As records go, some just can’t be saved by rampaging Cristiano Ronaldo who has been breaking all sorts of records both in club and national level. The Portuguese went ahead and broke another record yesterday as they beat Lithuania
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo took his international tally to 93 goals when he scored four times to give the European champions a 5-1 win away to Lithuania in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday.
Playing in his 161st international, the 34-year-old notched his eighth hat-trick for his country and the 54th of his remarkable career to help Portugal through what had threatened to turn into a frustrating evening.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring after scoring from the penalty spot after defender handled the ball from a Jao Felix cross that was meant for Ronaldo and Bernado Silva.
Vytautas Andriuskevicius then grabbed a surprise equaliser, rising above his marker to head in from a corner in the 28th minute. At this point, everything seemed like it was going to go wrong for the Selecao.
Ronaldo set up good chances for team mates Felix and Bernardo Silva, which were wasted, after the break before taking matters into his own hands.
Just as Portugal were beginning to show signs of frustration, Ronaldo produced a low shot which bobbled twice in front of Setkus in the 62nd minute. The Lithuania goalkeeper got his hand to it, but it hit his head and bounced into the net.
Three minutes later, Ronaldo was left free in the area to sweep home Bernardo Silva’s cross and Silva also provided the pass for Ronaldo to sidefoot his fourth 11 minutes later.
Carvalho’s goal, his fourth in 60 games, was a fitting reward for a player who keeps the Portugal midfield ticking over without getting much attention.
Portugal the Euro defending champions continue with commanding performances to show that they are willing to battle it out again in 2020 to defend their title that they won in 2016.
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