Having been held to a draw in their opening two games (at home, no less) it was critical that Portugal not slip up away to Serbia at the weekend. The reigning European (and Nations League) champions are assured of a playoff spot, but nobody wants to go through that. Away to Serbia, they raced to a 2-0 lead, had Serbia bring it back to 2-3 and then struck late for a 4-2 win that restores a bit of natural order.
Cristiano Ronaldo got on the scoresheet for his 89th international goal. At 34, he has an outside chance of catching Ali Daei, the all-time leading international scorer who has 109 and a much better shot at reaching 100 international goals. Funnily enough, despite those who depict him as a narcissist obsessed with his his own records, he’d likely be closer to the goal if he hadn’t taken an eight-month break from the national team to help him settle in after his move to Juventus a year ago.