Ronaldo became the European Championship's all-time leading scorer when he grabbed the winner in the Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Armenia.

The Real Madrid forward scored his 23rd goal in European qualifiers and finals when he scrambled home in the 71st minute after Portugal had struggled.

That took him past Denmark's Jon Dahl Tomasson and Turkey's Hakan Sukur, both of whom scored 22.

Portugal moved into second in Group I with six points from three games.

Apart from his goal, world player of the year Ronaldo had a poor game, highlighted when he fired three free-kicks into the Armenia wall.

Armenia had chances, with Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan forcing Rui Patricio into a great save in the 14th minute.

Midfielder Kamo Hovhannisyan also tested the Portugal goalkeeper in the opening half-hour.

Former Chelsea full-back Jose Bosingwa, 32, made his Portugal return after a four-year absence, while another ex-Blues player, 36-year-old Ricardo Carvalho, also started.

In the group's other game, Denmark came from a goal down to defeat Serbia 3-1.

The match was played in an empty Partizan stadium in Belgrade, the first of two Serbia qualifiers to be played behind closed doors as punishment for the violence that marred their match against Albania last month.

In Budapest, former West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera scored six minutes from time as Hungary beat Finland 1-0 to move two points behind second-placed Northern Ireland in Group F.

Line-ups

Portugal

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 5Bosingwa
  • 3PepeBooked at 42mins
  • 6CarvalhoBooked at 14mins
  • 13Guerreiro
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 19TiagoBooked at 36mins
  • 17NaniSubstituted forCarvalhoat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10DannyBooked at 69minsSubstituted forQuaresmaat 70'minutes
  • 7Ronaldo
  • 23PostigaSubstituted forÉderat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno Alves
  • 4Fonte
  • 9Éder
  • 11Vieirinha
  • 12Lopes
  • 14Carvalho
  • 15André Gomes
  • 16João Mário
  • 18Damil Gomes
  • 20Quaresma
  • 21Soares
  • 22Beto

Armenia

  • 1Berezovskiy
  • 13Hovhannisyan
  • 3Haroyan
  • 5ArzumanyanBooked at 90mins
  • 4Voskanyan
  • 20Hayrapetyan
  • 18Mkhitaryan
  • 6MkrtchyanSubstituted forPizzelliat 84'minutes
  • 7YedigaryanBooked at 34minsSubstituted forSarkisovat 77'minutes
  • 10GhazaryanSubstituted forManucharyanat 63'minutes
  • 14Movsisyan

Substitutes

  • 2Voskanyan
  • 8Pizzelli
  • 9Hovsepyan
  • 11Sarkisov
  • 12Kasparov
  • 15Mkoyan
  • 16Aslanyan-Mamedov
  • 17Beglaryan
  • 19Hambardzumyan
  • 21Karapetyan
  • 22Manucharyan
  • 23Simonyan
Referee:
Anastasios Sidiropoulos
Attendance:
20,000

Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamArmenia
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home30
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Portugal 1, Armenia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portugal 1, Armenia 0.

Attempt missed. Pepe (Portugal) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ricardo Quaresma with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Robert Arzumanyan (Armenia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Robert Arzumanyan (Armenia).

Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Varazdat Haroyan (Armenia).

Attempt saved. Marcos Pizzelli (Armenia) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Booking

William Carvalho (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

Artur Sarkisov (Armenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Eder (Portugal) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Ricardo Quaresma with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Levon Hayrapetyan.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. William Carvalho replaces Nani.

Eder (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Varazdat Haroyan (Armenia).

Attempt saved. Artur Sarkisov (Armenia) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcos Pizzelli.

Attempt missed. Eder (Portugal) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Attempt missed. Nani (Portugal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ricardo Quaresma.

Substitution

Substitution, Armenia. Marcos Pizzelli replaces Karlen Mkrtchyan.

Offside, Portugal. Ricardo Quaresma tries a through ball, but Raphael Guerreiro is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Armenia. Artur Sarkisov replaces Artur Yedigaryan because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Artur Yedigaryan (Armenia) because of an injury.

Foul by Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal).

Yura Movsisyan (Armenia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Quaresma.

Goal!

Goal! Portugal 1, Armenia 0. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nani.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Ricardo Quaresma replaces Danny.

Booking

Danny (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny (Portugal).

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Varazdat Haroyan (Armenia).

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Kamo Hovhannisyan.

Attempt saved. Taron Voskanyan (Armenia) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Levon Hayrapetyan with a cross.

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