UEFA WCQ roundup: Ronaldo scores 4 — just like France, Belgium, Holland
Recapping all of Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifying action around Europe…
France 4-1 Bulgaria
France made it two wins in two qualifiers with a 4-1 demolition of Belarus at the Stade de France on Friday. Kevin Gameiro, in just his 10th appearance for his country, at the age of 29, scored twice to bookend goals scored by Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann. After two games played, Les Bleus sit second in Group A, behind the Netherlands on goal differential.
Netherlands 4-1 Belarus
Quincy Promes bagged a first-half brace as the Dutch routed Belarus and kept a slight distance between themselves and the blistering French. The Spartak Moscow winger’s first two international goals were supplemented by strikes from Davy Klaassen and Vincent Janssen. The latter, Spurs’ acting deputy to Harry Kane, completed the scoring with this scorcher on the end of a long run through midfield.
Portugal 6-0 Andorra
More like An-four-a, am I right? Get it? Because Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals against Andorra (WATCH HERE). Get it? When you’re Ronaldo, it’s not every day you achieve something you’ve never done in your career, but Friday marked the first four-goal game of the Portuguese superstar’s career, and his fourth hat trick. After losing to Switzerland on the opening day of qualifying, Portugal are up to third with eight games to go.
Belgium 4-0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Eden Hazard, Toby Aldeweireld and Romelu Lukaku scored for Belgium (Emir Sphaic provided the opener, an own goal), as Roberto Martinez maintained his perfect record (2-for-2) in competitive games as manager of the Red Devils. The victory puts Belgium top of Group H, ahead of Greece on goal differential, with lowly Gibraltar up next on Monday.
Elsewhere in UEFA WCQ
Luxembourg 0-1 Sweden
Hungary 2-3 Switzerland
Latvia 0-2 Faroe Islands
Greece 2-0 Cyprus
Estonia 4-0 Gibraltar
Saturday’s UEFA WCQ schedule
Azerbaijan vs. Norway — 12 p.m. ET
Germany vs. Czech Republic — 2:45 p.m. ET
Northern Ireland vs. San Marino — 2:45 p.m. ET
Armenia vs. Romania — 12 p.m. ET
Montenegro vs. Kazakstan — 12 p.m. ET
Poland vs. Denmark — 2:45 p.m. ET
England vs. Malta — 12 p.m. ET
Scotland vs. Lithuania — 2:45 p.m. ET
Solvenia vs. Slovakia — 2:45 p.m. ET