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Portugal 5-0 Luxembourg: Ronaldo bags TENTH hat-trick for his country

Portugal 5-0 Luxembourg: Cristiano Ronaldo bags TENTH hat-trick for his country with Bruno Fernandes also on the scoresheet in demolition

  • Cristiano Ronaldo slotted two penalties five minutes apart in the first half
  • Bruno Fernandes added the third goal shortly after to all but seal the win 
  • Victory means Portugal go top of their group and Serbia have played extra game

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helped Portugal stroll to a 5-0 win over Luxembourg in Group A of World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

The victory ensures Portugal remain a point behind leaders Serbia, who moved onto 17 points with a 3-1 home win over Azerbaijan, with a game in hand and superior goal difference.

Portugal had the game all but won within the first 18 minutes.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties early in the game to put Portugal in control

The forward added two more goals to his ever increasing international record total

The goalkeeper could do nothing to prevent Ronaldo slotting home from the spot

Ronaldo performed his trademark celebration for the fans at the Estadio Algarve

Ronaldo struck twice from the penalty spot before his Manchester United team mate Bruno Fernandes made it three as he fired in following good work from Bernardo Silva.

Midfielder Joao Palhinha made it four with just over 20 minutes to go, before Ronaldo netted his 10th treble for his country three minutes from time with a header from close range. It was his 58th hat-trick in total during his glittering career. 

Next month Fernando Santos’s Portugal side travel to Ireland before then hosting Serbia in what could be a winner-takes-all fixture to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Bruno Fernandes was also on the scoresheet for the hosts as he added the third 

Fernandes and Ronaldo were once again the stars of the show for Portugal 


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