Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks Another European Record

Lithuania 1-5 Portugal

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo took his global goals tally to 93 when he scored four times to give the European champions a 5-1 win away to Lithuania in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday.

It was an eighth worldwide hat-trick for 34-year-old Ronaldo, who also scored four against Andorra in 2016.

He has now scored 93 worldwide goals overall, with 25 of them coming during qualifiers for Uefa European Championships - more than any other player in history.

The victory saw Portugal cement second place in Group B of the Euro 2022 qualifiers, with eight points from four games.


Portugal cast itself a Euro 2020 qualifying safety net thanks to a deep run in the Nations League last spring. Ronaldo converted a penalty for his opener in the seventh minute, but Lithuania's Vytautas Andriuškevičius knotted the score at 1-1 in the 28th minute. The one in the 61st minute, which snapped a 1-1 draw, was a gift from Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus, who went to ground to stop a relatively routine long-range shot from Ronaldo, only to have it bounce of him and into the goal.

William Carvalho finished off the scoring in stoppage time, helping Portugal wrap up a flawless global window with the win.

Portugal host Luxembourg and visit group leaders Ukraine next month.

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