Championships which will be the evergreen forward’s fifth.
The Juventus forward scored his 99th international goal when he tapped home Portugal’s second and final goal against Luxembourg, a result which ensured that they would be able to defend their title as Europe’s elite international side.
Although he was happy with the result, the 34-year-old was scathing of the surface at the Stade Josy Barthel.
It is always important and a proud occasion to represent the national team, and scoring goals that helped us qualify, he said after the game.
We had two games we had to win. I am very happy that we won, and qualified for my fifth European Championships.
It’s difficult to play on these types of fields, a potato field. I don’t know how it’s possible for teams at this level to play on fields of this quality.
The performance wasn’t beautiful, but we did our job. It was the pitch we had to play and, and we won 2-0, which was our priority.
Story by Theresah Mensah.