Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals, contributing to Portugal’s 6-0 win over Lithuania in the Euro 2020 qualifier on November 14.
Three goals in the match on November 14 helped Ronaldo get the 55th hattrick in his career, leaving Lionel Messi three hattrick. The Portuguese striker is currently the most hattrick player in the world of football.
Portugal need three points against Lithuania in order to maintain an advantage in the race to win the second ticket in Group B – where Ukraine has been the most secure group and reached the Euro 2020 final. The hosts were not difficult to lead 2-0 in the first half from Ronaldo’s goals
Portugal 6-0 Lithuania
Right at the seventh minute, Ronaldo brought the penalty and then he opened the score on the spot 11 meters. 15 minutes later, the 34-year-old striker doubled his lead from the outside of the box after a pass from Paciencia.
Ronaldo’s two goals made it easier for Portugal to play in the remaining minutes. The home side played leisurely but still scored four more goals in the second half, thanks to the work of Pizzi, Paciencia, Bernardo Silva and Ronaldo. In it, Ronaldo was the one who decided to win 6-0. The Juventus striker had two situations that helped one step down, but still scored with the help of Bernardo Silva.
In the last seven games for Portugal, Ronaldo has scored 13 goals. He had 98 goals for Portugal, including nine hattrick. Ronaldo is eager to become the second player in history to score 100 or more goals for the national team, after Ali Daei (Iran) with 109 goals.
Ronaldo could have come closer to that milestone, had he not missed the good chance at the end of the match against Lithuania. However, the Juventus striker still has the opportunity to reach the 100-point mark next week, when the Portuguese opponent in the final round of the qualifier is just Luxembourg.
Fernando Santos teachers and students will be forced to win the match against Luxembourg to be second place in the group. Portugal is currently ranked second with 14 points, five points behind Ukraine and one point ahead of Serbia.