Twitter explodes as Cristiano Ronaldo outshines Mohammed Salah

Veteran defender Bruno Alves controls a ball on his chest during a sunny morning near Lisbon

Cristiano Ronaldo hit two goals in stoppage time as European champions Portugal defeated Egypt 2-1 in a friendly worldwide on Friday (Mar 23), winning his personal duel with Mohamed Salah who had put the seven-time African champions ahead.

The hosts were quick off the starting blocks and they fired an early warning shot through Cristino Ronaldo in the first minute, the Real Madrid star flashing an effort wide after collecting Raphael Guerreiro's pass. The five-time Ballon d'Or victor then headed a second goal to make it 2-1 for Portugal.

Chances just were not falling for Ronaldo, but what seemed to be one last rally resulted in a scrappy effort to level the scores and Portugal quickly sought the victor that arrived from the head of their 33-year-old talisman.

Ronaldo has been in sensational form since the turn of the year, contributing 21 goals and four assists in 13 appearances for his club, shutting down talk that he might be on a decline in the process.

Abdallah El Said then nearly netted for the African country in the eighth minute, but his strike was saved by the outstretched arms of Antonio Pimparel before it could nestle in the bottom corner.

Just one minute from time, Egypt keeper El-Shennawy pulled a fine save to deny Andre Gomes before getting his hands to a cross from Gelson Martins.

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Salah had found little joy in the opening period, but he abandoned his right-wing posting after the restart and swiftly made an impact, sweeping a 20-yard finish inside Beto's near left-hand post to stun the European nation.

It seemed as though it was not to be Ronaldo's night when his powerful drive was saved by El Shenawy.

Two minutes later, Ronaldo powered a header low into the right corner of the goal from Quaresma's free kick on the right.

He nodded Quaresma's left-wing cross past the scrambling goalkeeper and then quickly added a second, powering in a centre from the same team-mate on the opposite flank.

In the second half, Egypt started to move forward and put pressure on Portugal's defense in an attempt to threaten the Portuguese side and open the scoring.

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