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UPDATE 1-Soccer-Ronaldo strikes as Portugal crush Belgium 4-0
March 24, 2007 / 11:18 PM / 11 years ago

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Ronaldo strikes as Portugal crush Belgium 4-0

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LISBON, March 24 (Reuters) - 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 Saturday.

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.”

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