Euro 2016 qualifier: Armenia 2-3 Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo scores three goals

Euro 2016 qualifier: Armenia 2-3 Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo scores three goals

The Real Madrid star was deployed in a forward role and provided the firepower to help his side claim a crucial Euro 2016 qualifying win over Armenia on Saturday

Playing as Portugal’s central striker, the onus was on skipper Cristiano Ronaldo to maintain his side’s charge to Euro 2016 qualification – and he did not disappoint. Rafael Benitez is expected to deploy the Real Madrid superstar in a more advanced No.9 role next season and, if his display against Armenia on Saturday is anything to go by, such a tweak in tactics is to going to pay immediate dividends.

Feeding on Armenia’s defensive errors, as well as some moments of individual magic, Ronaldo struck a hat-trick to move Fernando Santos’s side onto 12 points in Group I and a step closer to automatic qualification. All three of the former Manchester United star’s shots on target hit the back of the net, while one of his 54 touches was simply sublime, as he expertly plucked the ball out of the air with his left foot before moving forward and smashing an unstoppable shot into the top corner.



Source : PTI

Related Post

Europa League Semi-Finals: Manchester United vs Celta Vigo, Ajax vs Lyon
views 31
Manchester United will face the Spanish side Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the Europa League over two legs and Ajax take on Lyon, after the draw on...
Vettel beats Hamilton to win Bahrain Grand Prix
views 11
Sebastian Vettel has taken his second win in three races in the 2017 season after Ferrari bettered Mercedes on strategy at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Va...
Messi injured again?
views 50
Barcelona have revealed Lionel Messi missed training on Thursday for unspecified "personal reasons". Messi played the full 90 minutes of his side's Ch...
Blatter resigns as Fifa president
views 61
The 79-year-old, who has held the post for 17 years, has stepped down in light of the corruption scandal which has blighted the world governing body. ...
Ronaldo scores 54th Real goal of season
views 64
Juventus will travel to Real Madrid with a one-goal lead in their Champions League semi-final second leg after securing a deserved home victory. ...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK