Andorra 0 Portugal 2: Rested Ronaldo a saviour for Euro 2016 …

Cristiano Ronaldo came off a dais to keep Portugal’s hopes of involuntary World Cup gift alive, violation a deadlock in a hard-fought 2-0 win divided to Andorra in Group B.

Ronaldo, one engagement divided from a suspension, was named among a substitutes on Saturday by manager Fernando Santos forward of a mangle strife opposite Switzerland on Tuesday.

But, after a goalless initial half, Santos was forced to spin to his star male and risk Ronaldo removing a yellow label that would see him blank that essential final fixture.

The Real Madrid superstar thrived on a vigour by scoring his 15th idea of a subordinate debate to pull turn with Poland’s inclusive Robert Lewandowski 18 mins after his introduction, poking in a Joao Mario cranky from tighten range.

Ricardo Quaresma and Bernardo Silva were greedy though an Andorra equaliser was never expected and Andre Silva scrambled in a late second to pledge a points for his side, while Ronaldo successfully avoided a booking.

With Switzerland progressing their ideal record by winning 5-2 at home to Hungary, Portugal – who have reliable a play-off place during slightest – will have to kick a Group B leaders in Lisbon to waylay tip spot.

Ronaldo scored twice in a initial 4 mins in a lapse diversion a year ago, though though their whitchcraft a Euro 2016 winners toiled to mangle down Andorra’s realistic resistance.

Defenders Pepe and Luis Neto sent early efforts off aim before Quaresma missed a initial transparent possibility after 24 minutes.

Nelson Semedo’s viciously inswinging worried cranky flicked off Ildefonso Lima’s conduct and Quaresma, nearing during a behind post, headed far-reaching with a idea during his mercy.

Quaresma roughly fast done justification though Josep Gomes punched his cross-shot divided with his initial suggestive involvement, afterwards Andre Silva lashed a bombardment over a crossbar after a defensive mix-up.

Portugal finally done Gomes work after 39 minutes, a Andorra goalkeeper diving to his left to keep out a swerving Pepe strike, though a deadlock remained consecutive during a interval.

Santos had seen adequate and introduced Ronaldo, replacing a ineffectual Gelson Martins, though a Bernardo Silva mishit from a excellent position summed adult Portugal’s wastefulness.

But it was fundamentally Ronaldo – who had scored 96 goals in his 100 rival games given a start of 2016 for bar and nation – who done a disproportion for a visitors.

An interesting Joao Mario cranky reached Ronaldo during a behind post around a deflection off Lima, ensuring he was onside notwithstanding Andorra’s protests, and he was never going to skip from 6 yards out.

Ronaldo and Quaresma unsuccessful to make Portugal’s lead some-more comfortable, promulgation long-range efforts off target, while a Bernardo Silva strike after a goalmouth hasten deflected wide.

The second idea eventually came with 5 mins to go, Andre Silva bundling in from tighten operation after a severe Ronaldo cross was headed into his trail by Danilo Pereira, with a true shoot-out with Switzerland for tip mark in Group B now set for Tuesday.

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