History marks Ronaldo’s name once again as Portugal defeat Northern Ireland 4-2
History has always been kind to Windsor Park, remembering the stadium’s name in the pages as a shrine of achievements. Cristiano Ronaldo has always had a great sense of history and achievement, therefore a regular match between Northern Ireland and Portugal quickly turned into a mouthwatering game with the coveted Portuguese forward grabbing a stunning hat-trick and in the process becoming the second-highest goal scorer for Portugal.
The Real Madrid forward didn’t wait for media to surround him after the game. Instead Ronaldo slid out from a back entrance of the stadium even before everyone had made their exits. Nonetheless, Ronaldo stayed long enough to receive the match-ball for his star-struck performance.
Ronaldo also won a ton of praise from his teammates for helping Portugal win their World Cup qualifying match over Northern Ireland with a 4-2 scoreline. Ronaldo’s compatriot Joao Moutinho congratulated his teammate and said that he was proud to see Ronaldo perform so well for the national team.
“We're thankful for the player that he is,” Joao Moutinho said. “We have to congratulate him for everything he's done for our country and to help [our team]. Every player gives everything they have for the national side. Ronaldo is an important piece of our team, and of course it really helps when he has a good game.
“He had a great night and his goals were very important to us,” Nani told reporters after the game, “but all the players did well.”
To put the game into words, the game was ecstatically electrifying, especially since Portugal’s chance of finishing their group on top were starting fade away as they were a goal down and later a man down as well. However, Ronaldo became a one-man army to set the wet pitch on fire with his blitzing form. Meanwhile, the Manchester United winger, Nani also played an important role in bringing back Portugal. Still it was his former Manchester United teammate, Ronaldo who destroyed Northern Ireland’s defense to become the cult-hero for his nation once again.
“I have to confess I was a bit worried when I came on,” Nani added, “but we kept confident that we could change the result and that's what we did. It's very important. The team's competing for first position, so I think we did really well tonight to get the three points and to keep to Russia under pressure.”