Watch: Ronaldo Scores Twice In Stoppage-Time To Cancel Out Salah’s Opener

Portugal took on Egypt last night in an international friendly – with Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah taking on Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Both forwards have been in incredible form as of late, Salah firing in 28 goals so far in his first Premier League campaign at Liverpool, while Ronaldo has maintained his presence as one of the most feared forwards in world football – scoring 18 goals and grabbing 3 assists in his last 10 appearances for club and country.

It was an exciting affair as both countries prepared for this summer’s World Cup – and it was Salah who took centre-stage first, linking up well with Abdullah El-Said before finding the bottom corner with a sharp left-footed finish to hand the Pharaohs a somewhat deserved lead.

The reigning European champions huffed and puffed in search of an equaliser, but could not thwart Egypt keeper Mohamed El-Shanawy, until Ronaldo arrived in stoppage time to turn the game onto it’s head.

Ricardo Quaresma found Ronaldo unmarked inside the area on 92 minutes, and his header was too powerful to keep out, drawing the Portuguese level with just moments left on the clock.

Egypt gave away a late free kick in the dying embers of the game, and once again it was Quaresma and Ronaldo who combined – to snatch the unlikeliest of victories. Quaresma whipped the free-kick toward the front post, and Ronaldo rose highest to powerfully head home, making it 2-1 with effectively the last action of the game.

Portugal held on to deny the Egyptians, but it is Ronaldo who will have stolen the headlines – his 80th and 81st international goals putting him out on his own as the third most prolific international goalscorer of all-time.

When it comes to Ronaldo, we’re sure there’ll be plenty more goals to come. As for Salah, the same case will likely be applied.

Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena

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Author: Jordan Norris

Mostly covering football and GAA - Jordan is currently studying a BA English in UCC, and can be contacted through jordannorris19@outlook.ie .