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International Friendlies Standout Stats: Ronaldo Breaks Portugal Scoring Record

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his second goal during their friendly soccer match with Cameroon Wednesday, March 5 2014, in Leiria, Portugal. The game is part of both teams' preparation for the World Cup in Brazil. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2014

Wednesday was a busy day of international friendly action as we continue to count down the days until the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

The highlight of the day came when Cristiano Ronaldo broke the Portuguese scoring record 21 minutes into the clash with Cameroon. 

Across Europe, some of the continent's top teams collided and some standout stats came out of them as well.

Here is a roundup of all the standout stats from a busy day across the world of football.


Ronaldo's Record Breaker

The inevitable occurred in the 21st minute in Leiria as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 48th-career international goal for Portugal.

The goal broke the previous record that was held by Pauleta

Ronaldo went on to score his 49th goal for Portugal in the 83rd minute of his team's 5-1 over Cameroon. 


England's 1-0 Oddity

England took down Denmark, 1-0, at Wembley thanks to a late strike from Daniel Sturridge.

Sturridge's goal ensured the Three Lions a result with Denmark that they have achieved in five of their six clashes with the Scandinavian nation at Wembley.

The sixth matchup saw the Danes win by the same scoreline: 


Italy Continues To Limp Toward World Cup

Italy's trip to the Vicente Calderon did not go as planned as it fell, 1-0, to Spain on a second-half goal.

The loss extended the Azzurri's winless streak to five games, a streak that contains one loss and four draws: 


France Continues To Build A Home Fortress

France continued its buildup to the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands at the Stade de France. 

With the win, Les Blues extended their home unbeaten streak to four games for the first time since 2006: 

The match also marked the fourth time in a row where the Oranje failed to score after the 47-minute mark: 


Bad Luck Dempsey

Clint Dempsey was non-existent in the United States' 2-0 loss to Ukraine in Larnaca, Cyprus. 

The loss by the Yanks extended Dempsey's poor run of form as an individual and as a team member: 


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