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Ronaldo scores three, closes in on 100 goals as Portugal hit six

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Ronaldo scores three, closes in on 100 goals as Portugal hit six
Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group B - Portugal v Lithuania - Estadio Algarve, Faro, Portugal - November 14, 2019 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Pedro Nunes   -   Copyright  PEDRO NUNES(Reuters)

FARO, Portugal (Reuters) – Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo scored another hat-trick, moving closer to 100 international goals, as he led the European champions to a 6-0 drubbing over Lithuania in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday.

Ronaldo, whose hat-trick was the 55th of his career and his ninth for Portugal, has 98 goals and would become only the second player to score a century for his country after Iran’s Ali Daei.

Pizzi, Goncalo Paciencia and Bernardo Silva shared the other goals in the one-sided Group B match.

The defending champions, however, were left waiting to confirm their place at next year’s finals after Serbia beat Luxemburg 3-2. Portugal are second with 14 points, one ahead of Serbia, and will qualify if they win in Luxemburg on Sunday. Leaders Ukraine have already qualified.

(Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar)