Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo starts and finishes lethal 17-sec counter-attack
It wasn’t Portugal’s day as they gave up an early lead to suffer a 4-2 defeat to Germany, but Cristiano Ronaldo will no doubt take some solace in adding another notch to his ridiculous international record.
A victory for Ronaldo’s Portugal would have confirmed their place in the knockout stages, while a defeat for Germany would have left their qualification hopes hanging by a thread.
And it all went to plan for the reigning Euros holders in the opening stages as they sat back, defending diligently and absorbing Germany’s possession before punishing them with a lethal counter-attack. You can probably guess who was involved at both ends.
The 36-year-old Juventus forward already sealed his status as the all-time top scorer in the history of the European Championships, as well as the only player to score in five different tournaments, with a late brace in their opening 3-0 victory over Hungary.
And he added to his tally with the opener, after just 15 minutes, against Germany in sunny Munich. Ronaldo leapt to head clear a corner, before sprinting to join in with the attack. 17 seconds later, after some fine work from Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota, he was tapping the ball past Manuel Neuer.
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 19, 2021