Ronaldo on target in seven-goal Portugal romp

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring against Estonia during their friendly soccer match at Benfica stadium in Lisbon, Wednesday, June 8 2016. Portugal will play in the Euro2016 in Group stage against Austria, Hungary and Iceland in Group F. (AP Photo/Steven Governo)

Lisbon: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal warmed-up for Euro 2016 with a 7-0 mauling of Estonia at Lisbon’s Stadium of Light on Wednesday.

The Real Madrid star hit the target twice in nine minutes late in the first half.

“Today we showed that the team is doing well on all levels. We scored seven goals but that doesn’t mean so much. We have to keep our feet on the ground,” Ronaldo said after the game.

“It’s a difficult competition to win and we’ll take it match by match.”

Ricardo Quaresma who started alongside Ronaldo also scored twice to add to a recent gem against Norway, with an own goal, and strikes from Danilo and Eder completing the rout.

Portugal beat Norway 3-0 in a first warm up game but were then beaten 1-0 by England on Thursday, albeit without Ronaldo and Pepe.

Ronaldo has already distinguished himself as his country’s leading goalscorer of all time. Yet, he has yet to leave his mark on a major international tournament.

At 31 and with and a soft draw which sees Portugal face Austria, Hungary and tournament debutants Iceland in Group F, Ronaldo is unlikely to get a better chance to shine on the international stage.


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