Fri, Mar 07, 2014 - Page 18 News List

Ronaldo sets goal record, Portugal rout Cameroon

ALL NATURAL:After becoming Portugal’s highest-scoring player ever with 49 goals, the Real Madrid star said he never frets about setting records, it just ‘happens naturally’

Reuters and AP, LEIRIA, Portugal

World Cup dark horses Belgium drew 2-2 with African qualifiers Ivory Coast, for whom Didier Drogba was on target, while Switzerland and Croatia also shared four goals.

Neymar’s Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi had a less impressive night for Argentina in Romania, with the match ending 0-0, while Uruguay were held 1-1 in Austria.

The Ukraine and Russia, currently involved in a tense military standoff in the Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, were both in action.

Fabio Capello’s Russia beat Armenia 2-0 in Krasnodar, while the Ukraine, who missed out on qualification, enjoyed a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over the US in a match moved from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv to Larnaca in Cyprus due to the unrest.

First-time World Cup finalists Bosnia suffered a jolt as the lost 2-0 to Egypt in Innsbruck, Austria.

In London, Australia’s Tim Cahill scored twice to become his country’s all-time top goalscorer, although the Socceroos still squandered a 3-0 lead to lose 4-3 against Ecuador.

Meanwhile, Japan and South Korea enjoyed victories against New Zealand and Greece respectively.

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