Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Euro 2020 roundup: Ronaldo gets four, France stroll it, Czechs bounce back

Cristiano Ronaldo scores four in Portugal win over Lithuania Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo Scores 4 Goals in Portugal's Rout of Lithuania
Sidney Guerrero | 11 September, 2019, 14:39

The Juventus star is now on worldwide duty with Portugal, who he helped on Tuesday, September 10, cruise to a 5-1 victory against Lithuania in their Euro 2020 qualifier.

"I'm having a good time, but the team was doing very well too", he said after the match.

Ronaldo added: "I am happy and enjoying this moment, not just because I scored the goals, but because of the level that we have achieved in these last years".

"It is up to me to continue helping the national team".

The result keeps Portugal in an automatic qualifying place, five points behind Group B leaders Ukraine.

Serbia moved up into third place in the group with a 3-1 win at Luxembourg, with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring twice. Serbia sits a point behind Portugal with seven points.

HK activist and German FM meeting angers China
It is against the law to disrespect the Chinese national anthem, which was played in the stadium before the match started. Some local fans continued to chant protest slogans during the match, which saw Iran beat Hong Kong 2-0.

"We are closer, we have two games - one at home and one away - and I think if we win one of those matches it's enough".

Portugal, the defending European champion, dominated throughout in Vilnius, finishing with 31 total attempts.

Lithuania became the 40th country Ronaldo has scored against, as his four-goal haul meant he has bagged a remarkable 54 hat-tricks in his career for club and country.

The hosts equalized with a header by Vytautas Andriuskevicius from a corner kick in the 28th, with the ball hitting the post before going in. The one in the 61st minute, which snapped a 1-1 draw, was a gift from Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus, who went to ground to stop a relatively routine long-range shot from Ronaldo, only to have it bounce of him and into the goal.

Playing in his 161st global match, Ronaldo struck four times to inspire Portugal through what had threatened to turn into a frustrating evening.

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