LISBON, NETRALNEWS.COM – Portugal is expected to wipe out the remaining two qualifiers of 2018 World Cup of European Group B to ensure winning the group championship which means an automatic ticket to the finals in Russia.
Team captain and Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo is the one who will be the foundation of Portugal. The reason is thanks to goals from Ronaldo that makes Portugal's chances remain open.
For Ronaldo himself, the two remaining parties, facing Andorra (Saturday, 10/07/2017) and hosting Switzerland in Lisbon (Tuesday, 10/10), are a golden opportunity to establish himself as the king of goals in the qualifying round.
So far, Ronaldo led the list of top scorers 2018 World Cup qualifying by scoring 14 goals, a number that makes Ronaldo on a par with the record for most goals in World Cup qualifiers made by Yugoslavia striker, Predrag Mijatovic, in the 1998 World Cup qualification.
Opportunities for Ronaldo to stay clear of Mijatovic's record are very open. The reason is when facing Andorra on the second matchday, October 7, 2016, Ronaldo was able to score quad-trick alias four goals.
Only the Swiss box which Ronaldo never succeed in penetrating in qualifying. In the first meeting, Portugal looked sluggish and reaped the defeat with the score 0-2.
That is, the two teams in Lisbon in addition to being a determinant of Portugal's chances to Russia, will also be a proof of whether Ronaldo is able to break into the box guarded by Yann Sommer, as well as increase his pockets of goal in the qualifying round.
List of Top Scorers of 2018 World Cup Qualification of European zone:
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 14 goals
Robert Lewandowski (Poland) 12 goals
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) 10 goals
Stevan Jovetic (Montenegro) 7 goals
André Silva (Portugal) 7 goals
Christian Eriksen (Denmark) 6 goals
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia) 6 goals
Ciro Immobile (Italy) 6 goals