Video: Cristiano Ronaldo's very unlucky penalty miss for Portugal

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Cristiano Ronaldo had an up and down night on international duty on Sunday evening.

The Real Madrid star and national team captain scored two goals in his side's 4-1 win over Latvia. However, for a few minutes at least, it looked like an uncharacteristic blunder could cost the Euro 2016 champions.

That after Ronaldo, fresh off the back of converting a penalty to put his side in the lead in the first half, missed a second chance from the spot. Rather than a glaring miss, however, Ronaldo can count himself very unlucky that the ball stayed out.

Ronaldo actually ended the night with two more goals to his name in a World Cup qualifying campaign that had already included five strikers from the Los Blancos star.

His first goal came in the 28th minute and gave Portugal the lead. Stepping up after Nani had been brought down in the box, Ronaldo smashed home the ball past Latvia's Andris Vanins.

And, with his team having survived a scare after Arturs Zjuzins had equalised for Latvia in the 68th minute, Ronaldo made sure of his nation's victory with a smartly taken volley that put Portugal 3-1 in front with just five minutes remaining.

However, had the Real Madrid star been a bit more fortunate in the early stages of the second half, Portugal would have had a two-goal cushion long before the final few minutes.

Instead, though, Ronaldo saw his second penalty of the game not only bounce off the post, but the ball then ran across the goal line and ricochet off the unsuspecting Latvia 'keeper before, ultimately, clearing the danger zone.

If anything, the ability to hit the post and the goalkeeper and the ball still not to end up in the back of the net is actually more impressive than Ronaldo converting the penalty.

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