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Portugal beat Luxembourg 3-2 to claim their hat-trick. Ronaldo scores a treble as Portugal secure stalemate

Portugal beat Luxembourg 3-2 to claim their hat-trick. Ronaldo scores a treble as Portugal secure stalemate

Cristiano Ronaldo's 58th career hat-trick helped Portugal to a 5-0 home win over Luxembourg in Group A of World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

Ronaldo now has 115 international goals from 182 caps, making him the most prolific goalscorer in the world. The treble, which saw him become the first man to score 10 international hat-tricks, moves his tally to 113 international assists from 188 caps as he continues to climb up as the top men's international goal scorer of all-time.

Portugal remain a point behind leaders Serbia, who moved to 17 points with 2-1 home victory over Azerbaijan, with an opponent in hand and superior goal difference, following Portugal's victory.

Portugal had the game almost won in the first 18 minutes.

Bruno Fernandes' Manchester United teammate Ronaldo doubled his lead from the penalty spot after Bernardo Silva's excellent work.

Anthony Moris' acrobatic overhead kick prevented the forward from grabbing two superb chances on either side of the break as he sought for another, before denying him soaring hat-trick with.

Portugal's fourth came just 20 minutes after Joao Palhinha scored from the corner.

Ronaldo was not to be denied as the hosts kept on moving, scoring a header from close range three minutes from time.

Next month, Fernando Santos' Portugal side will visit Ireland before hosting Serbia in what could be a winner-takes-all contest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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