Rampant Ronaldo inspires Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo put Portugal ahead of Andorra early with two goals in the first four minutes.

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’s diving header equalises for France against Bulgaria, 1-1.

Five-star France defeated Bulgaria 4-1 in Group A action at the Stade de France.

Kevin Gameiro scored a brace, while Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann added goals in a comfortable romp for the Euro 2016 runners-up.

Les Bleus surprisingly fell behind in the sixth minute thanks to a Mihail Aleksandrov penalty. However, a 15-minute flurry of goals from from Gameiro, Payet and Griezmann put the game away as a contest.

Gameiro then added his second just before the hour mark to complete the lopsided scoreline for Didier Deschamps’ team.

Also in Group A, Netherlands ran out 4-1 winners over Belarus in Rotterdam.

A Quincy Promes double gave the hosts a 2-0 lead at the break. Aleksey Rios pulled a goal back for Belarus two minutes into the second half, but the Netherlands hit back soon after.

Davy Klaassen answered back in the 55th minute with a well-placed shot from outside of the box after an assist from Promes.

And Vincent Janssen wrapped up the points nine minutes later — his shot from outside the box sensationally finding the top right corner of Belarus goalkeeper Andrey Gorbunov’s net.

Mikael Lustig’s 58th-minute strike sent Sweden past Luxembourg 1-0 in the final Group A match on the night, the Celtic defender firing home from the center of the box after a corner.

The win placed the Swedes on four points in the group, level at the top with France, Netherlands and Bulgaria after two rounds of matches.

In Group H, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku scored as Belgium earned a second-straight win by beating Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0.

The hosts were gifted the lead on 26 minutes thanks to an own goal from Emir Spahic, who unwisely stuck out a foot to put a deflected cross into his own net.

But three minutes later Eden Hazard delivered a worthy second goal, running onto a Dries Mertens through ball and past a helpless Asmir Begovic, his teammate from Chelsea.

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.

Kostas Mitroglou opened the scoring on 12 minutes, lashing home a pass from Konstantinos Fortounis’ pass.

It got worse for Cyprus before the break when goalkeeper Konstantinos Panagiotoudis attempted to roll the ball out to a teammate, only for Petros Mantalos to intercept it and double Greece’s lead.

Estonia scored all their goals of a 4-0 win in the second half to crush Gibraltar‘s hopes of a first-ever point in World Cup qualifying.

After a quiet first half, Mattias Kaeit broke the deadlock two minutes after the break, and after Konstantin Vassiljev added a second five minutes later, Kaeit netted his second of the night and Sergei Mosnikov wrapped up the scoring late on.

Also in Portugal’s Group B, Switzerland‘s Valentin Stocker scored in the 89th minute to steal a 3-2 win at Hungary.

After a goalless first half, Haris Seferovic found the breakthough for the Swiss, but Adam Szalai tapped in a rebound off the post to make it 1-1.

Ricardo Rodriguez restored Switzerland’s lead on 67 minutes, but Szalai answered again with a header from close-range to secure a share of the points.

But with one minute to play Stocker poked the ball home following a long throw-in and two flicked-on headed passes for the winner.

The Faroe Islands are surprisingly in second place in Group B after managing a 2-0 win at Latvia.

Sonni Nattestad put the Faroes ahead on 19 minutes before Joan Simun Edmundsson doubled the lead in the 70th.

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