World cup retro: historic afternoon for Portugal (and Cristiano Ronaldo)

Today, Iran-Portugal program. We look back on a previous confrontation.

Figo and Ronaldo, against Iran in the 2006 world cup © Belga Image

Portugalkapitein Luis Figo had his team mates on the focus for the confrontation with Iran in the group stage of the 2006 world cup. ‘Everyone knows that if they get a negative result, they are off. We on the other hand, can help us qualify for the next round if we win. It is a final for both teams, ” Figo clear.

Iran was initially firmly counter to an unsustainable cannon shot from Deco (63′) from the outside of the large backlijn. After the leader of the Iranian Yahya Golmohammadi his fellow-kapi Figo down took the sixteen, it was decided to Cristiano Ronaldo (80′) the contest from the dot. A moment later thought Ronaldo goalkeeper Ebrahim Mirzapour for the second time beaten up, but his goal was rightly disallowed for offside. The loot was within. Coach Luiz Scolari gunde superstars Deco and Figo still a applausvervanging.

Portugal did so in 1986 and 2002, he did not: it survived the group stage for the first time since the world cup of ’66 in England.

Also Ronaldo, who was still a striker of Manchester United, had a rendezvous with history: at the age of 21 years and 132 days he became the youngest goalscorer for Portugal at a world cup. The previous record stood in the name of António Simões (22 years and 217 days old at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS 1966), team-mate of the legendary Eusébio , who the Portuguese to a bronze medal.

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