Lisbon: Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals, including two in the first four minutes, to lead Portugal to a 6-0 win over nine-man Andorra in their World Cup qualifier in Aveiro.
It was the Portugal captain’s fourth hat-trick for his country and the first time he has scored four in a match, taking his tally to 65 goals in 134 internationals. The win got the European champions off the mark in Group B after a 2-0 defeat by Switzerland in their opening game last month when Ronaldo was missing through injury.
Andorra’s Jordi Rubio was dismissed in the 62nd minute and Marc Rebés followed nine minutes later, both for fouls on Ronaldo. Ronaldo opened his account after 73 seconds, driving the ball home after Andorra failed to clear a corner, and headed home Ricardo Quaresma’s cross in the fourth minute.
José Fonte was brilliantly denied by the Andorra goalkeeper, Josep Gómes, André Silva hit the bar and Ronaldo was close with another header before João Cancelo added Portugal’s third in the 44th minute.
Ronaldo completed his hat-trick two minutes after the restart when he volleyed in an André Gomes cross and scored his fourth in the 68th minute after Fonte headed Quaresma’s cross into his path. André Silva added the sixth with a deflected shot.