Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo hit a landmark 700th career goal but it couldn’t prevent a 1-2 defeat to Ukraine in a Group B clash of the Euro 2020 Qualifiers in Kyiv on Monday. Ronaldo converted a 72nd-minute penalty to take his international tally to 95 goals. He has also scored 450 goals for Real Madrid, 118 for Manchester United and 32 for Juventus.
With the win though Ukraine have qualified for the Euro 2020 and with 19 points are at the top of their group followed by defending champions Portugal (11) at second. Roman Yaremchuk scored in the 6th minute to put Ukraine ahead before Andriy Yarmolenko doubled the lead in the 27th minute. Portugal though have two games in hand and are expected to go through as they face Lithuania and Luxembourg next.
Alexandar Mitrovic struck twice in the second half to hand Serbia a 2-1 win against Lithuania. Serbia occupy third sport in Group B with 10 points.
England pummelled Bulgaria 6-0 in Sofia in a what the Football Association chairman Greg Clarke described as one of the most appalling nights he’s ever seen with the contest being halted twice due to racist chants directed at the world cup semi-finalists. England’s three black players debutante Tyrone Mings, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford were subjected to monkey chants which was reported to the referee. The Group A game was on the verge of being abandoned altogether but England proceeded to finish what otherwise should have been a memorable night for them.
In another Group A clash, Kosovo beat Montenegro 2-0 in their bid for a maiden finals appearance.
World champions France were held to a 1-1 draw by Turkey after substitute Olivier Giroud gave them a 1-0 lead. With eight minutes before the regulation time, Kaan Ayhan scored to equalise for the visitors who are at the top spot of Group H with 19 points ahead of France. At third are Iceland with 15 points after a 2-0 win over Andorra. Fourth-placed Albania thrashed Moldova for a 4-0 away win.