The Serbian national team continued its hold on to the top of Group A by defeating Azerbaijan 3-1 yesterday, despite the fact that Portugal swept its guest Luxembourg 5-0, including Cristiano Ronaldo scored a “hat-trick”, in the eighth round of the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. Thus, the Seleção team is in second place with a difference of 16 points, but with a match less, after its 5-0 victory over Luxembourg, including a hat-trick for national team star Ronaldo.
Portugal’s goals were scored by Manchester United stars Ronaldo (8 and 13 penalties and 87), Bruno Fernandes (18), and Sporting Joao Balenia (69). Ronaldo’s hat-trick came in a match in which he raised his absolute record of international goals to 115 in his 182 international match, after he had broken during the Qatar friendly the European record registered in the name of the Spanish star of Paris Saint-Germain, Sergio Ramos. Despite the harsh loss, Luxembourg is third with six points, in front of Ireland fourth with five points.
Fiorentina’s Italian striker Dusan Vlavovic scored the hat-trick of Serbia (30 penalty kick, 53) and Ajax winger Dusan Tadic (83 penalty kick), while Amin Mahmudov scored the only goal for Azerbaijan (45 + 2). Serbia took the lead in the last round, with a difficult victory over hosts Luxembourg 1-0.
By defeating Azerbaijan, which suffered its sixth loss in seven matches with an orphan point at the bottom of the group, Serbia raised its score to 17 points from seven matches at the top.
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