Cristiano Ronaldo scored a global record-breaking tenth hat-trick for Portugal on Tuesday night time, whereas Bruno Fernandes additionally obtained on the scoresheet within the 5-0 hammering of Luxembourg.
The Manchester United stars cemented their nation’s place within the prime two of Group A towards the minnows, edging the Selecao nearer to qualification for World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Portugal stay a degree behind group leaders Serbia, though they do boast a sport in hand, which means their destiny lies very a lot in their very own fingers as they goal to succeed in the summit. And with Ronaldo and Fernandes in prime kind, that quest is definitely achievable.
The duo starred for Fernando Santos’ aspect within the 5-0 drubbing of Luxembourg, as Ronaldo notably shone, breaking one more report on his journey to turning into essentially the most individually embellished participant in historical past.
The 36-year-old hit a treble on Tuesday – the tenth of his worldwide profession. That determine is increased than some other participant, which means that he not solely holds the report for essentially the most worldwide objectives with 115, however he’s now additionally the main hat-trick scorer on the worldwide stage.
He kicked off the scoring with two penalties in fast succession, giving himself 77 minutes to finish his hat-trick. Ronaldo needed to wait till the 87th minute to get his reward, darting to the again publish and heading house to spherical off one other profitable night for himself and Portugal.
Fernandes additionally impressed on the night time, scoring the Selecao’s third with a superb drilled shot throughout the goalkeeper, whereas additionally offering the help for Joao Palhinha so as to add a fourth.
Each gamers ended the night time with none harm issues, which means Man Utd supporters can breathe a sigh of aid over the health of two of their superstars.
Portugal must wait till November to seal prime spot of Group A, after they face Republic of Eire on November 11, earlier than internet hosting Serbia in what may very well be a straight shootout for the summit.