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Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks European Championship Qualifying Goal Record

Ronaldo Lithuania Cristiano Ronaldo scores four in Portugal win over Lithuania
Cary Erickson | 11 September, 2019, 14:40

The Juventus star is now on global duty with Portugal, who he helped on Tuesday, September 10, cruise to a 5-1 victory against Lithuania in their Euro 2020 qualifier.

But within seven minutes Ronaldo had his first of the night from the penalty spot before adding three further goals to take his overall global tally to 93.

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

"I'm having a good time, but the team was doing very well too", Ronaldo told reporters.

The victory saw Portugal cement second place in Group B of the Euro 2022 qualifiers, with eight points from four games. Third-place Serbia, which won 3-1 at Luxembourg, has seven points.

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"I am happy and enjoying this moment, not because I scored the goals, but because of the level we have been able to demonstrate in recent years".

However, they still sit five points behind leaders Ukraine, who have one game in hand.

The hosts equalized with a header by Vytautas Andriuskevicius from a corner kick in the 28th, with the ball hitting the post before going in.

Ronaldo deflected in a cross by Bernardo Silva three minutes later, then added his fourth with a well-placed shot from inside the area in the 76th before being substituted and applauded by most of the local crowd. "We are getting closer to our goal".

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star scored his 21st European qualifier goal for Portugal against Serbia last weekend. The Fulham striker headed the visitors in front after 36 minutes and Nemanja Radonjic curled in the second 10 minutes after the restart.