Portugal beat (2-0) Switzerland in Lisbon and they got the ticket to the World Cup. They needed to win to top their group and they didn’t fail thanks to the goals scored by Djourou (OG) and André Silva. Cristiano Ronaldo will play his fourth World Cup.
However, the Real Madrid striker didn’t have his best evening. He wasn’t able to score despite having one very clear opportunity, so he wasn’t the topscorer of the qualification stage for the World Cup. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has this honour with 16 goals. Cristiano was able to score 15, a great number of nets.
The best players of the world have to be in Russia and Cristiano earned his ticket in a very difficult group. Now, the Real Madrid striker can focus in La Liga, where he had difficulties to score yet. In this international break, Cristiano scored one goal against Andorra.
Cristiano Ronaldo joins Keylor Navas in the Real Madrid players list to get the ticket to the World Cup. Luka Modric has to wait, because Croatia have to play a playoff to qualify. Besides, Gareth Bale will miss the World Cup after the defeat suffered by Wales at home against Ireland.
The next World Cup in Russia will see another fight between Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Both were risking to miss the World Cup, but the Barcelona star scored a hat-trick against Ecuador (1-3), so Argentina qualified for Russia. The former Real Madrid player James Rodríguez also got his ticket with Colombia after a draw in Peru.
Now, Zinedine Zidane will have the opportunity to prepare the game against Getafe with all his players. The only problem is that Keylor Navas returned injured with Costa Rica, so he won’t be ready to face Getafe on Saturday. Hopefully, the goalkeeper can be fit to meet Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.