Messi Wins Ronaldo Clash In Friendly (Video)
Messi wins every clash against Cristiano Ronaldo, either we speak about official or friendly games. Argentina beat Portugal 2-1 in epic last night at the Stade de Geneve thanks to Ballon d’Or’s late goal.
Real Madrid’s star and Ronaldo’s team-mate Di Maria brought the first lead for the Argentines after – who else – Messi finished a classic dribbling with a superb through pass for the left-footer who put it home past keeper Eduard. But Portugal’s reply came just five minutes later. Nani’s 18th minute cross, which was meant to beat Romero, arrived in keeper’s palms who managed thus to keep the sheet clean. But the unexpected would come just two minutes later.
Ronaldo – who else – brought the equalizer for Paulo Bento’s side after Almeida’s head deflection found the Real Madrid star alone inside the box and face to face with Romero whom he finally defeated as just. Ronaldo’s second reply came just five minutes after the first goal, the midfielder striking a 25-yard shot which was finally deflected for a corner kick. The last minutes of the first half saw Banega taking a 30-yard shot outside the post.
Hardly did the second half start that Ronaldo was the first to put more pressure on Romero’s net. But Portugal’s star header hit the crossbar to keep the scoreboard unchanged. Almeida had the biggest chance of the game in the 56th minute. Ronaldo put keeper Romero in big trouble but his team-mate failed to strike it home from close range.
The friendly included four yellow cards, three for Portugal (C. Martins, M. Veloso and R. Quaresma) and one for the Argentines, F. Gago. Messi would have the last word in Geneve. FC Barcelona star converted a last-minute penalty that followed Fabio Coentrao’s tough challenge over Zabaleta. 2-1 as Messi wins another clash against Ronaldo.
Other friendly results:
Argentina – S. Romero, J. Zanetti, N. Burdisso, M. ROjo, G. Milito, J. Mascherano, E. Cambiasso, L. Messi, E. Lavezzi, A. di Maria, E Banega. Reserves: J. Sosa, P. Zabaleta, F. Gago, L. Biglia, M. Andujar, E. Garay, J. Pastore, N. Gaitan, C. Chavez, J. Martinez.
Portugal – Eduardo, Ronaldo, J. Pereira, Bruno Alves, Raul Meireless, F. Coentrao, J. Moutinho, C. Martins, Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo, H. Almeida. Reserves: P. Machado, H. Ventura, Ricardo Costa, R. Quaresma, Danny, Rui Patricio, Me. Veloso, Helder Postiga.
Other friendly results:
Honduras 1 – 1 Ecuador
Venezuela 2 – 2 Costa Rica
Mexico 2 – 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Spain 1 – 0 Colombia
France 1 – 0 Brazil
Scotland 3 – 0 Northern Ireland
Poland 1 – 0 Norway
Germany 1 – 1 Italy
Netherlands 3 – 1 Austria
Belgium 1 – 1 Finland
Luxemburg 2 – 1 Slovakia
Malta 0 – 0 Switzerland
Denmark 1 – 2 England
Cyprus 1 – 1 Romania
Estonia 2 – 2 Bulgaria
Albania 1 – 2 Slovenia
Israel 0 – 2 Serbia
Sweden 1 – 1 Ukraine
Turley 0 – 0 Korea Republic11