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Ronaldo hits four for Portugal in 5-1 rout of Lithuania

Wednesday, 2019-09-11 07:35:52
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Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group B - Lithuania v Portugal - LFF Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania - September 10, 2019 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates. (Photo: Reuters)
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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo took his international tally to 93 goals when he scored four times to give the European champions a 5-1 win away to Lithuania in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday.

Playing in his 161st international, the 34-year-old notched his eighth hat-trick for his country and the 54th of his remarkable career to help Portugal through what had threatened to turn into a frustrating evening.

* Brian Barnes, a larger than life character who once beat Jack Nicklaus twice on the same day in the Ryder Cup, died on Monday aged 74, the European Tour announced.

* England's march towards the Euro 2020 finals continued but not quite in the manner they might have expected as they beat a brave and enterprising Kosovo side 5-3 in an extraordinary Group A qualifier on Tuesday. Valon Berisha gave 120th-ranked Kosovo the lead after 35 seconds but England hit back seven minutes later through Raheem Sterling's header and the rampant hosts led 5-1 at the interval with a brace for teenager Jadon Sancho.

* Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel claimed victory on the fourth stage of the Tour of Britain with an audacious attack 300 metres from the line in Kendal on Tuesday. After a challenging day in the Pennines and Lake District featuring three categorised climbs the Correndon-Circus rider sprinted clear of a reduced peloton to take the stage win, making up for his near miss on Monday.

* Bosnia coach Robert Prosinecki has rescinded his resignation after the Balkan nation's football association asked him to stay in charge of the team, the governing body said on Tuesday.

* Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Lo Celso has suffered a hip injury that will sideline the Argentine for nearly two months, the Premier League club said on Tuesday. Lo Celso, signed on loan by Spurs on deadline day from Spanish side Real Betis, was injured while on international duty during last week's 0-0 draw with Chile where he was substituted early in the second half.

* Former British Davis Cup player Richard Lewis said on Tuesday he will step down as chief executive of the All England Club at Wimbledon after next year's Championships.

* World number one Ash Barty has become the first player to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen, the WTA Tour has said. The 23-year-old, who won her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open this year, will be making her singles debut in the Oct 27 - Nov 3 Finals, which offer US$14 million in prize money.

* Premier League champions Manchester City are the first team to have spent more than 1 billion euros to assemble their squad, a study has shown. Data from the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory showed that City have spent 1.014 billion euros on their current squad. French champions Paris St-Germain were second having spent 913 million euros and Spain's Real Madrid were third with 902 million euros.

* Albania's national football team won 4-2 against Iceland in the sixth round of Euro 2020 qualifiers in Elbasan Arena stadium on Tuesday.

* Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez remain doubts for FC Barcelona's next La Liga game after once again missing team training on Tuesday. Messi has not played for Barca since suffering a calf injury while in pre-season at the start of August, missing most of his side's warm-up matches, as well as their three La Liga matches to date.

Reuters, Xinhua