Euro 2020: Portugal succeed after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 99th goal

The defending Euro 2020 Portugal edged past Luxembourg 2-0 away from home on Sunday to qualify for Euro 2020. Portugal Euro Cup Tickets can be grabbed from our global event ticket sales market.

Bruno Fernandes broke the deadlock in the 39th minute and Cristiano Ronaldo added the second with four minutes remaining to ensure that Portugal finished second in Group B of Euro 2020 qualifiers with 17 points.

Euro 2020 Tickets |Euro 2020: Portugal succeed after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 99th goal
Euro 2020: Portugal succeed after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 99th goal

Ronaldo’s goal took his international tally to 99, leaving him on the brink of becoming only the second player in history to score 100 goals for a national team joining Ali Daei of Iran. The Juventus forward later complained about the quality of the playing surface at the Josy Barthel stadium.

It’s difficult to play on these pitches it was a potato field; I don’t know how teams of our level are supposed to play on these pitches he told reporters. It wasn’t a good spectacle but we did our job I’m looking forward to my fifth European Championship.

A stoppage-time equalizer by the late substitute Artem Besyedin gave Ukraine their draw in Serbia after the home side led twice in an entertaining qualifier. Euro 2020 Fans from all over the world can buy Euro Cup Semi-Finals Tickets online.

The Ukrainians, who had already secured a place in next year’s 24-nation Euro 2020 tournament, finished their campaign top of the group on 20 points from eight games. Third-placed Serbia, who collected 14 points, will have another chance to advance via the Nations League play-offs in March.

Euro 2020 Tickets |Euro 2020: Portugal succeed after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 99th goal
Euro 2020: Portugal succeed after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 99th goal

Matthias Ginter was delighted to register his first international goal as Germany booked their place at Euro 2020. The Borussia Monchengladbach center-back opened the scoring in the 41st minute with an exquisite backheeled flick from Serge Gnabry’s low cross on his home ground.

Northern Ireland’s failure to win at home against the Netherlands meant the three points were enough for Joachim Low’s side to progress to next summer’s Euro 2020, alongside their Dutch counterparts.

Speaking to the German Football Association’s official website, Ginter said Our main aim was to qualify for the Euros. We’re pleased to be part of such a big Euro 2020. I’m really happy about my first goal. It’s great that I got it here in Monchengladbach too. They often left us a lot of space.

Euro 2020 Tickets |Euro 2020: Portugal succeed after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 99th goal
Euro 2020: Portugal succeed after Cristiano Ronaldo’s 99th goal

Antoine Griezmann scored one and created another as France secured top spot in their qualifying group with a 2-0 win in Albania. The Barcelona forward set up the opener for Corentin Tolisso after eight minutes and followed up with the second just after the half-hour in Albania’s first match at the new Arena Kombetare.

It was the perfect way for the world champions to celebrate Didier Deschamps’ 100th match as manager of France, who was already qualified, and ensured they finished two points ahead of Turkey in Group H.

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Euro Cup 2020 – How Portugal could line up against Lithuania?

Portugal comes into this one facing a fight to ensure they secure an automatic qualification spot for Euro 2020. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Portugal Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Euro Cup 2020 - How Portugal could line up against Lithuania
Euro Cup 2020 – How Portugal could line up against Lithuania

Fernando Santos’ side is currently second in the group but is just a point ahead of Serbia with two games left to play.

However, Portugal is hosting Lithuania next, who are bottom of the group and have just one point from their seven games so far, scoring just five times in that run.

With second-bottom Luxembourg to come in their final fixture, Portugal may feel confident of picking up maximum points and finishing second in Group B.

With five members of the last Portugal squad missing, Santos is going to have to make some changes to the starting lineup that were beaten 2-1 away from home by group leaders Ukraine.

However, Wolverhampton Wanderer’s goalkeeper Rui Patricio is fit and will be expected to start in between the sticks against Lithuania.

Euro Cup 2020 - How Portugal could line up against Lithuania
Euro Cup 2020 – How Portugal could line up against Lithuania

Benfica defender Ruben Dias is likely to retain his place ahead of him at the heart of the defence, as is Borussia Dortmund’s Raphael Guerreiro at left-back. With Semedo out, Leicester City right-back Ricardo Periera looks likely to replace him, while one veteran defender could replace another, with Jose Fonte coming in for Pepe alongside Dias.

Given the nature of the fixture, the more defensive-minded Danilo Pereira could drop out for Ruben Neves, who could partner club team-mate Joao Moutinho in midfield. Ahead of them, Bernardo Silva should keep his place on the right, while Bruno Fernandes could play as a tucked-in option on the left flank in place of Guedes.

Cristiano Ronaldo will undoubtedly start in attack if he is fit, while Mario could be replaced with an extra striker as Portugal go for goals, with Andre Silva in line to partner to the Juventus star upfront.

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German said about Lewandowski – He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has scored 19 goals for the season with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Euro 2020 in Latvia. This victory reinforces Poland’s place at the top of the group G.

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German said about Lewandowski - He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat
German said about Lewandowski – He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat

Robert Lewandowski is not a Bayern lifebuoy, but his lifeboat. His nineteen goals almost alone keep the team afloat wrote about the Poland striker Christian Eichler from the newspaper. 

Bayern Munich’s captain is one of the few players in the Niko Kovac team who has been praised by the media in recent weeks.

Germans praise Lewandowski. “He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat”.

Robert Lewandowski has already scored 19 goals this season. 13 of them won in Bundesliga matches, where they broke the record in terms of the number of matches with a goal at the beginning of the season. A Poland entered the list of scorers in each of the first nine rounds of the German league.

German said about Lewandowski - He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat
German said about Lewandowski – He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat

Lewandowski’s game is, however, one of the few positives in Bayern Munich. Bavarians take second place in the Bundesliga table and in the Champions League they are the best in group B. 

In addition, were it not for the captain of the Poland national team, the results of the Munich team would be much weaker, as German journalists increasingly emphasize. 

This time Christian Eichler did it. Lewandowski is not a Bayern lifebuoy, but his launch. His 19 goals almost alone keep the team afloat. 

German said about Lewandowski - He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat
German said about Lewandowski – He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat

Nobody claims that in a team like Bayern, every striker would score a lot of goals. Quite the opposite with such a striker every team can be better he added.

Recently, his coach, Niko Kovac, also talked about Lewandowski’s importance for Bayern. He is in life form, playing his best season. He keeps us at the forefront of the Bundesliga admitted the Croatian.

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Portugal will be the black horse at Euro 2020

European champions Portugal will enter next year’s Euro 2020 as both defending champions and a dark horse who for 4 years have carried arrogant rights in football’s most modest lands. Football fans can book Portugal Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The Portugal national team finished 3rd in their group back in 2016 but were able to progress to the knockout stages. Thanks to a nip in the tournament’s plan, which allowed the 4 best third-placed teams from the 6 groups to make the final 16.

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Euro 2020 – Fans have been curious Portugal’s future post-Ronaldo, pointing to the lack of a supporting cast

Despite a jagged finish to the group stage that saw them finish with 3 points, Portugal was able to progress through to the final. An unlikely hero in substitute Eder was able to seal Portugal’s fate as champions against a star-peppered French team at home in Paris.

Since then, Portugal has had a mix of triumph and distress in international rivalries. Portugal currently sits in 6th  place in FIFA’s world rankings, which seems fitting seeing their recent endeavours and surge in star players.

The World Cup in Russia was a tournament to overlook for Portugal with a round-of-16 removal to Uruguay after grating their way into the knockout phase. However, later that same year, the opening UEFA Nations League kicked off in an effort to replace worthless international friendlies with a season-long drive of competitive international football.

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Euro 2020 – Nelson Semedo has played more than 60 games since 2017

The format’s start should be admired as an attempt at growing the already excellent level of world football. Portugal claimed the competition’s 1st  crown in June 2019, yet are still losers moving forward into next year’s Euro 2020 championship.

For years, journalists and fans alike have been curious Portugal’s future post-Ronaldo, pointing to the lack of a supporting cast. The Nations League was the first time in years where the potential of Portugal’s bright future was shown to the world as they achieved with Ronaldo playing number 9.

Portugal will have one of the most difficult attacking diamonds in world football credibly enough to prove that there is in fact life after Ronaldo.

Since Ronaldo’s rise to stardom, Portugal has been deliberated one of the best counter-attacking teams in world football. With a recent increase in attacking wing backs, which can be credited to Pep Guardiola’s strategic wisdom, Portugal has counterfeit 2 superb wing backs to support their deadly attack and overcrowd opposing defences.

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Euro 2020 – Joao Cancelo took over to help Pep Guardiola in finalising his tactical goals

Nelson Semedo who has played more than 60 games since 2017 and Joao Cancelo who took over from Juventus to help Pep Guardiola in finalising his tactical goals.Portugal will have one of the best line-ups in the world moving into Euro 2020.

This is without going into depth on the talent of Ruben Neves, Gelson Martins and Goncalo Guedes to name a few. On the back of recent success and the team’s players performing at high levels for the biggest clubs in Europe, Portugal is my favourites moving into next years Euro 2020.

And although Ronaldo is aged and not scoring 50-plus goals a season any longer, he is scoring in the mid-20s, a number that the best strikers in the world fight to obtain. On the back of his landmark 700th goal for club and country, Ronaldo is still going solid and will once again do for the national team, where his desire has always seared the most.

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UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers: I’m not looking for records, they’re looking for me – Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo lost the number of records he has broken, said the Portuguese striker after scoring the 700th goal of his career in a 2-1 defeat to Ukraine on Monday. Fans have bought their Portugal Euro Cup Tickets and hoping for their favorite players to perform well in the tournament.

The records come naturally, I do not seek them, they seek me, he told the press after having scored his 95th goal for his country.

“This number cannot be reached by anyone and I thank everyone, teammates, colleagues, coaches and everyone who has helped Cristiano to become the player he is.”

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers - I'm not looking for records, they're looking for me
UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers – I’m not looking for records, they’re looking for me

However, Ronaldo said that the loss to Ukraine in qualifying for Euro 2020 had somehow missed the performance.

“It’s a nice moment in my career but there was a bitter taste because we didn’t win,” he said. “We played well, but we didn’t win. We did everything we could and we had plenty of chances.”

Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League with 127 goals, holds the record for most goals in a single season, is Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer, and Portugal’s most capped player and record scorer.

The first five goals of Ronaldo’s career were scored for the Portuguese Sporting in 2002-03.

He then scored 118 goals in 232 appearances in six seasons with Manchester United and, remarkably, averaged one goal per game for Real Madrid, scoring 450 times in 438 appearances in nine seasons.

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers - I'm not looking for records, they're looking for me
I’m not looking for records, they’re looking for me – Ronaldo

In just over a season with his current club, Juventus, he scored 32 more goals in 51 matches.

Despite the defeat, Portugal remained second in Group G with 11 points in six games, one ahead of Serbia, and will qualify for Euro 2020 if they win the remaining home games against Lithuania and Luxembourg.

“We played too much with our hearts and not enough with our heads,” said coach Fernando Santos.

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Ronaldo reached a career by scoring 700 goals of his career in Portugal qualifying for Euro 2020

Cristiano Ronaldo reached a career record on Monday by scoring his 700th career goal in Portugal qualifying for Euro 2020 in Ukraine. The 34-year-old scored a penalty as Portugal lost 2-1.

His 700 goals scored so far in 973 games – and he scored at least once in 458 of those. His goal in the 2-1 defeat against Ukraine was also his 95th goal for Portugal, leaving Iranian Ali Daei in first place in the international standings with 109 goals.

Ukraine’s victory means that it has qualified for Euro 2020. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Portugal Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Ronaldo reached a career by scoring 700 goal
Ronaldo reached a career by scoring 700 goal

Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas scored 746 goals, while former German striker Gerd Muller completed the top 5 with 735 goals. Real Madrid has been the biggest beneficiary of Ronaldo’s goals.

He scored 450 times for the Spanish giants, with 118 of his 700 goals scored early in his career at Manchester United from 2003 to 2009. His 95 goals for Portugal represent more than double the total of all other players to have qualified for the national team.

Andorra, Armenia, Latvia, and Sweden are the countries that have suffered the most from Ronaldo, who scored five goals against each of them.

He has four goals each against Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, but has never scored against France, Germany, Italy, and England.

At club level, Sevilla (27), Atletico Madrid (25), Getafe (23), Celta Vigo (20) and Barcelona (18) are the most marked teams. Ronaldo is no stranger to breaking records. You call him, he probably broke it.

Ronaldo reached a career by scoring 700 goal in Portugal Qualifying
Ronaldo reached a career by scoring 700 goal in Portugal Qualifying

Most of the goals of the Champions League, the most goals of the season in the Champions League, Real Madrid, the highest number of participants in the European Championships.

His showdown with Lionel Messi of Barcelona remains statistically the best player on the European market. Ronaldo’s goal against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League earlier this month led to 605 club goals, two more than Messi in 603.

The two teammates are the best scorers of all time in the five best leagues in Europe on 419. Ronaldo has 422 goals, but his three goals in Portugal for Sporting Lisbon are not among the best.

Ronaldo still needs four goals in the Champions League final to reform Puskas ‘and Alfredo’s seven-goal record, as he is expected to score in the competition next season to tie Ryan Giggs’ net record in 16 seasons consecutive.

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Euro 2020 qualifying positions: How every group is shaping up from England to Italy

Group A

England has mounted a perfect start to qualification by scoring 19 goals in their opening 4 games. England can secure a place at the Euro Cup 2020 with wins over the challenging Czech Republic and a disappointing Bulgaria. The community who love their favourite team can book England Euro Cup Tickets.

Kosovo has been Group A’s surprise package thus far. Kosovo has beaten both the Bulgarians and the Czechs in their last 2 games prior to losing against England. This week’s fixtures could prove vital in lessening who will be joining Gareth Southgate’s men next summer in Euro Cup 2020.

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England can secure a place at the Euro Cup 2020 with wins over the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Fixtures of this group are:

On Friday Montenegro plays with Bulgaria and the Czech Republic plays with England. On Monday Bulgaria plays with England and Kosovo plays with Montenegro

Group B

Despite winning the Nations League, Portugal has been outclassed by Ukraine. Ukraine has created a 5 point gap at the top of the table. Portugal can put themselves back on top if they get success against Luxembourg. The community who love their favourite team can book Portugal Euro Cup Tickets.

If Portugal beats the Ukrainians in their own back yard on Monday they can keep their hopes alive. Serbia is also proving to be challengers for that 2nd place. Serbia could announce themselves as sincere contenders if they can copy their flogging of Lithuania away from home.

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Euro 2020 – Portugal can keep their hopes alive by defeating Ukrainians on Monday

Fixtures of this group are:

On Friday Portugal plays with Luxembourg and Ukraine plays with Lithuania. On Monday Ukraine plays with Portugal and Lithuania plays with Serbia

Group C

Germany has put its World Cup and Nations League sufferings behind them by winning 4 of their 5 Euro qualification games so far. Joachim Low’s youthful side will be looking to rival their 8-0 lashing of Estonia in their only battle this week as dark horses. The community who love their favourite team can book Germany Euro Cup Tickets.

Northern Ireland has matched its inspiring start. However, Michael O’Neil’s side travels to Holland who, with a win can jump them into 2nd place. It is a race of 3 teams in Group C, and it looks likely to go down to the wire. 

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Euro 2020 – Germany has won 4 of their 5 Euro qualification games

Fixtures of this group are:

On Thursday the Netherlands plays with Northern Ireland and Belarus plays with Estonia. On Sunday Belarus plays with Netherlands and Estonia plays with Germany

Group D

Surprisingly, the Republic of Ireland has taken advantage of Switzerland’s slow start to the campaign. The Republic of Ireland will be looking to spread their lead over the group favourites when they meet in Geneve on Tuesday. The community who love their favourite team can book Republic of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets.

2nd place Denmark however, also have a chance of topping the group. Denmark will also be hoping to basin the Swiss at home on Saturday. It shaping up to be a crucial week in Group D. The group still appears to be in Switzerland’s hands and if the Republic of Ireland or Denmark can source an upset.

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Euro 2020 – ROI will be looking to spread their lead over the group favourites Switzerland

It will sustain their chances of getting a place at Euro Cup 2020 for Switzerland. Fixtures of this group are:

On Saturday Georgia plays with the Republic of Ireland and, Denmark plays with Switzerland. On Tuesday Switzerland plays with Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar plays with Georgia.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores 4 goals, Portugal top Euro 2020 qualification

Portugal bagged their second win of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday, beating Lithuania 5-1 on the road thanks to four goals from Cristiano Ronaldo. Sports lovers who want to support their favorite teams can book Portugal Euro Cup Tickets online.

The star of Juventus opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the first half, but the hosts responded with Vytautas Andriuskevicius. Ronaldo added three more goals in the second half to secure the win, and William Carvalho put the final score on the board.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores 4 goals, Portugal top Euro 2020 qualification
Cristiano Ronaldo scores 4 goals, Portugal top Euro 2020 qualification

Portugal had won only one of its first three qualifying matches, far behind Ukraine in the Group B standings before Ronaldo’s master class.

The hosts started well and might have had to take the lead after only three minutes, but Vykintas Slivka could not keep his head on target.

Barely two minutes later, Joao Felix centered a center in the area that was treated and the ball went off the penalty spot. Ronaldo has strengthened his collection of international goals with a new nation victim, a few minutes later, he tried his luck, pulling well over the bar.

The European champions continued to kick, Joao Cancelo nearly forced a goal for himself with a very tight center that was almost returned by a defender. Ronaldo also remained involved and just missed his goal with a shot after 20 minutes.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores 4 goals, Portugal top Euro Cup 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo scores 4 goals, Portugal top Euro Cup 2020

Lithuania produced few chances, but shortly before the half-hour mark, she equalized by Andriuskevicius. A bit of pressure created a corner that the 28-year-old nodded.

Portugal returned to the attack and Cancelo and Felix looked good on goal, with goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus intervening twice.

Felix and Ronaldo teamed up well and gave the Lithuanian defense all sorts of headaches, but the star man of the first period was Cancelo. Despite all his efforts, there would be no major chance before the break.

He picked out Felix early in the second half, but the youngster struggled with his aim, putting the ball wide from close range.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores 4 goals, Portugal top Euro 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo scores 4 goals, Portugal top Euro 2020

Rafa Silva replaced the disappointing Bruno Fernandes and found Felix just minutes later, but once again, the Atletico Madrid man couldn’t find the target.

But just as Portugal started to get a little desperate, Ronaldo struck twice in quick succession. The first was a truly bizarre goal, with Setkus saving his shot, only to have the ball bounce off his own head and into the goal.

Minutes later, Ronaldo doubled the lead, steering home a superb cross from Bernardo Silva.

The second goal broke Lithuania’s resolve completely, and Silva took over. He beautifully set up Ronaldo for his fourth of the night after 76 minutes.

Predictably, the match lost all momentum late on, and Ronaldo was given a deserved rest. There was still time for one more goal, however, with Carvalho finishing off a set-piece routine.

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Euro 2020 – Ronaldo drops hints of ending career next year

Cristiano Ronaldo has dropped hints that he could end his illustrious career as early as next year. Fans have bought their Portugal Euro Cup Tickets and hoping for their favorite players to perform well in the tournament.

Euro 2020 – Ronaldo drops hints of ending career next year

The Portugal football superstar, who plies his trade for Italian Serie A champions Juventus, is 34 years old now. “I don’t think about that,” Ronaldo told TVI as reported by Goal when asked about his retirement plans.

“Maybe I can finish my career next year but I can also play up to 40 or 41,” said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

I don’t know. What I always say is to enjoy the moment. The gift is excellent and I have to continue to enjoy it. Ronaldo, who has shattered almost every record in the game, said there aren’t many footballers who have more milestones to their name than him.

“Are there any football players who have more records than me?” he asked. “I don’t think there are any footballers who have more records than me.”

Euro 2020 – Ronaldo drops hints of ending career next year

Ronaldo helped Juventus win the Serie A last season by scoring 28 goals in 43 games in all competitions. The forward has a record five Champions League titles four with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United to his name along with three Premier League crowns, two La Liga trophies, and a Serie A title.

Ronaldo also told Portuguese television on Tuesday that 2018 was the most difficult year on a personal level. Ronaldo had to deal with rape allegations last year after former model Kathryn Mayorga filed a complaint in September alleging she was sexually assaulted by the footballer in 2009 in a Las Vegas hotel room.

Euro 2020 – Ronaldo drops hints of ending career next year

The case was dismissed in a Nevada court in June, though the filing did not say if Ronaldo had agreed on a settlement. He denies the accusation, although he has reportedly acknowledged that he paid Mayorga in an earlier settlement. When people question your honor, it hurts, he said.

It hurts a lot mainly because I have a big family, a wife and an intelligent child who understands a lot of things.

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Portugal, England and France post wins at Euro 2020 qualifiers

England and Portugal both scored five goals while France scored three as they overcame lowly-ranked Kosovo, Andorra, and Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying. Fans are excited to get their Portugal Euro Cup Tickets to see live performances of their favorite team and players.

Captain Ronaldo, making his 160th international appearance, scored four as Portugal won 5-1 in Vilnius and strengthened their position in Group B after a sluggish start.

Portugal, England and France post wins at Euro qualifier
Portugal, England and France post wins at Euro qualifier

For Ronaldo, it was the second hat-trick in three internationals. The victory over Lithuania, 130th in the world rankings, kept brought Portugal five points behind Ukraine at the top of Group B.

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 coach.

“We kept the pace after the win at Serbia, otherwise this triumph would make no sense, and we are closer.”

Ronaldo’s first goal was a penalty. The second, with the scores level after an hour, was a scuffed low shot from outside the penalty area which took a couple of stranges bounces off the artificial turf before it was parried into the air by the diving Ernestas Setkus.

Portugal, England and France post wins at Euro qualifiers

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 champions at the end. Serbia beat Luxembourg 3-1, as Aleksandar Mitrovic netted twice, to solidify their grasp on third place. They are a point behind Portugal.

In Southampton, Gareth Southgate’s England side trailed early on to Kosovo, ranked 120th in the world, when Valon Berisha scored after 34 seconds. England replied with a first-half goal binge that ended with Jadon Sancho scoring twice to make it 5-1 at the break.

The visitors claimed two back in the second half, including a second for Lazio midfielder Berisha, but the 5-3 victory put England three points clear in Group A, ahead of the second-placed Czech Republic, who beat Montenegro 3-0.

“A bizarre game,” said Southgate. “The outstanding parts of our play were obvious. The errors were obvious.”

Portugal, England and France post wins at Euro 2020 qualifiers
Portugal, England and France post wins at Euro 2020 qualifiers

In Paris, the world champions made light work of beating 136-ranked Andorra 3-0. It was Les Bleus’ 100th match 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.

“It has been a very good week. It has gone well personally and collectively,” Coman told television station TF1.

Cenk Tosun scored twice as the Turks beat Moldova with ease in a 4-0 victory in Chisinau. But Iceland, who had been level with the top two, suffered a blow as they lost 4-2 in Albania. That result meant Iceland dropped three points behind. It also changed the tiebreak, allowing Turkey to take first place from France.

England 4-0 Bulgaria | Kane Hat-trick Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Meanwhile, Edinburgh flanker Jamie Ritchie will belatedly join Scotland’s World Cup squad in Japan after recovering from a facial injury. The 23-year-old stayed behind when his team-mates flew to the Far East on Monday after sustaining a deep wound to his face during last Friday’s 36-9 final warm-up win over Georgia at Murrayfield.

Ritchie underwent further specialist assessment but the Scottish Rugby Union says he is fit enough to travel and will join the rest of the squad at their training camp in Nagasaki on Thursday. Magnus Bradbury, who was called up as a temporary replacement, will remain with the squad in Japan as precautionary injury cover.

Scotland opens their World Cup campaign against Ireland on September 22, with Japan, Samoa, and Russia their other Pool An opponent’s.

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