Ron­aldo moves to fourth on Euro­pean scor­ing list



While Cris­tiano Ron­aldo kept mov­ing up Europe’s all-time scor­ers list Satur­day, a de­mor­al­iz­ing home loss to Bul­garia en­dan­gered the Nether­lands’ World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

With two goals in Por­tu­gal’s 3-0 win over Hun­gary in Lis­bon, Ron­aldo moved into fourth place on the all-time scor­ers list for Euro­pean na­tions.

Ron­aldo’s 70 in 137 ap­pear­ances trail only Miroslav Klose (71), San­dor Koc­sis (75) and Ferenc Puskas (84).

Ron­aldo ap­pears to have found his ideal part­ner up front in An­dre Silva.

Silva, 21, scored Por­tu­gal’s opener in the 32nd be­fore quickly get­ting Ron­aldo on track.

Ron­aldo struck both goals from out­side the area, first slash­ing home a left-footer off Silva’s pass, fol­lowed by a right-footed free kick from an an­gle to seal the win.

Por­tu­gal strength­ened its hold on sec­ond place with 12 points, open­ing a gap over Hun­gary, which stayed with seven points in third.

Switzer­land earned a fifth win in as many matches after beat­ing Latvia, 1-0, in Geneva to re­main on top of the group with 15 points.

Still stuck at the bot­tom of the ta­ble, An­dorra nev­er­the­less sa­vored the end to a los­ing streak that had lasted 58 com­pet­i­tive matches stretch­ing over 11 years after draw­ing with Faroe Is­lands, 0-0, at home.

There was less good news for the Nether­lands. Teenager Matthijs de Ligt’s dream de­but turned into a night­mare as he handed Bul­garia an early goal in a 2-0 loss in Sofia in Group A.

Just five min­utes into the match, De Ligt let a spec­u­la­tive ball fall over his shoul­der be­fore he col­lided with goal­keeper Jeroen Zoet, al­low­ing Spas Delev to tap in.

Delev made it 2-0 in the 20th minute when he curled a shot past De Ligt’s at­tempted block and into the bot­tom cor­ner of Zoet’s goal.

In­juries had forced Coach Danni Blind to make the risky choice of De Ligt who, at 17, be­came the youngest Nether­lands debu­tant since Mauk We­ber in 1931.

After the stun­ning loss, the man­ager took the blame.

“I blame my­self,” Blind told na­tional broad­caster NOS, adding that, “It can’t go on like this. Things have to change.”

And in Group H, Romelu Lukaku saved Bel­gium’s place at the top of Group H, snatch­ing a 1-1 draw in Brus­sels after be­ing frus­trated all night by an un­yield­ing Greece de­fense.

Lukaku chested down the fall and fired past goal­keeper Ste­fano Kapino with two min­utes re­main­ing.

Greece fin­ished the game with nine men but sur­prised the fa­vorites just 20 sec­onds into the sec­ond half when Costas Mitroglou caught de­fend­ers off guard and scored.

MLS: Juan Agudelo scored twice, and Lee Nguyen and Chris Tier­ney each had a goal and an as­sist to lead the New Eng­land Revo­lu­tion past Min­nesota United, 5-2, in Foxbor­ough, Mass.

Agudelo, just in­side the six­yard box, headed home a per­fect cross by Tier­ney in the fourth minute, and after Collen Warner tied it from well out­side the area about 10 min­utes later, Kei Ka­mara gave New Eng­land (1-2-0) the lead for good in the 21st . . . .

Matt VanOekel posted a shutout in his first MLS start, and short­handed Real Salt Lake played the New York Red Bulls to a 0-0 draw in Har­ri­son, N.J.

The 6-foot-4 VanOekel — start­ing in place of Nick Ri­mando, who is on in­ter­na­tional duty — made all three of his saves in the sec­ond half. Fredrik Gul­brand­sen wove through four de­fend­ers into a clear­ing in the cen­ter of the box, but VanOekel made the one­handed stop, div­ing to his right to poke it away in the 63rd minute . . . .

Niko Hansen scored in his MLS de­but and Ola Ka­mara scored a goal in his third con­sec­u­tive game to lead the Colum­bus Crew to a 3-2 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Port­land Tim­bers.

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