Cristiano Ronaldo scored 4 objectives in Portugal’s 5-1 win over last-place Lithuania in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship on Tuesday.
Ronaldo scored early within the first half and added three extra within the second after the hosts had evened the match earlier than halftime. William Carvalho wrapped up the scoring in stoppage time.
“I’m going through a good phase, but the team has been playing well too,” Ronaldo mentioned. “I’m enjoying this moment not only because of my goals, but also because of the team’s performances in recent years. I just have to keep helping the team.”
It was the second consecutive qualifying victory for Portugal after it opened Group B with two straight attracts at residence. It moved to second place with eight factors, 5 fewer than chief Ukraine. Third-place Serbia, which gained 3-1 at Luxembourg, has seven factors.
Portugal beat Serbia 4-2 on Saturday for its first qualifying win.
“We did the hardest thing, which was to win at Serbia,” Ronaldo mentioned. “It was important to keep our momentum here. We are getting closer to our goal.”
Portugal, the defending European champion, dominated all through in Vilnius, ending with 31 whole makes an attempt.
Ronaldo, who now has 93 objectives in 160 matches with Portugal, opened the scoring with a low shot from the penalty spot within the seventh minute after a handball by a Lithuanian defender following a cross by teenager Joŗo Fşlix.
The hosts equalized with a header by Vytautas Andriuskevicius from a nook kick within the 28th, with the ball hitting the submit earlier than moving into.
Ronaldo’s second purpose got here with a low shot from outdoors the world that was initially saved by Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus, however the ball bounced off the goalkeeper’s again and went backward into the purpose within the 62nd.
Ronaldo deflected in a cross by Bernardo Silva three minutes later, then added his fourth with a well-placed shot from inside the world within the 76th earlier than being substituted and applauded by many of the native crowd.
Carvalho scored from shut vary within the last minutes.
Lithuania was internet hosting Portugal for the primary time. The match was performed on synthetic turf on the 5,000-capacity LFF Stadium.
On Oct. 11, Portugal hosts Luxembourg, whereas Lithuania visits Ukraine.