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CR7 Makes More History, Portugal Coach Explains Benching

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo made more history on Wednesday night, while his coach has explained why he benched his superstar for the match against Andorra.

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The 35-year-old came on as a half-time substitute in A Selecao's 7-0 thumping of Andorra earlier this week.

Ronaldo scored one goal and assisted another in his 45-minute cameo, taking his international tally to 102 strikes, which is just seven short of Ali Daei's world record.

The superstar also made more history in the game, though, securing his 100th win with the national team, and becoming the first Portugal player to do so.

His coach, Fernando Santos, meanwhile, had to defend his decision to bench Ronaldo after the match.

"When it comes to the idea that Cristiano Ronaldo must play (against Andorra) to score goals and break the record, well, Ronaldo does not need to score against Andorra to become the top scorer. He will be anyway," Santos explained, as quoted by AS.

"Therefore, he came on as a substitute and played for long enough. It's important to understand that Ronaldo didn't play a game for 19 days during his lockdown. He's one of the players who need some minutes to get a competitive rhythm.

"I didn't think it was right to put him on early in the game. Andorra were playing in the last 20 metres of the pitch, just defending and tackling. It could be dangerous for us. We must look carefully at every situation.

"Anyway, I am not sure if Ronaldo was anxious to play. Every player always wants to score goals, that's for sure."

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