INSPIRATIONAL RONALDO FIRES PORTUGAL
Ace striker hits a brace as European champions stroll past Hungary
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.