FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Cristiano Ronaldo scores a hat-trick as Portugal thrash Luxembourg 5-0, climb to 2nd in Group A- Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Portugal cruised past Luxembourg 5-0 in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday to stay close to group leader Serbia. Serbia kept a one-point cushion at the top of Group A by defeating last-place Azerbaijan 3-1 at home. It has 17 points, one more than Portugal, which has a game in hand.
Serbia’s last game is in Portugal in November. Portugal, which has won four in a row in qualifying, will play in Ireland before the decisive match against the Serbians.
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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Cristiano Ronaldo scores a hat-trick as Portugal thrash Luxembourg 5-0, climb to 2nd in Group A
Ronaldo took his record scoring tally to 115 international goals by converting two early penalty kicks and finding the net again near the end. Bruno Fernandes and João Palhinha also scored for Portugal.
Bernardo Silva was fouled to prompt the first penalty in the eighth minute, while Ronaldo himself was brought down inside the area before converting the second penalty in the 13th. He had to retake it, though, after André Silva entered the area too early.
Ronaldo also struck the post a few minutes later, and in the 18th Fernandes added to the lead after being set up by Bernardo Silva.
Palhinha scored the fourth in the 69th, moments after Ronaldo came close with a bicycle kick that was saved by Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Moris.
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