Cristiano Ronaldo scores four as Portugal crush Lithuania 5-1

Cristiano Ronaldo scores four as Portugal crush Lithuania 5-1

Cristiano Ronaldo scores four as Portugal crush Lithuania 5-1

New Delhi: Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo''s four goals helped Euro 2016 champions Portugal crush Lithuania 5-1 in Euro 2020 qualifying Group B match.

On Tuesday, Ronaldo opened his account in the seventh minute with a penalty after Joao Felix had been fouled, though Vytautas Andriuskevicius levelled things up for the hosts in the 28th minute, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Portugal raised their game in the second half, with 34-year-old Ronaldo bagging three more goals with Bernardo Silva laying on two assists. Midfielder William Carvalho''s close range shot completed the 5-1 rout in stoppage time.

It was Portugal''s second consecutive qualifying victory after they had beaten Serbia 4-2 on Saturday. These wins have vaulted them to second place in the Group B standings, five points behind leaders Ukraine with one game in hand.

Portugal''s next match is at home against Luxembourg on October 11.

( Inputs from news agency IANS )

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