Made in Manchester: Dalot sets up Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal opener
Cristiano Ronaldo had Manchester United teammate Diogo Dalot to thank for his latest Portugal goal in their 3-0 friendly win against Qatar.
In the 37th minute, Dalot’s dart in behind the Qatar defence was picked out by Matheus Luiz and his header back across the goal wasn’t cleared by Qatar defender Bassam Hisham.
That left Ronaldo with a left-footed tap-in inside the six-yard box which he didn’t miss and scored his 112th international goal.
However, there could have been another goal for Ronaldo courtesy of Dalot, in the 34th minute, the United right-back played an inch-perfect defence splitting pass into Ronaldo, but the 36-year-old uncharacteristically put his effort wide.
Dalot was trying to find Ronaldo with every opportunity and it was only a minute later after a trademark stepover, the 22-year-old hung up a cross for United’s number seven, but the ball was cleared.
Dalot will be hoping to build Ronaldo partnership
Unlike Ronaldo who came off at half-time, Dalot played the full match and Bruno Fernandes came on in the 70th minute for a 20-minute cameo appearance.
Dalot will be hoping that his performance was enough to earn a start in Fernando Santos’ starting line-up for the World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on Tuesday.
It’s unlikely that the former Porto man will start against Leicester in the first match after the international break, but with Aaron Wan-Bissaka suspended for the Champions League clash against Atalanta, Dalot will have another opportunity to link up with Ronaldo at club level.
Ronaldo’s goal against Qatar meant that he has now scored against 46 different countries throughout career, yet another unrivalled record for the five-time Ballon D’Or winner.