With the scoring spree, the talisman took his international tally to 93 goals. Playing in his 161st international, the 34-year-old notched his eighth hat-trick for his country and the 54th of his remarkable career to help Portugal ease past its opponent.
Midfielder William Carvalho completed the rout in stoppage time as Portugal stayed second in Group B with eight points, five behind leader Ukraine with one game in hand. Serbia is a further point behind in third after a 3-1 win in Luxemburg. “I scored one goal against Serbia and four (on Tuesday). What I want most is to continue like this,” said Ronaldo, who converted an early penalty and then added three second half goals.England wins thriller
England’s march towards the Euro 2020 Finals continued but not quite in the manner it might have expected as it beat a brave Kosovo side 5-3 in an extraordinary Group A qualifier at the St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton on Tuesday.
Valon Berisha gave 120th-ranked Kosovo the lead after 35 seconds but England hit back seven minutes later through Raheem Sterling’s header. The rampant host led 5-1 at the interval with a double for teenager Jadon Sancho. Kosovo was not about to depart the biggest night in its short footballing history quietly though and exposed worrying weaknesses in England’s defence.
Within 10 minutes of the restart, it scored twice through Berisha and Vedat Muriqi. Harry Kane, who scored the home side’s second goal, had a penalty saved by Arijanet Muric and Sterling then hit the post. Kosovo kept going forward until the final whistle and Bersant Celina went close to making it 4-5.
England, which conceded three at home for the first time since 2012, leads the group with a maximum 12 points. Kosovo dropped to third with eight points, one behind the Czech Republic, which beat Montenegro 3-0 away.
France beats Andorra
France forward Kingsley Coman grabbed his third goal in two matches as he inspired the host to a 3-0 win against Andorra in its Euro 2020 Group H qualifier in Paris on Tuesday. The pacy Coman, who got a double in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Albania, put France ahead in the first half and hit the woodwork in the second. Clement Lenglet also found the net after the break and Wissam Ben Yedder scored in stoppage time. The world champion stays second in the section with 15 points from six games, level with leader Turkey, which won 4-0 away to Moldova, thanks to a Cenk Tosun double.