Cristiano Ronaldo scored four times, including two inside the opening four minutes as Portugal crushed Andorra 6-0 in a World Cup qual...
Cristiano Ronaldo scored four times, including two inside the opening four minutes as Portugal crushed Andorra 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.
The Real Madrid star thought he had been hauled down during a corner about 70 seconds into the match, but when no whistle came he got up just in time to fire a rebound into the corner of the net.
And two minutes later Ronaldo was on target again with a simple header from a Ricardo Quaresma cross.
Portugal had plenty of more opportunities to score in the first half -- Andre Silva hit the bar with a header and keeper Josep Gomes denied Jose Fonte from close range -- before Joao Cancelo made it 3-0 with a shot from the tightest of angles.
Ronaldo began the second half just as he did the first, completing his hat trick two minutes after the restart with a powerful volley from the centre of the box.
After Andorra's Jordi Rubio then picked up two yellow cards in a 10-minute span, Ronaldo found his fourth goal, firing in a half-volley from six yards out.
Andorra's Marc Rebes was then sent off for a tackle on Ronaldo, and Andre Silva completed the rout against the nine men with a final goal in the 86th minute.
Kevin Gameiro scored twice as five-star France defeated Bulgaria 4-1 in Group A action at the Stade de France.
Quincy Promes scored his first two international goals as Netherlands overpowered Belarus 4-1i n Rotterdam.
Sergei Kornilenko pulled a goal back for Belarus, but Davy Klaassen soon pounced to extend the Dutch lead and Janssen wrapped up the points nine minutes later
In Group H, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku scored as Belgium earned a second-straight win by beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0.
Toby Alderweireld added Belgium's third in the second half with a back-heeled flick following a corner, and Lukaku made up for a horrible miss earlier in the game with a fine strike to cap the scoring.
Greece kept pace with Belgium atop Group H with a 2-0 home win over Cyprus.
France 4 - 1 Bulgaria
Luxembourg 0 - 1 Sweden
Netherlands 4 - 1 Belarus
Hungary 2 - 3 Switzerland
Latvia 0 - 2 Faroe Islands
Portugal 6 - 0 Andorra
Belgium 4 - 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Estonia 4 - 0 Gibraltar
Greece 2 - 0 Cyprus