Ronaldo: I'm happy with Portugal

Tanya Simon
September 11, 2019

Playing in his 161st global, the 34-year-old notched his eighth hat-trick for his country and the 54th of his career to help Portugal through what had threatened to turn into a frustrating evening.

Ronaldo starred for the reigning European champions in the Group B clash in Vilnius, taking his tally to 93 worldwide goals.

After back-to-back draws to start their campaign, Portugal recorded much-needed wins over Serbia and Lithuania.

Portugal cast itself a Euro 2020 qualifying safety net thanks to a deep run in the Nations League last spring.

The victory saw Portugal cement second place in Group B of the Euro 2022 qualifiers, with eight points from four games.

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He scored an early penalty, before Vytautas Andriuskevicius equalised. He added scores in the 61st, 65th and 76th, giving him eight career worldwide hat tricks and 54 in all competitions for club and country.

Ronaldo's 20-yard shot went in off the head of Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus and he scored two more from Bernardo Silva passes, before William Carvalho's injury-time fifth.

The two strikes that followed resulted from some lax defending, allowing the Juventus star to score with relative ease and put the game away.

Portugal host Luxembourg and visit group leaders Ukraine next month.

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