Cristiano Ronaldo scored his national side’s only goal in their victory over Russia on Wednesday.
The Portuguese star has enjoyed some very special moments in Moscow, likewise, has he suffered defeats at the same venue in his professional career for both club and country. His latest feat, however, is for the latter, as his goal in the Confederations Cup is very vital to the progression of Portugal to the semi-finals of the inter-continental competition.
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The 32-year-old forward needed just eight minutes to make his mark against the host nation who were made to chase an equalizer throughout the game. At the moment, Ronaldo and his compatriots need just a draw against New Zealand to secure a spot in the Last 4 stage of the ongoing tournament.
That withstanding, we shall now take a short journey through memory lane and recount the two other goals scored by CR7 in Moscow.
2008 UCL Final (Manchester United 1:1 Chelsea)
The memory of this game is one that Cristiano Ronaldo will cherish for a very long time. The fortuitous victory for Manchester United on this stage set a chain of events unfolding for the 32-year-old forward. Chelsea’s former skipper, John Terry, could have rewritten history had he not misplaced his penalty.
Nevertheless, what was meant to be eventually unfolded and Cristiano Ronaldo, ultimately, lifted his first-ever Champions League trophy. The revered number 7 consequently won the first of his four Ballon d’Ors after a stellar season with the Red Devils.
It is worth noting that his thumping header would have easily sealed the victory for the Old Trafford outfits but for a Frank Lampard equalizer which forced the game into extra time, and subsequently, penalty-shootouts.
2012 UCL Round of 16 first-leg (CSKA Moscow 1:1 Real Madrid)
Another game in Moscow, another draw. Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates nearly run home with the win but had their plans squashed by what was the last kick of the game. The efficient goal machine opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark by drilling a low left-foot effort past the CSKA shot-stopper into the corner at the far post.
The game seemed virtually won by Real Madrid until a headed pass fell to the feet of opposition midfielder, Pontus Wernbloom, who smashed in a shot from close range in the last of the three additional minutes awarded by the referee.
Nonetheless, that goal was almost insignificant in the tie as Real Madrid did the business in the return leg at the Bernabeu via a 4:1 scoreline. Ronaldo scored twice in that game.