An­dre Silva’s hat-trick helps Por­tu­gal rout Faeroe Is­lands

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Cris­tiano Ron­aldo may have fi­nally have found a wor­thy goalscor­ing part­ner in Por­tu­gal’s 6-0 rout the Faeroe Is­lands in World Cup qual­i­fy­ing on Mon­day.

An­dre Silva, the 20-year-old Porto prospect, scored a first-half hat-trick be­fore Ron­aldo added a fourth mid­way through the se­cond half in a com­fort­able visit to the North At­lantic for the Euro­pean cham­pion. In stop­page time, goals from Joao Moutinho and Joao Cancelo com­pleted Por­tu­gal’s se­cond six-goal shutout in four days. Af­ter Ron­aldo scored four in a 6-0 win over An­dorra on Fri­day, Silva stepped up to en­sure Por­tu­gal took max­i­mum points from the tra­di­tional min­nows in Group B.

Por­tu­gal rose to se­cond place in the stand­ings over the pre­vi­ously un­beaten Faeroese, who had yet to con­cede a goal in two qual­i­fiers.

Still, Por­tu­gal trails three points be­hind Switzer­land, which hung on for a 2-1 vic­tory at An­dorra to ex­tend its win­ning streak to three matches. Por­tu­gal lags be­hind be­cause it lost 2-0 in Switzer­land in the opener last month without Ron­aldo or Silva in the start­ing lineup. Ron­aldo was left out due to the knee in­jury he sus­tained in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship fi­nal and Por­tu­gal led its at­tack with Eder, whose ex­tra-time goal de­cided the Euro 2016 fi­nal against France. Silva has stayed in the team since Por­tu­gal coach Fer­nando San­tos sent him on for Eder when trail­ing the Swiss by two goals at half­time.

His first Por­tu­gal goal came last Fri­day and his in­ter­na­tional record is now four in four games.

Ron­aldo’s goal tally is 66 for a Por­tu­gal team that has mostly lacked a penalty-area preda­tor to com­ple­ment his all-around threat. Silva scored op­por­tunis­tic goals in the 12th, 22nd and 37th min­utes, mostly tak­ing ad­van­tage of slack play in the Faeroe Is­lands de­fense.

Ron­aldo struck with a ris­ing left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area.

AN­DORRA 1, SWITZER­LAND 2

Switzer­land has its own pro­lific scorer in de­fender Fabian Schaer. The Hof­fen­heim cen­ter back took his goal record to seven in 27 in­ter­na­tional matches by scor­ing a 19thminute penalty. It was awarded for a trip by An­dorra cap­tain Ilde­fonso Lima on Ad­mir Mehmedi who ap­peared to have lost con­trol of the ball.

Mehmedi ex­tended the lead in the 77th for the Swiss by con­nect­ing on a closerange header from Xher­dan Shaqiri’s cross on the left side of the penalty area.

An­dorra scored its first goal in World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion since Septem­ber 2009 in the 90th minute. Alex Mar­tinez fired in a shot from dis­tance to the top left-hand corner of the Swiss goal.

LATVIA 0, HUN­GARY 2

Hun­gary rose to third in the stand­ings with its first win of the cam­paign. Winger Adam Gyurcso scored in the 10th and for­ward Adam Sza­lai sealed the win in the 77th. Sza­lai also scored twice in a 3-2 home loss against Switzer­land on Fri­day.

Hun­gary has four points and a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence than the Faeroe Is­lands which is fourth. Latvia has three points and last-place An­dorra has zero. —AP

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