We’re still struggling to get our heads around Cristiano Ronaldo only scoring one of Portugal’s six goals last night.
The Real Madrid star, typically so dominant on the scoresheet, was, for once, not the star of the show as Portugal destroyed the Faroe Islands in their World Cup qualifier.
That honour was left to Andre Silva, who scored a first-half hat-trick to take the European champions’ tally to 12 goals in their past two games.
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Ronaldo was making his first international appearance since the Euro 2016 final, in which he was subbed off after 25 minutes after picking up an early injury.
Just like Lionel Messi scoring for Argentina in his first game back following his brief retirement, Ronaldo got on the scoresheet on his comeback with a vicious left-footed strike in the second half.
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It was a stroll for Fernando Santos’ team, who padded the scoreline with late goals from Joao Moutinho and Joao Cancelo.
It was such a relaxing mood for Ronaldo that he even posed for a selfie with a pitch invader.
And when he wasn’t scoring or posing with fans, the three-time Ballon d’Or winner was showing just why EA Sports gave him five star skill moves in FIFA 17.
With Portugal already two goals ahead, Ronaldo toyed with a Faroe Islands defender with a fake rabona followed immediately by a step over. The 31-year-old then sent the ball into the box but Portugal were penalised for a foul.
Hopefully Pepe doesn’t get any ideas. The last time the Portugal defender tried to copy Ronaldo’s skills, it didn’t get too well.
Portugal’s win lifted them to second in Group B as they look to reach Russia. Their qualifying campaign didn’t get off to a great start, with a 2-0 defeat in Switzerland, but back-to-back wins have put the Selecao back in contention.
Santos is keen to ensure his team doesn’t drop any more points for the rest of the campaign.
“We've not won more than three points [against the Faroe Islands]," he said, per ESPN FC. "We have to depend only on ourselves.
"The margin for error is not big. We have to win our remaining games.
"Other teams will not lose many points. If we do not [lose] then I believe that we will finish first."
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