his was the 55th hat-trick of Cristiano Ronaldo's career (Photo Credit: PTI File)
Euro 2020 Qualifier, Portugal vs Lithuania: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his ninth international hat-trick as Portugal thumped Lithuania 6-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifier. This was the 55th hat-trick of his career. After opening the scoring from the penalty spot, Ronaldo lashed home a superb second goal from outside the box. Ronaldo got his hat-trick in the second half taking a cut-back from Bernardo Silva and firing home. Pizzi, Goncalo Paciencia and Silva scored the other goals in the one-sided Group B match.
Cristiano Ronaldo has now moved to 98 goals for his country and could become only the second player to score a century of goals for his country after Iran’s Ali Daei. Ronaldo showed no sign of the knee problem that led to him being substituted in his previous two games for Juventus – prompting an angry reaction on the second occasion.
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However, the defending European champions will have to wait to confirm their place at next year's edition. Aleksandar Mitrovic's brace kept Serbia's hopes alive as they beat Luxembourg 3-2. Portugal are second with 14 points, one ahead of Serbia, and will qualify if they win in Luxembourg on Sunday. The Group B leaders, Ukraine, have already made the finals.
In Group A, the Czech Republic joined England in qualifying for Euro 2020 from Group A by coming from behind to beat Kosovo 2-1. Elsewhere, France and Turkey made it to the Euro 2020 finals after the world champions came from behind to win 2-1 against Moldova. Turkey played a scoreless draw with Iceland finishing second in Group H.