Ronaldo converted two penalties before scoring a late header to help Portugal to a 5-0 victory. The forward has already scored 58 hat-tricks in his career, including 10 for Portugal, Goal.com reported.
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With the Algarve stadium full, the Portuguese National Team entered at full speed and in the 17th minute they were already winning 3-0. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a penalty in the 8th minute.
It was necessary to wait a bit to see Cristiano Ronaldo score again, again with a penalty. The Equip das Quinas captain thus reached 8 goals against the Luxembourg team, which became their biggest victim.
The wait for the third goal of the game was short, and this time it was Bruno fernandes who scored with his right foot inside the penalty area after an assist from Bernardo Silva. It was Fernandes’ sixth goal with the National Team.
In the second half of the match, the pace slowed and Portugal controlled the game at ease, still having several good opportunities to score.
In his 100th game with the national team, the goalkeeper Rui Patricio got his 49th clean sheet.
In the 69th minute, Joao Palhinha scored his second goal for Portugal, after a corner kick taken by Bruno Fernandes. Very close to the end, Cristiano Ronaldo completed the hat-trick after a pass from Rubén Neves down the left wing. This was Ronaldo’s ninth goal against Luxembourg and his 801st goal as a senior.
In the other Group A match held on Tuesday, Serbia won (3-1) in the reception to Azerbaijan. Thus, Serbia leads Group A with one point more than Portugal, but also a more disputed match.