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Ronaldo double leads Portugal to big win

dpadpa 13/11/2016 Barry Whelan

Portugal remain on track to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored a double in a 4-1 win over Latvia.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and missed a penalty as Portugal defeated Latvia 4-1 to boost their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Ronaldo converted from the spot in the 28th minute for the European champions, but then struck the post with a second penalty just before the hour.

Arturs Zjuzins levelled for the visitors in the 67th minute before William headed in three minutes later, Ronaldo volleyed in at the far post in the 85th minute and Bruno Alves headed a fourth in stoppage time.

The result moves Portugal to nine points in Group B where Switzerland defeated the Faroe Islands 2-0 with goals from Erin Derdiyok and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

The Swiss have a maximum 12 points from four games, with Hungary third on seven points after beating Andorra 4-0.

Belgium thrashed Estonia 8-1 in Brussels to open up a two-point gap at the top of Group H with a perfect 12 points.

The Red Devils went three goals up through Thomas Meunier, Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard but Henri Anier pulled one back for the visitors before the break.

Yannick Carrasco then netted a fourth before Ragnar Klavan put through his own net, Mertens bagged his a second and Romelu Lukaku scored a late brace to make it eight.

In Piraeus, Greece dropped their first points but were at least able to snatch a stoppage-time 1-1 draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina, with both sides finishing with 10 men.

Orestis Karnezis put into his own net in the first half to give the visitors the lead but Georgios Tzavelas levelled deep in stoppage time.

Both sides had players dismissed 10 minutes from time - Bosnia's Edin Dzeko for a second yellow card and Greece's Kyriakos Papadopoulos with a straight red.

The result takes Greece to 10 points - two points behind Belgium - while Bosnia-Herzegovina move to seven and Estonia stay on three.

Cyprus earlier got their first points in a 3-1 win against bottom side Gibraltar.

Substitute Memphis Depay spared the Netherlands blushes with a second-half brace for a 3-1 win at minnows Luxembourg.

Veteran Arjen Robben put the Dutch ahead in the 36th minute, but 130th-ranked Luxembourg levelled on the stroke of halftime with a penalty from Maxime Chanot.

Manchester United's Depay then came on for the second half, headed the second in the 58th and wrapped up matters with an 84th-minute free-kick as the Dutch - who after coming third at the 2014 World Cup failed to qualify for Euro 2016 - again failed to impress.

Robben did not appear for the second half because of a thigh injury but the Bayern Munich winger said it was more of a precautionary measure.

"It came perhaps because of a stupid movement. I hope it is not too bad," he told RTL Nitro television.

The Dutch improved to seven points from four games in Group A, tied with Sweden who lost 2-1 at leaders France (10) in a match brought forward to Friday because France wanted to avoid playing on the first anniversary of the Paris terror attacks Sunday.

Bulgaria have six points after holding off second-bottom Belarus 1-0 from Ivelin Popov's early winner.

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