Portugal 5-1 Faroe Island (Soccer Highlight: 2017 World Cup Qualifiers)
Cristiano Ronaldo hit a sublime hat-trick as European champions Portugal cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifying on Thursday.
The Real Madrid forward netted his 12th, 13th and 14th goals of the campaign – in just his sixth appearance – with the first a stunning scissor-kick early on that set the tone.
Ronaldo could have been excused for showing signs of rustiness having not featured at club level since receiving a five-match ban for a push on an official in the first leg of Madrid’s Supercopa de Espana victory over Barcelona, but he was at his scintillating best in Porto to punish the Faroe Islands.
He followed up his spectacular opener with a second from the penalty spot and, although Rogvi Baldvinsson hit back for the visitors before the break, Ronaldo then created a goal for William Carvalho before completing his hat-trick with a strike that reached two major milestones.
Ronaldo’s 14th of the current group stage matches the record held by Predrag Mijatovic’s from qualifying for the 1998 tournament, while a 77th international goal betters the tally of Brazil great Pele.
Nelson Oliveira added the fifth late on and Portugal have now won six consecutive Group B games since losing their opening fixture to pool leaders Switzerland, who they still trail by three points ahead of a trip to Hungary on Sunday