Report: Ukraine 2-1 Portugal

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored his 700th career goal but it was not enough as Ukraine beat Portugal 2-1 in Kiev to book a place in the Euro 2020 finals, leaving their opponents with work to do if they are to qualify.The hosts needed just a point in Monday’s qualifier to secure a top-two finish in Group B, but picked up all three as they inflicted a first defeat in 14 games on the reigning European champions.First-half strikes from Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko earned victory for Andriy Shevchenko’s side, who held on with 10 men after Taras Stepanenko was shown a second yellow card for handling the ball inside the box. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Ronaldo scored the resulting penalty 72 minutes in to bring up his personal landmark, but Portugal could not find a leveller and may now need victories over Lithuania and Luxembourg in their final two matches to hold off third-placed Serbia.700 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 700th career goal for club and country:Sporting CP – 5Manchester United – 118Real Madrid – 450Juventus – 32Portugal – 95Legendary.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 14, 2019The group’s top two entered the match in fine form but it was Ukraine who settled the better, opening up a two-goal lead inside 27 minutes.Yaremchuk converted from close range after Rui Patricio parried Sergey Krivtsov’s header six minutes in and Yarmolenko added a second before the half-hour mark, the West Ham midfielder getting between two defenders to convert Vitalii Mykolenko’s cross.Santos brought on Joao Felix at half-time and Portugal looked brighter after the break, with Ronaldo forcing Andriy Pyatov into a couple of fine saves inside seven minutes of the restart.Ronaldo did pull one back from the spot after Stepanenko was adjudged to have handled the ball and the visitors nearly snatched a point at the death – Danilo Pereira’s strike crashing back off the crossbar in added time. What does it mean? Ukraine qualify, Portugal made to waitUkraine can look forward to another major tournament next year after securing a place in the finals with a game – away to Serbia – to spare.As for Portugal, they are one point better off than third-place Serbia – 2-1 winners in Lithuania on Monday – and will likely have to win their remaining two fixtures if they are to automatically qualify.Ronaldo brings up 700th goalHaving been denied by a couple of impressive saves from Pyatov early in the second half, it looked like being a day of frustration for Ronaldo.His big moment arrived 18 minutes from time, though, as he successfully converted the penalty to make it 700 goals in what has been an incredible career.Santos’ big call backfiresPortugal boss Fernando Santos surprisingly named teenage forward Joao Felix on the bench and Portugal lacked any real attacking quality before his introduction at half-time.Goncalo Guedes was the fall guy, being taken off after a disappointing 45 minutes that saw him touch the ball just 32 times.What’s next?Ukraine play Estonia in a friendly a month today and conclude their qualifying campaign with a trip to Serbia three days later. Portugal host Lithuania and travel to Luxembourg in their final two qualifying matches. read morelast_img read more

Elleby’s career night leads WSU past CSUN 103-94

first_img PULLMAN — Freshman CJ Elleby scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds with four assists as Washington State beat Cal State Northridge 103-94 on Tuesday night.Evergreen High School grad Robert Franks added 22 points and seven rebounds for Washington State (4-1). Viont’e Daniels had 14 points, going 4-8 from 3-point range.Ahmed Ali’s layup in the closing seconds put Washington State over the century mark for the first time in regulation since March 2, 2002 against Centenary.Lamine Diane had a double-double in the first half and finished with 32 points and 18 rebounds for Cal State Northridge (1-4). Darius Brown II scored 25 points with six assists and Rodney Henderson Jr. added 16 points. Diane played with four fouls for most of the second half and fouled out in the final minutes. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. GO Published: November 27, 2018, 10:54pm WSU went on an 8-2 run to end the first half on a fast-break dunk from Elleby and two 3s, one from Viont’e Daniels and another from Elleby at the buzzer. It gave the Cougars an 18-point lead at the half 54-36.Franks was fouled hard on a dunk attempt and hit the floor. He made both free throws but headed to the bench to be evaluated. In his absence, WSU went on an 8-0 run over 1:27 with 3-pointers from Daniels and Carter Skaggs for a 20-point lead. The Matadors went 1 for 14 during the stretch.CSUN cut the lead to eight in the last minute after forcing a turnover in the backcourt and converting a layup. Franks hit two free throws on the next possession, followed by a steal and an easy layup to close the game.Each team attempted at least 70 field goals, with 79 from CSUN. By RICKY HESTER, Associated Press Share: Share: Elleby’s career night leads WSU past CSUN 103-94 Receive latest stories and local news in your email: INJURIESThe Cougars played without junior Isaiah Wade for the second straight contest. Wade is WSU’s second-leading scorer at 13 points per game.BIG PICTURECal State Northridge: Being handed their fourth loss on the season, the Matadors need a win.Washington State: The Cougars have won four in a row at home but go back on the road where they have their only loss on the season.UP NEXTWashington State plays New Mexico State on Saturday.last_img read more