Ronaldo Scores Four as Portugal Crush Lithuania 5-1
VILNIUS (Dispatches) -- Cristiano Ronaldo's four goals have helped Euro 2016 champions Portugal crush Lithuania 5-1 in Euro 2020 qualifying Group B.
Ronaldo opened his account in the seventh minute with a penalty after Joao Felix had been fouled, though Vytautas Andriuskevicius leveled things up for the hosts in the 28th minute.
Portugal raised their game in the second half, with 34-year-old Ronaldo bagging three more goals with Bernardo Silva laying on two assists. Midfielder William Carvalho's close range shot completed the 5-1 rout in stoppage time.
It was Portugal's second consecutive qualifying victory after they had beaten Serbia 4-2 on Saturday. Those wins have vaulted them to second place in the Group B standings, five points behind leaders Ukraine with one game in hand.
Portugal's next match is at home to Luxembourg on October 11.
*****Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Portugal competes during the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying round Group B soccer match between Lithuania and Portugal in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sept. 10, 2019.