Thursday, January 21, 2021
 

Ronaldo sizzles for Portugal in Euro 2020 Qualifiers

 

Latest Stories

Duterte sends ‘warmest greetings, best wishes’ to Biden, Harris

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte extended to  United States President Joseph "Joe" Biden Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris his “warmest...

ABS-CBN’s ‘ASAP Natin ‘To’, ‘FPJ: Da King’ head to TV5

ABS-CBN’s long-time running musical variety show, “ASAP Natin 'To” and “FPJ: Da King,” are headed to TV5. Beginning Sunday,...

World hopes for renewed cooperation with US under Biden

MEXICO CITY: World leaders welcomed into their ranks the new United States President Joe Biden, noting their most pressing...

House panel OKs power to President to suspend SSS contribution hike

THE House of Representatives' Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization approved on Thursday a bill granting the President the...

LPA brings heavy rains over 3 Northern Luzon provinces — Pagasa

THE tail-end of a frontal system being fanned by a low pressure area (LPA) is bringing moderate to heavy...

PARIS: England and Portugal both scored five goals while France scored three as they overcame lowly-ranked Kosovo, Andorra and Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).

Captain Ronaldo, making his 160th international appearance, scored four as Portugal won 5-1 in Vilnius and strengthened their position in Group B after a sluggish start.

For Ronaldo it was a second hat trick in three internationals. The victory over Lithuania, 130th in the world rankings, kept brought Portugal five points behind Ukraine at the top of Group B.

Portugal, who opened the group with home draws against Ukraine and Serbia, started their recovery with a victory in Belgrade on Saturday. They have a game in hand on all the other teams in the group.




Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 7) AFP FILE PHOTO

“We were better, we are better, and we won because of it,” said Fernando Santos, the Portugal coach. “We kept the pace after the win at Serbia, otherwise this triumph would make no sense, and we are closer.”

Ronaldo’s first goal was a penalty. The second, with the scores level after an hour, was a scuffed low shot from outside the penalty area which took a couple of stranges bounces off the artificial turf before it was parried into the air by the diving Ernestas Setkus. The dropping ball hit the back of the goalie’s head before rolling in. The third was a clinical volley from close range. The fourth was a low shot into the corner.

Vytautas Andriuskevicius scored the hosts’ only goal before William Carvalho added a fifth for the reigning champions at the end.


Serbia beat Luxembourg 3-1, as Aleksandar Mitrovic netted twice, to solidify their grasp on third place. They are a point behind Portugal.

In Southampton, Gareth Southgate’s England side trailed early on to Kosovo, ranked 120th in the world, when Valon Berisha scored after 34 seconds. England replied with a first-half goal binge that ended with Jadon Sancho scoring twice to make it 5-1 at the break.

AFP



 
 

Weather

Today's Front Page

TRY OUR DIGITAL EDITION
FREE FOR 30 DAYS

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?