On Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo scored four times in Portugal’s win over Lithuania, his eighth career hat trick for his country. The goals helped to give the European champions a 5-1 win away to Lithuania in their Euro 2020 qualifier.
Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos said that Ronaldo was the best player in the world and the four goals were clear and unmistakable proof.
Ronaldo’s victory came during a 15-minute flurry in the second half whereby he scored his first three goals. Later he converted a penalty for his opener in the seventh minute, but Lithuania’s Vytautas Andriuškevičius knotted the score at 1-1 in the 28th minute.
Ronaldo bagged his second just past the hour mark, then finished off his hat trick four minutes later by tiptoeing between defenders in the center of the box and flicking home Bernardo Silva’s ball in.
Silva slipped another pass to the captain in the 76th minute and without delay, Ronaldo opened up his body and curled a first-time finish into the bottom right corner. Ukraine leads with 13 points in Group B while Portugal is second with eight points. Cristiano Ronaldo is 8th for Portugal and 54th of his career.
England, on the other hand, beat Kosovo 5-3. Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho scored two goals late in the first half. Sancho settled a pass from Raheem in the 44th minute and punished Kosovo for the space afforded to him.
The 19-year-old scored his first goal for England, and three minutes later, he scored his second. Sancho scored again in the first minute of stoppage time as the Three Lions struggled a bit but stayed atop Group A with four wins from the four matches played.