LISBON, March 24 Winger Cristiano Ronaldo scored
twice as Portugal crushed Belgium 4-0 in their Euro 2008
qualifier in Group A on Saturday.
Two goals in the space of two minutes paved the way for
Portugal's victory, with Nuno Gomes breaking the deadlock in the
52nd minute and Ronaldo getting his first of the night almost
immediately afterwards with a header.
Ricardo Quaresma added the third in the 68th minute before
Ronaldo completed a rout which left the Euro 2004 hosts in a
promising position in their group.
Poland are top on 13 points, having played a game more,
after trouncing Azerbaijan 5-0. Finland are second on 11 points,
while Portugal moved up to third on 10.
Serbia, who also have 10 points, lost 2-1 to Kazakhstan on
Portugal coach Luis Felipe Scolari, whose side had fired
blanks in the first half, said: "We did the same thing in the
second half. What was missing was greater precision."
Ronaldo said Portugal "started the second half with greater
drive," adding: "We have a very strong side."