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Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Hattrick as Portugal Route Luxembourg 5-0

Wednesday, 13-October-2021 23:00

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) celebrates goal with his Portugal teammates
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Cristiano Ronaldo (left) celebrates goal with his Portugal teammates
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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Portugal successfully crushed Luxembourg 5-0 in the continuation of the 2022 World Cup Qualification Group A European zone at the Estadio Do Algarve on Wednesday morning Indonesian western time, according to FIFA's official notes.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the hero in this match with his three goals, while the other two goals were scored by Bruno Fernandes and Joao Palhinha.

The hosts were immediately awarded a penalty when the game had only been running for eight minutes after Sebastien Thill brought down Bernardo Silva in the penalty box.

Ronaldo, who came forward as the penalty taker, shot the ball into the middle and managed to outwit Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Moris. Score 1-0 to Portugal.

Not long ago, Portugal was awarded another penalty when Ronaldo's action was forcibly stopped by Moris.

Ronaldo was able to beat Moris, but the shot had to be repeated as Pepe went into the box before the referee blew the whistle.

CR7 again successfully entered the ball in the second kick to bring Portugal 2-0 up in the 13th minute.

In the 17th minute, Portugal was getting further away. Starting from Bernardo Silva's breakthrough pass, the ball was received by Bruno Fernandes who immediately fired a horizontal shot into the right corner of the goal so that Moris couldn't drive it away. The score becomes 3-0.

After the goal, the score remained 3-0 for Portugal until halftime.

After the break, Ronaldo almost scored his third goal in this match in the 49th minute.

Nuno Mendes kicks a pass from the left which is accepted by Ronaldo. However, the 36-year-old's kick was still narrowly wide of the Luxembourg goal.

In the 68th minute, Moris made a brilliant save to parry an acrobatic shot from Ronaldo.

A minute later, goalkeeper Moris conceded again through Joao Palhinha's header who took advantage of Bruno Fernandes' corner. Portugal lead 4-0.

Ronaldo was finally able to score a hat-trick in the 87th minute after Ruben Neves released a long pass from midfield.

Ronaldo, who was able to escape the offside trap, successfully shot a header that Moris couldn't drive away. Portugal leads 5-0.

The score lasts until the game ends.

This victory brought Fernando Santos' squad to second place in Group A with 16 points from six matches, one point behind Serbia, who have played one more game.

Meanwhile, Luxembourg sits in third with six points.

Lineup:

Portugal (4-3-3): Rui Patricio; Joao Cancelo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Nuno Mendes; Joao Palhinha (Ruben Neves 73'), Joao Moutinho (Joao Mario 65'), Bruno Fernandes (Goncalo Guedes 80'); Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva (Rafael Leao 73'), Bernardo Silva (Matheus Luiz 80').

Luxembourg (4-5-1): Anthony Moris; Laurent Jans, Maxime Chanot, Dirk Carlson, Michael Pinto (Edvin Muratovic 87'); Danel Sinani (Eric Veiga 87'), Christopher Martins, Leandro Barreiro, Olivier Thill (Yvandro Borges Sanches 46'); Gedson Rodrigues, Sebastien Thill (Maurice Deville 46'). 

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