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Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo was superb for Portugal

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo bagged his 58th career hat-trick as Portugal thrashed Luxembourg 5-0 in their World Cup qualifying encounter.

It was the 36-year-old’s tenth treble for his country and left Fernando Santos’ charges sitting in second position in Group A, a point behind Serbia, who they host in their final game.

Ronaldo got his first of the night after just eight minutes when he blasted a penalty straight down the middle of the goal and got his second soon after.

After Bernardo Silva’s mazy run won the first spot-kick, it was Ronaldo’s that earned the second, and he made no mistake from 18 yards, finding the bottom corner of the net after being forced to retake the effort due to encroachment.

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His hat-trick was complete three minutes from time after nodding home a delightful Ruben Neves cross from close range, wrapping up a satisfying night’s work for Portugal.

As a result of his impressive exploits at the Estadio Algarve, Ronaldo was awarded a match rating of 9 out of 10 by SofaScore, the highest total awarded to any player on the pitch.

During the 90 minutes, the United monster had a whopping five shots on target, provided two key passes to his teammates and achieved a passing accuracy of 92%.

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Ronaldo also created one big chance, lost possession just five times and won four duels, highlighting his overall influence over proceedings.

With the Red Devils currently winless in their last two Premier League outings and facing a tricky trip to Leicester City over the weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping his star performer is in similar form on Saturday.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has bagged five goals in his six outings for the Old Trafford side in the opening weeks of the campaign, and he’ll be hoping to add to that against the Foxes.

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