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Ronaldo unconcerned by goal drought

June 21, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Cristiano Ronaldo remains confident that he can end his goal-drought for Portugal and lead his country to a win over North Korea on Monday.

Cristiano Ronaldo
GettyImagesCristiano Ronaldo has only netted once for Portugal since Euro 2008 and did not score at all in World Cup qualifying

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Ronaldo, who has failed to find the net in 16 months for his country, spoke frankly of his international form.

"I haven't scored in almost two years for Portugal," he said. "I hope to score against North Korea but I'm not concerned with that aspect - the goals will come.

"I have faith in my coach and my team-mates and, if I don't score, it's not the end of the world. I've always scored goals and they will come at the right time."

Coach Carlos Queiroz has labelled Monday's game as an "all or nothing" clash, with group rivals Brazil already on maximum points after two wins.

"It's an important game - it's all or nothing as far and the players are aware of this," Queiroz said. "There is only one result we're interested in and that is to win."

With Deco out of the game with a hip injury, Queiroz may look to reshuffle his formation with Ronaldo, prolific for Real Madrid last season, possibly playing in a more advanced role. "Obviously Deco is always an important piece in the chess game," Ronaldo said.

Queiroz has no other injury concerns ahead of the match and is likely to call upon Tiago or Simao Sabrosa to take Deco's place.