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Ronaldo scores four as Portugal flatten nine-man Andorra

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Football Soccer - Portugal v Andorra - World Cup 2018 Qualifier - Aveiro stadium, Aveiro, Portugal - 07/10/16. Portugal's Jose Fontes in action against Andorra's Marcio Vieira. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
Football Soccer - Portugal v Andorra - World Cup 2018 Qualifier - Aveiro stadium, Aveiro, Portugal - 07/10/16. Portugal's Jose Fontes in action against Andorra's Marcio Vieira. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

AVEIRO, Portugal (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals, including two in the first five minutes, to lead European champions Portugal to a 6-0 win over nine-man Andorra in their World Cup qualifier on Friday.

It was the Portugal captain's fourth hat-trick for his country and the first time he has scored four in a match, taking his tally to 65 goals in 134 internationals.

The win got Portugal off the mark in Group B after a shock 2-0 defeat to Switzerland in their opening game last month when Ronaldo was missing through injury.

Andorra's Jordi Rubio was dismissed in the 62nd minute and Marc Rebes followed nine minutes later, both for fouls on Ronaldo.

Ronaldo opened his account after 73 seconds, driving the ball home after Andorra failed to clear a corner, and headed home Ricardo Quaresma's cross in the fourth minute.

Jose Fonte was brilliantly denied by Andorra goalkeeper Josep Gomes, Andre Silva hit the bar and Ronaldo was close with another header before Joao Cancelo added Portugal's third in the 44th minute.

Ronaldo completed his hat-trick two minutes after the re-start when he volleyed in Andre Gomes' cross and scored his fourth in the 68th minute after Fonte headed Quaresma's cross into his path.

Andre Silva added the sixth with a deflected shot.

(Writing by Brian Homewood; editing by Martyn Herman)


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