With goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Zolta, Euro champions Portugal retained their top spot in Group A by defeating Luxembourg 3–1 in the World Cup qualifiers. Luxembourg, who had won against Ireland, had hoped for another upset against Portugal with Gerson Rodriguez (30th minute) taking the lead.
Portugal, however, registered their second win thanks to goals from Diego Jolla (45 + 2nd minute), Ronaldo (50th minute), and Jao Palinha (80th minute). The team has seven points from three matches. Serbia also has the same number of points but Portugal is on top on the basis of goal difference.
Serbia beat Azerbaijan 2–1 in another match. Turkey played a 3–3 draw against Latvia. Russia lost 2–1 to Slovakia. Croatia defeated Malta 3–0 and Cyprus defeated Slovenia 1–0.
Ronaldo’s captain armband will be auctioned: thrown in anger, the amount will be spent on the surgery of the child
Portugal’s star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo will be captained by Captain Armband. Ronaldo angrily threw his armband on the field after his goal was disqualified during the World Cup qualifier match against Serbia on Saturday.
His shot was going over the line in the final minute when Stefan Mitrovic of Serbia slipped and stopped it, but TV replays seemed to have crossed the line. The match was missed at 2-2. Ronaldo’s armband was found by a field worker. Now a charity group wants to auction it online for surgery for a six-month-old baby. Income from this will be spent on the child’s surgery.