Records are meant to be broken and Pepe has just set a new one. Defender of the Portugal National Team scored the second goal in the 5-1 win against Switzerland in the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar 2022 and became the oldest player to score a goal in a final phase of the international tournament.
It was the 32nd minute at the Lusail Stadium when Bruno Fernandes took a corner kick from the right that the Porto defender connected around the edge of the six-yard box. The center-back won the position from two rivals and with a powerful header to the right post he beat goalkeeper Yann Sommer that little could be done before the speed, closeness and power of the shot with which he extended the lead before the end of the first half.
With this score at 39 years and 283 days he managed to overcome the record held to date by Cameroonian striker Roger Milla, who scored a double in the round of 16 of Italy 90 against the Colombian National Team, who had advanced to a final phase for the first time in what was his second participation in the international tournament. The attacker was 38 years and 34 days old at the time.
This was the goals in Roger Milla’s record
The match in the 90 minutes between Cameroon and Colombia ended in a 0-0 draw, so it had to be defined in overtime. At minute 106, the African striker, who was playing for JS Saint-Pierroise in France at the time, he received an assist from François Omam-Biyik and after eluding two rivals as he entered the area, he unleashed a powerful left-footed shot who beat goalkeeper Rene Higuita.
Three minutes later, Roger Milla converted the second after steal the ball from Rene Higuita who was playing in three quarters of the field. The footballer advanced while being followed by the Colombian goalkeeper and defined with the bow only to extend the advantage. Bernardo Redín scored the discount goal for the Tricolor at 116 ′.