European Championship Qualifying - Group I
Armenia2Portugal3

Armenia 2-3 Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third successive hat-trick as Portugal defeated Armenia in Yerevan

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for the third game in a row as Portugal came from behind to beat Armenia in Euro 2016 qualifying Group I.

It extended Ronaldo's record European Championship goals tally to 26.

The 30-year-old equalised with a penalty in Yerevan after Armenia had taken a surprise lead.

He then scored twice in three minutes after half-time, his last goal a superb 25-yard shot into the top corner to seal all three points.

Cristiano Ronaldo's nine 2014-15 hat-tricks
20 Sept: Deportivo (a)6 Dec: Celta Vigo (h)17 May: Espanyol (a)
23 Sept: Elche (h) - four goals5 April: Granada (h) - five goals23 May: Getafe (h)
5 Oct: Athletic Bilbao (h)2 May: Seville (a)13 June: Armenia (a)

It was Ronaldo's ninth hat-trick of the season and followed trebles for Real Madrid against Espanyol and Getafe in the last two games of the Spanish league campaign.

He has scored a total of 66 goals in all competitions for club and country this season.

The victory moved Portugal five points clear of their nearest challengers Denmark and Albania at the top of their group.

Quick treble

Ronaldo might have hit the headlines with another treble but it was by no means the only hat-trick of the day in Euro 2016 qualifying - or the quickest.

Poland forward Robert Lewandowski
Poland forward Robert Lewandowski scored the second fastest hat-trick ever in European Championship qualifying

That honour belonged to Robert Lewandowski who struck the second fastest hat-trick ever in European Championship qualifying inside four minutes as Poland overcame Georgia 4-0.

The 26-year-old Bayern Munich striker made it 2-0 in the 89th minute after Arkadiusz Milik had broken the deadlock.

He then grabbed his second in the 92nd minute and completed a remarkable treble in the third minute of stoppage time to leave Poland one point clear of nearest rivals Germany at the top of Group D.

"Poland were like a machine and this team can achieve a lot," admitted Georgia manager Kakhaber Tskhadadze.

Germany hit seven

On a day of hat-tricks, former Chelsea player Andre Schurrle also scored three as world champions Germany won 7-0 away to Gibraltar.

Germany forward Andre Schurrle
Germany forward Andre Schurrle scored a 43 minute hat-trick

The Wolfsburg forward claimed the only goal of the first half after Bastian Schweinsteiger had an early penalty saved by Jordan Perez.

Schurrle grabbed two more, Max Kruse hit a double and Ilkay Gundogan and Karim Bellarabi also got on the scoresheet for the Germans, who registered 30 attempts in total.

Faroe Islands win... again

Having secured their first competitive away success since 2001 last November, the Faroe Islands completed the double over Greece in Group F.

Faroe Islands player Rene Joensen celebrates after his side defeat Greece in a Euro 2016 qualifier
The Faroe Islands are above both Finland and Greece in Group F

A goal in each half from Hallur Hansson and Brandur Olsen secured a famous win for the hosts in Torshavn.

Borussia Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos did get one back for the Euro 2004 winners.

But Greece, who sacked Claudio Ranieri after a 1-0 loss at home to the Faroe Islands seven months ago, are bottom of the group with just two points from six games.

Elsewhere in Europe

Finland are also below the Faroe Islands in Group F after a 1-0 home defeat by Hungary left the Finns in fifth spot.

Hamburg forward Zoltan Stieber scored the winner to close the gap on second-place Northern Ireland to two points.

Denmark are second in Group I, two points behind leaders Portugal, after a 2-0 win over Serbia in Copenhagen.

Denmark's Jakob Poulsen celebrates scoring against Serbia
Denmark, who have played one game more, are three points clear of third-placed Albania in Group I

Yussuf Poulsen's first international goal and a late effort from Jakob Poulsen secured the points, with former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger missing a penalty for the hosts.

Line-ups

Armenia

  • 1Berezovskiy
  • 15Mkoyan
  • 5Arzumanyan
  • 2Andonian
  • 20Hayrapetyan
  • 18Mkhitaryan
  • 6MkrtchyanSubstituted forHovsepyanat 28'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 13HovhannisyanSubstituted forÖzbilizat 61'minutes
  • 8Pizzelli
  • 10Ghazaryan
  • 11SarkisovSubstituted forKoryanat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Haroyan
  • 4Voskanyan
  • 7Hovsepyan
  • 9Koryan
  • 12Kasparov
  • 14Simonyan
  • 16Aslanyan-Mamedov
  • 17Badoyan
  • 19Avagyan
  • 21Toroyan
  • 22Yuspashyan
  • 23Özbiliz

Portugal

  • 1Rui PatrícioBooked at 90mins
  • 11Vieira de Freitas
  • 6CarvalhoSubstituted forJosé Fonteat 79'minutes
  • 2Bruno Alves
  • 23Eliseu
  • 17Almeida da Cunha
  • 19Cardoso MendesBooked at 62mins
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 5da Silva CoentrãoSubstituted forAdrien Silvaat 72'minutes
  • 10Alves GomesSubstituted forWilliam Carvalhoat 64'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 3Carrico Martins
  • 4José Fonte
  • 9Macedo Lopes
  • 12Lopes
  • 13Danilo
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 15Bernardo Silva
  • 16Adrien Silva
  • 18Gonçalves Varela
  • 20Ricardo Quaresma
  • 21Cédric Soares
  • 22Beto
Referee:
Serge Gumienny

Match Stats

Home TeamArmeniaAway TeamPortugal
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home20
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Armenia 2, Portugal 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Armenia 2, Portugal 3.

Foul by Levon Hayrapetyan (Armenia).

João Moutinho (Portugal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Rumyan Hovsepyan.

Foul by Gael Andonian (Armenia).

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hrayr Mkoyan.

Attempt missed. Aras Özbiliz (Armenia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marcos Pizzelli.

Foul by Marcos Pizzelli (Armenia).

Adrien Silva (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Aras Özbiliz (Armenia) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rumyan Hovsepyan.

Booking

Rumyan Hovsepyan (Armenia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Rumyan Hovsepyan (Armenia).

Nani (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nani (Portugal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Robert Arzumanyan.

Attempt blocked. William Carvalho (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Foul by Levon Hayrapetyan (Armenia).

João Moutinho (Portugal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Jose Fonte replaces Ricardo Carvalho because of an injury.

Foul by Gevorg Ghazaryan (Armenia).

Vieirinha (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Portugal. Rui Patricio tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Offside, Armenia. Hrayr Mkoyan tries a through ball, but Ruslan Koryan is caught offside.

Marcos Pizzelli (Armenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adrien Silva (Portugal).

Foul by Hrayr Mkoyan (Armenia).

Adrien Silva (Portugal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Levon Hayrapetyan (Armenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Adrien Silva replaces Fábio Coentrão.

Substitution

Substitution, Armenia. Ruslan Koryan replaces Artur Sarkisov.

Goal!

Goal! Armenia 2, Portugal 3. Hrayr Mkoyan (Armenia) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Attempt saved. Aras Özbiliz (Armenia) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Corner, Armenia. Conceded by Bruno Alves.

Corner, Armenia. Conceded by Eliseu.

Gevorg Ghazaryan (Armenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

Attempt missed. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Armenia) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Levon Hayrapetyan.

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