As he extended a record, Ronaldo claimed another – becoming the first man to score 10 hat-tricks in international football.
His three goals took his 36-year career total to 58 hat-tricks for club and country, and as has been the case for many of them, it was helped by penalties along the way.
Ronaldo opened the scoring from the spot after just seven minutes – the penalty was slipped straight down the middle after fouling Bernardo Silva.
The Manchester United forward was lined up for his second penalty of the match minutes later, dusting himself after being brought down by Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Morris.
The referee ordered Ronaldo to retake his second successful penalty for trespassing, but he comfortably extended Portugal’s lead to two on his second attempt.
Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes added a third goal just before the 18-minute mark as Portugal threatened to run a cricketing score, but Luxembourg held firm to keep the gap at three until Joo Palinha. In the middle of the second half, he did not move from one corner to the house.
With four minutes of regulation time left, the original producer took the move back for himself – celebrating in his customary style after the completion of his hat-trick via a close-range header.
The victory put Portugal one point behind Group A leaders Serbia with a game in hand. Both sides hold an unassailable lead over the rest of the group, and face each other in their final qualifying match.
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