Portugal 6-0 Lithuania: Cristiano Ronaldo hits hat-trick in rout before taking selfie with pitch invader as Fernando Santos’ men stroll to victory and edge closer to Euro 2020
- Cristiano Ronaldo was fouled in the box and opened the scoring with a penalty
- Portugal talisman then doubled his tally with an effort into the top right corner
- Pizzi scored the third before Mendes Paciência slotted home the fourth
- Ronaldo then completed his hat-trick and Bernardo Silva also notched one
- Portugal remain second in Group B ahead of Serbia by a solitary point
Cristiano Ronaldo took a selfie with one pitch invader and embraced another as he scored another hat-trick, moving closer to 100 international goals and helping Portugal edge closer to Euro 2020.
Ronaldo, whose hat-trick was the 55th of his career and ninth for Portugal, has 98 goals and could become only the second player to score a century for his country after Iran’s Ali Daei.
Pizzi, Goncalo Paciencia and Bernardo Silva shared the other goals in the one-sided Group B match.
Cristiano Ronaldo posed for a selfie (right) with a fan who ran onto the pitch
He also lifted a child off his feet after the young supporter had broken through the barriers
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Portugal smashed Lithuania to stay second in the group
Ronaldo and Manchester City star Bernardo Silva were both on the scoresheet for Portugal
The European champions, however, were left waiting to secure a place at the finals after Serbia beat Luxembourg 3-2.
There was more than one pitch invader who ran onto the turf to meet Ronaldo and he responded graciously, sharing a picture with one and lifting up a child.
He showed no sign of the knee problem which led to him being substituted in his last two games for Juventus – prompting an angry reaction on the second occasion – and could easily have reached a century of goals on Thursday.
Coach Fernando Santos declared that he never had any doubts about Portugal’s most-capped player.
‘I asked him if he was OK to play, it was just a case of having a conversation with him,’ he said. ‘I never had any doubts about his condition, it was other people who had them. Nothing surprises me about Cristiano.’
Portugal are in second place with 14 points, one ahead of Serbia, and will qualify if they win in Luxembourg on Sunday. Leaders Ukraine have already qualified.
Ronaldo was quick off the mark, winning and converting a penalty in the seventh minute.
The 34-year-old got to the ball ahead of Saulius Mikoliunas, who clipped his heel, and sent his spot kick down the middle, hitting goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus’ foot on the way in.
The captain won a penalty and then converted it to set the ball rolling for his side in Faro
Mendes Paciência was also on the scoresheet for Portugal as they ran riot at home
Lithuania paid for more…