UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifiers
UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifiers, Portugal vs Liechtenstein Highlights: Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record for the most international caps as Portugal played Liechtenstein on Thursday and celebrated the milestone with a record-extending goal. Ronaldo, who turned 38 last month, won his 197th cap, surpassing Kuwait’s Bader Al-Mutawa, as he returned to the starting line-up and captained his country in their Euro 2024 Group J qualifier at the Jose Alvalade Stadium.
The Roberto Martínez era begins for Portugal as they kick off their Euro 2024 qualification campaign against lowly Liechtenstein in Lisbon on Thursday
After A Seleção’s World Cup quarter-final crashout at the hands of dark-horses Morocco, Fernando Santos’ was straightaway handed the marching orders after eight years at the helm as head coach.
Santos was not one of the most liked of managers
Santos was not one of the most liked of managers, but he guided Portugal to the first two major trophies of their history, lifting the Euros and the Nations League. Given his relatively fruitless work with Belgium’s golden generation, Martinez certainly has big shoes to fill in, and prove naysayers wrong.
It is always crucial to begin the qualification campaign for a major competition with a win, and Portugal will try to achieve exactly that when they face an opponent that shouldn’t provide much of a challenge.
He converted a 51st-minute penalty – his first goal against the tiny Alpine principality – as the home side went 3-0 up after being only one goal ahead at the break. He would then go on to score a blistering free kick from the edge of the penalty area to complete his brace as Portugal went on to win 4-0