Portugal head coach, Fernando Santos has described Ronaldo as a goal, after his heroics against Egypt and also hailed his team’s determination.
Salah opened the scoring in the second half. However, Ronaldo stamped his dominance, with a brace in injury time.
The Madrid man now has 81 international goals, just behind Ali Daei (109 for Iran) and Ferenc Puskas (84 for Spain and Hungary) in the all time goals scored for national teams.
Santos was unsurprised by the Real Madrid star’s contribution, telling RTP : “Ronaldo is this. Ronaldo is a goal. He’s a goal.”
As for his side’s performance, Santos was dissatisfied, although he lauded their attitude.
“We were better in the first half, but with some less correct nuances in the offensive aspect,” he said.
“We could not create great opportunities, but by our way of playing we could have scored goals.
“I tried to rectify it in the second half, but things did not go well. The game was more broken and we conceded a goal in which we appeared to lack defensive aggressiveness.
“The substitutions made after the goal caused difficulty. The team was broken.
“Thanks to the players, the team went up and happiness comes to those who are looking for it, thanks to the determination of a team that never allows to lose, always wins.”