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14.11.2014 » Portugal 1-0 Armenia. Ronaldo secured the 3 points in record fashion

Cristiano Ronaldo joy after scoring the winner in Portugal vs Armenia, at the EURO 2016 qualifiers

Portugal escaped another embarrassing home result in the EURO 2016 qualifiers, after seeing Cristiano Ronaldo rescuing the 3 points against Armenia, already inside the last 20 minutes of the game. With tonight's goal, the Portuguese forward also became the all-time top scorer in European championships, qualifiers and final stages included.

After last month's crucial win in Denmark, Fernando Santos' second game at the helm of the Portuguese National Team finished with another narrow 1-0 victory, this time in a home fixture against Armenia and where Cristiano Ronaldo made all the diference by scoring the winning goal deep in the second half. The Real Madrid superstar not only assured that Portugal will remain on the right track to qualify to the EURO 2016 in France, but he also established a new record in what concerns the European championships books. Ronaldo is now the all-time top scorer of European Championships qualifiers and final stages combined, setting the current mark on 23 goals (17 in qualifiers and 6 in the tournament's final stages). Following tonigth's win, Portugal are now second in Group I with 6 points in 3 games, one point behind Denmark, who are one fixture ahead of the rest of the teams though...

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Portugal vs Armenia
Portugal 1-0 Armenia
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The new Portuguese National Team coach may have just taken over the reins last month, but he can already be proud of having put Portugal on the right course to a potential qualification for the EURO 2016. The "Lusitanos" started by beating Denmark in a dramatic fashion exactly a month ago and even though this Friday night the goal may have arrived earlier than it did in Copenhagen, the truth is that these 3 points didn't come very easy for Fernando Santos' men.

The 60-year old manager lined up with a sort of a classic 4-4-2 formation, with Rui Patrício in goal, right behind a back-four formed by Raphael Guerreiro on the left, Bosingwa on the right, and a centre partnership between Pepe and Ricardo Carvalho. In midfield, the hosts paired Tiago next to João Moutinho, which ended up granting more freedom to the attacking roles fulfilled by Nani and Danny. Upfront, Hélder Postiga was played next to Cristiano Ronaldo.

The first-half ended goalless, despite a more than predictable dominance from the Portuguese team. Fernando Santos was seeing his men dictating the pace of the game, but without really creating many dangerous plays near Armenia's box. On the other hand, the visitors were banking on a clear counter-attack strategy and they did earn their fair share of chances before the referee decided to whistle for the half-time break...

Cristiano Ronaldo left-footed shot for Portugal

As soon as the game resumed for its second half, Fernando Santos ordered several of his players from the bench to start warming up. After having lost against Albania in the opening round of their EURO 2016 qualifiers journey, Portugal simply couldn't afford to drop any more points at home. Éder would come in for Postiga in the 56th minute and shortly after, Danny was replaced by Ricardo Quaresma. It was that second substitution that turned out to be more fruitful for the Portuguese Team though, with Quaresma playing a decisive part in the build-up for the only goal scored in the Algarve this Friday night.

The 71st minute was about to run out in the Algarve Stadium, when a great combination play between Nani and Quaresma allowed for the FC Porto midfielder to get himself in front of Berezovsky. His first shot got saved by the Armenian goalkeeper, but following the extreme passivity from the visitors' defending men to clear the ball away from danger, Nani got anouther touch to it and assisted Cristiano Ronaldo for an easy tap-in goal. It was his 52nd goal in 117 caps and his 5th for Portugal in the 2014 calendar year.

With no further official fixtures scheduled before March of 2015, Portugal will now take on Argentina in a friendly international in Manchester, at the emblematic Old Trafford stadium. Next Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will go head to head, one last time before the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2014 winner is announced on January 12 of 2015.

Cristiano Ronaldo wearing Portugal's white jersey and blue shorts

Portugal line-up vs Armenia:

Goalkeeper: Rui Patrício
Defenders: Raphael Guerreiro, Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho, Bosingwa
Midfielders: Tiago, João Moutinho, Nani, Danny
Attackers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Hélder Postiga.

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Portugal
vs
Armenia
1
Goals
0
16
Shots
9
6
Shots on goal
7
7
Corner kicks
2
16
Fouls commited
18
5
Yellow cards
2
0
Red cards
0
-
Ball possession
-

Cristiano Ronaldo next game will be another cap for the Portuguese National Team in a friendly international against Argentina, scheduled for next Tuesday, the 18th of November. You can watch Juventus live stream, Portugal vs Argentina, Spain vs Belarus, England vs Slovenia, Italy vs Croatia, and Netherlands vs Latvia, all matches provided from our live soccer streaming game pages.

Portugal next game:
Portugal vs Argentina
kick-off time (18-11-2014):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+6: 01:45
Spain
(Madrid) | GMT+1: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+0: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-4: 15:45
New York (United States) | GMT-5: 14:45
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-8 11:45
Beijing (China) | GMT+7: 02:45

Sources: ronaldo7.net / uefa.com / espnfc.com / goal.com

Cristiano Ronaldo starting an attacking play for Portugal, in the EURO 2016 qualifying stage

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Portugal goal by sliding on his knees

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