Portugal cruise with Cristiano Ronaldo brace
Portugal 3-0 Latvia

Portugal cruise with Cristiano Ronaldo brace

Cristiano Ronaldo provided two goals and an assist to lead Portugal to a 3-0 win over Latvia in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.

Ronaldo was twice denied by Latvia keeper Andris Vanins in the first half, and after persistent fouling did not hide his frustration from the referee.

But he found the breakthrough with four minutes until half-time after Jose Fonte's shot struck the inside of the post and caromed across the goal for Ronaldo to head in from a yard out.

Ronaldo's second came from even closer to the goal line in the 63rd minute as Ricardo Quaresma's cross took a deflection and the Real Madrid star rose highest to nod the ball home.

Four minutes later, Ronaldo could have tried for a hat trick but unselfishly played the ball across for Andre Silva to score instead. Silva had started the play by dispossessing defender Kaspars Gorkss, and though the ball was quickly played in to Ronaldo, he spotted his teammate entering the box and supplied the assist.

Ronaldo leads all of UEFA World Cup qualifying with 11 goals, three ahead of Poland's Robert Lewandowski.

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