Cristiano Ronaldo Was Kept Quiet By Lucas Hernandez's Brilliant Performance
Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score for Portugal against France on Sunday night, and it was down to the excellent performance of Lucas Hernandez.
With so much incredible attacking talent on show in the Nations League game, a repeat of the Euro 2016 final, not many would have been expecting a 0-0 draw.
Ronaldo was looking for his 102nd international goal, as he attempts to close in on the Ali Daei's all time record of 109, having failed to score in Wednesday's friendly with Spain.
The Juventus striker had the best chance of the night but it was blocked by Bayern Munich's Hernandez.
Huge block from Lucas Hernandez to avoid Ronaldo from scoring.- Complaxes (@Complaxes) October 11, 2020
OFFICIAL: Cristiano Ronaldo has failed the Lucas Hernandez test. :x: pic.twitter.com/z0fRbCVQ6t- (@ercifcb) October 11, 2020
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THAT HERNANDEZ BLOCK AGAINST RONALDO- Bes (@8esart) October 11, 2020
And it wasn't the only time the former Atletico Madrid defender got the better of the five time Ballon d'Or winner on the night either.
Hernandez (a CB) playing as LB and pocketing Ronaldo isn't being talked about enough. pic.twitter.com/RtUREjnHS3- CSZK:tm: (@KrdnCszk) October 11, 2020
Lucas winning a header and blocking a clear shot vs Ronaldo in a span of 10 seconds!!! WE HERE!! WE FUCKING HEREEE- (@ercifcb) October 11, 2020
Lucas Hernández vs Portugal- J (@PrimeHernxndez) October 11, 2020
90 minutes played
1 shot blocked (avoid Ronaldo from scoring)
2/4 ground duels won
1/2 aerial duels won
1 key pass
2/3 long balls
36 passes completed (87.8% accuracy)
Ronaldo has been in Hernandez pocket- SAKADAGOAT ❼ (@SakadagoatM5) October 11, 2020
It wasn't a good night at all for Ronaldo and he remains goalless in games against France. Even in the 2016 final success he went off injured early in the game and his biggest impact was as a cheerleader/coach in the technical area.
On Wednesday he has another chance to add to his incredible goal tally though, when Portugal host Sweden in another Nations League game and, one way or another, you expect him to have smashed the 109 goal mark by the time the Euros ends next summer.
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