Cristiano Ronaldo Crushed Andorra


Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the opening four minutes on the way to a four-goal haul as European champions Portugal smashed Andorra 6-0 in World Cup qualifying on Friday,.



The 31-year-old took just 73 seconds to make his mark. He was wrestled to the floor at a corner but then jumped up to volley in left footed from around the penalty spot after the Andorra goalkeeper could only parry a Portugal header.

Ronaldo, who has struggled to get back to his brilliant best for Real since returning from his knee trouble, was at it again two minutes later when he was left totally unmarked on the six-yard box to rise and head in.

It was only a matter of how many for the home side after that, as Portugal belatedly got three points on the board in Group B, after losing in Switzerland in the opening group matches.

Andorra's nightmare evening got that bit worse just after the hour when they went down to 10 men, Jordi Rubio receiving a second yellow card for clattering late and hard into Ronaldo, who punished the away side soon after with another fine half-volley for 5-0.

Cynical and increasingly desperate Andorra saw red again, when Marc Rebes was the next to get sent off, again for cutting down the man of the moment Ronaldo.

Andre Silva sealed the punishment four minutes from time.

"We know that Switzerland and the Faroes won tonight and it will be necessary for us to beat them during qualification," said Ronaldo who now has 65 international goals.

"We knew that the first goal would be really important against a team which puts 11 players behind the ball," Ronaldo said."I know I am important, as are all the other players.

 I have always given everything for the national team, I feel useful and I'm happy to be back after that injury in the European Championship.

"There are eight games to go and we want to win all eight to go to the World Cup." he added.


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