Red hot Devils

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their first ever World Cup qual­i­fier away goal.

Ron­aldo scored twice and even missed a spot­kick as Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Por­tu­gal re­cov­ered from a sec­ond-half wob­ble in Lis­bon to re­main three points adrift of Group B lead­ers Switzer­land.

Ron­aldo con­verted a first-half spot­kick to open the scores but then missed a sec­ond one which hit the post.

Within a minute Latvia were level as sub­sti­tute Ar­turs Zjuzins pounced on the loose ball fol­low­ing a goal­mouth scram­ble to fire home on 67 min­utes.

But head­ers from Wil­lian and Bruno Alves and a spec­tac­u­lar scis­sor-kick from Ron­aldo as­sured Por­tu­gal of the three points.

Ear­lier in Group B, the Faroe Is­lands were sim­i­larly plucky in soggy Lucerne, where Switzer­land scored seven min­utes from the end through Stephan Licht­steiner to grind out a 2-0 vic­tory and main­tain their 100 per­cent record.

In the same group Hun­gary ham­mered An­dorra 4-0 at home.

Out-of-favour Manch­ester United winger Mem­phis De­pay came off the bench to score twice and save the Nether­lands’ blushes in Lux­em­bourg.

De­pay gave United man­ager Jose Mour­inho a re­minder of his worth just as the Dutch were slid­ing to an em­bar­rass­ing draw.

The 3-1 vic­tory over Lux­em­bourg keeps the mis­fir­ing Dutch in the hunt for a place at Rus­sia 2018, but they will need to play bet­ter if they are to trump the twin threats of ta­ble-top­pers France and Swe­den in Group A. – AFP

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