Harry Kane turned England’s all-time main goalscorer because the Three Lions loved an ideal begin to Euro 2024 qualifying by profitable 2-1 away to Italy on Thursday, as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in his document 197th cap in Portugal’s 4-0 win over Liechtenstein.
Kane netted his 54th aim for England in his 81st worldwide look from the penalty spot in Naples after Declan Rice had fired the guests into an early lead.
The England captain strikes away from the document mark he had shared with Wayne Rooney.
Gareth Southgate’s males gained some measure of revenge for his or her defeat by the Azzurri within the Euro 2020 last.
In their first match since bowing out in agonising vogue to France within the World Cup quarter-finals, England have been dominant within the first 45 minutes.
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England’s ahead Harry Kane acknowledges the general public on the finish of the UEFA Euro 2024 Group C qualification match between Italy and England, on March 23, 2023 on the Diego-Maradona stadium in Naples. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)Source: AFP
Rice rifled dwelling his third worldwide aim on 13 minutes after Italy didn’t clear a nook.
Another set-piece led to Kane’s record-breaking second as Giovanni Di Lorenzo dealt with inside the realm.
The Tottenham striker banished the reminiscences of his missed penalty late on in opposition to France in Doha by sending Gianluigi Donnarumma the improper means.
But Italy rallied after the break when Argentine-born striker Mateo Retegui fired dwelling on his worldwide debut.
England have been compelled to see out the ultimate 10 minutes a person down after two quickfire yellow playing cards for Luke Shaw, however they held out for his or her first win away to Italy since 1961.
In the opposite sport in Group C, North Macedonia beat Malta 2-1.
RONALDO MARKS HISTORIC NIGHT
Ronaldo marked Roberto Martinez’s bow as Portugal boss with one other historic evening in Lisbon.
The 38-year-old, who was dropped from the Portuguese beginning XI in the course of the World Cup, set a brand new document for males’s worldwide appearances by passing the earlier mark of 196 caps held by Kuwait’s Bader Al-Mutawa.
Joao Cancelo fired dwelling the opening aim after simply eight minutes however it was not till Bernardo Silva doubled Portugal’s lead early within the second half that the floodgates opened.
Ronaldo made it 3-0 from the penalty spot earlier than blasting dwelling a free-kick from the sting of the realm for his one hundred and twentieth worldwide aim.
Portugal’s ahead Cristiano Ronaldo.Source: AFP
In the identical group, Rade Krunic scored twice as Bosnia and Herzegovina swept apart Iceland 3-0.
But Slovakia, who’ve certified for the final two Euros, have been held 0-0 at dwelling by Luxembourg.
Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark bounced again from their disappointing early exit on the World Cup to beat Finland 3-1 in Copenhagen.
Atalanta ahead Rasmus Hojlund scored a hat-trick for the Danes on his first begin for his nation.
Elsewhere in Group H, Dion Charles scored twice as Northern Ireland gained 2-0 in San Marino, whereas Slovenia got here from behind to win 2-1 away to Kazakhstan.
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