Ronaldo injured for Portugal; big wins for France, England

March 26, 2019
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo receives treatment from medical staff during the Euro 2020 group B qualifying match between Portugal and Serbia at the Luz Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, yesterday. The match ended 1-1.

An injury to Cristiano Ronaldo exacerbated Portugal’s frustrating start to their European Championship title defence.

Meanwhile, things couldn’t be going much better for free-scoring England and France.

Ronaldo hobbled off in the first half with an apparent right-thigh injury in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Serbia in Lisbon, which came three days after the titleholder’s 0-0 draw with Ukraine, also at home.

They are the Juventus forward’s first games for his country since last year’s World Cup, and being accused of rape in the United States. He has denied any wrongdoing.

If Portugal have made a slow start to qualifying, England and France are already well on their way to topping their groups.

England beat Montenegro 5-1 away to follow up their 5-0 thrashing of the Czech Republic on Friday in Group A. It is the first time England has scored five or more goals in successive games since 1984.

After opening Group B with a 4-1 win over Moldova, France had a more impressive 4-0 win over Iceland, with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann scoring second-half goals.

There were also wins for Albania, Turkey and Ukraine in qualifying matches yesterday.

 

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