Cristiano Ronaldo congratulates the Portuguese women’s team on qualifying for the upcoming women’s World Cup!
Portugal’s women’s national soccer team will play in the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. They played Cameroon in the qualifiers final on February 2022 and beat them 2-1. Diana Gomes scored the first goal of the match in the 22nd minute of the first half. The team was cruising to a comfortable victory until the 89th minute when Cameroon equalized. It looked like the match was going to extra time.
With both teams desperately trying to clinch a winner, it was an immensely entertaining watch! Portugal dominated the match completely with 63% of the possession. The Portuguese women also registered 20 shots on the Cameroonian goal with 5 shots on target. However, Cameroon played a counter-attacking style of soccer and had 4 shots on target with 7 shots in total.
After Diana Gomes’s goal, it seemed like Portugal’s team was all but through to the World Cup group stages. But Ajara Njoya Nchout scored an 89th-minute goal to bring Cameroon back into the tie. Despite their best efforts, Cameroon just could not withhold Portugal’s barrage of attacks.
Parabéns por este apuramento histórico👏🏼— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) February 22, 2023
Ultimately Carole Costa put the ball in the net for Portugal in the 3rd minute of injury time to win the match. After the match, Cristiano Ronaldo took to Twitter to commiserate the team on qualifying for the World Cup. He wrote, “Congratulations on this historic clearance… Let’s go!”
Cristiano Ronaldo is a big advocate for women’s soccer
Cristiano Ronaldo is a keen observer of the sport and kept an eye on the match. Being a Portuguese legend himself, Ronaldo obviously wanted his country to qualify for the biggest competition that the sport has to offer. Cristiano himself led the men’s team in the FIFA World Cup team 2022. He scored one goal in the competition and the team was knocked out in the quarter-finals.
It is unknown if he will continue to play international soccer or not. However, his European club career seems to be over after his move to Al-Nassr. After his Manchester United tenure came to a premature end, Ronaldo signed a $200 million per year contract with the Saudi Arabian club. He has scored 5 goals and has 2 assists for the team till now.
Top of the league and 3 Important points! Great team work!💪🏼👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/ZaZTedpmaH— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) February 17, 2023
However, not just the men’s team, Ronaldo also wants to help Al-Nassr’s women’s team as well. During his inaugural press conference, Ronaldo shouted out the women’s team and emphasized the importance of developing women’s soccer. Soccer, as a sport, has Billions of followers worldwide.
Hence, someone like Cristiano Ronaldo advocating for women’s soccer will only inspire women around the world to pick up the sport as a profession. Fans can watch the upcoming women’s FIFA World Cup from July 20, 2023. Australia and New Zealand will serve as the hosts.