Cristiano Ronaldo scores four goals in Portugal's Euro 2020 qualifying win against Lithuania - in pictures
Antoine Griezmann misses from the penalty spot as France run out 3-0 winners over Andorra
Cristiano Ronaldo plundered four goals as Portugal crushed Lithuania while France scored three as they overcame lowly-ranked Andorra in Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday.
Captain Ronaldo marked his 160th appearance for his country with a second hat-trick in as many internationals to take Portugal second in Group B five points behind leaders Ukraine.
Portugal, who opened the group with home draws against Ukraine and Serbia, started their recovery with a victory in Belgrade on Saturday. They have a game in hand on all the other teams in the group.
"We were better, we are better, and we won because of it," said Fernando Santos, the Portugal manager. "We kept the pace after the win at Serbia, otherwise this triumph would make no sense, and we are closer."
Ronaldo got scoring up and running with a penalty after only seven minutes against a team ranked 130th in the world. The second, with the scores level after an hour, was a scuffed low shot from outside the penalty area with goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus helping it on its way as the ball bounced horribly off the artificial surface in Vilnius. The dropping ball hit the back of the goalie's head before rolling in. The third was a clinical volley from close range. The fourth was a low shot into the corner.
Vytautas Andriuskevicius scored the hosts' only goal before William Carvalho added a fifth for the reigning European champions in injury time.
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice as Serbia ran out 3-1 winners over Luxembourg to remain in third place in the group behind Portugal and Ukriane.
In Paris, world champions France secured a 3-0 victory over 136th-ranked Andorra 3-0 to celebrate 100 Les Bleus' matches at the Stade de France.
Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty for his country for the second game running but Kinglsey Coman, Clement Lenglet, with his first on the international goal, and Wissam Ben Yedder clinched three points.
"It is really annoying. I'll just need to keep working. You can't be on top of your game all the time," Griezmann said.
Coman also scored two against Albania on Saturday.
"It has been a very good week. It has gone well personally and collectively," Coman told television station TF1.
Turkey beat Moldova 4-0 in Chisinau with Cenk Tosun netting twice to stay level with France on 15 points at the top of Group H. But Iceland, who had been level with the top two, suffered a blow as they lost 4-2 in Albania.
Published: September 11, 2019 10:21 AM