That match will decide who wins the group and goes straight to Russia and who has to go into the playoffs. Switzerland, 5-2 winners over Hungary, lead with a maximum 27 points from nine games and need only a draw while Portugal, on 24 but with a goal difference which is better by eight, will top the group if they win.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal after coming on as a sub for Portugal. pic.twitter.com/0hRuW7IU83— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) October 7, 2017
Ricardo Quaresma wasted Portugal's first real chance when he got a free header at the far post but sent the ball into the side-netting. The flamboyant winger brought a flying save from Andorra goalkeeper Josep Gomes who also parried a powerful Pepe drive while Silva volleyed over from close range, but it was a laboured display from Portugal. Ronaldo gave coach Santos a knowing look as the two left the pitch at halftime and started the second half.
15 years to the day after he scored his first professional goal, Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 2nd career goal as a substitute for Portugal. pic.twitter.com/48cVE75CP5— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 7, 2017
He did not make an immediate impact, but when Joao Mario's cross was deflected into his path Portugal's record scorer reacted in a flash, bringing the ball down and driving his shot past Gomes. Ronaldo's goal was his 79th in 144 appearances and only his second scored as a substitute. Silva added the second with four minutes left, slipping the ball in from close range after Danilo headed down Ronaldo’s cross. RESULT Andorra 0 Portugal 2 (Ronaldo 63, Silva 86)
Madrid, Portugal, starter, substitute—it doesn’t matter, the man scores goals. pic.twitter.com/eDkiw9Idht— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 7, 2017