IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL RON­ALDO FIRES POR­TU­GAL

Ace striker hits a brace as Euro­pean cham­pi­ons stroll past Hun­gary

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LIS­BON

Ron­aldo struck both goals from out­side the area, first slash­ing home a left-footer off Silva’s pass, fol­lowed by a right-footed free kick from an an­gle to seal the win in Lis­bon.

“We started off slowly, but the first goal gave our con­fi­dence a boost and the other goals came nat­u­rally,” Ron­aldo told Por­tuguese tele­vi­sion.

Por­tu­gal strength­ened their hold on sec­ond place with 12 points, open­ing a gap over Hun­gary, who stayed with seven points in third.

“We want to go the World Cup so we have to win our next five matches, they are all fi­nals,” said Por­tu­gal coach Fer­nando San­tos.

Switzer­land earned a fifth win in as many matches after beat­ing Latvia 1-0 to re­main on top of the group with 15 points.

Still stuck at the foot of the ta­ble, An­dorra nev­er­the­less sa­vored the end to a los­ing streak that had lasted 58 com­pet­i­tive matches stretch­ing over 11 years after draw­ing with Faroe Is­lands 0-0. Agen­cies

An­dorra’s los­ing streak in com­pet­i­tive matches for 11 years

Por­tu­gal’s Cris­tiano Ron­aldo (right) is chal­lenged by Hun­gary’s Paulo Vini­cius in their World Cup qual­i­fier in Lis­bon on Satur­day.

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