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Euro 2016: Ronaldo Hat Trick Secure Win For Portugal

The second day of games for Matchday 6 in the 2016 European Championship Qualifiers took place on Saturday and Cristiano Ronaldo scored all three goals for Portugal as they held on to win 3-2 over Armenia on the road despite being one man down for a good part of the second half. The win means that Portugal remains at the top of Group I.

Groups D, F and I were involved in Saturday’s matches and here a complete roundup of the games and the standing in the groups.

In Group D, Poland made quick work of Georgia, beating them at home 4-0. Bayern Munich striker and Poland captain Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick in the span of four minutes late in the second half. Georgia stood up well in the first half and it was scoreless after 45 minutes in Warsaw.

In the 62nd minute, Arkadiusz Milik broke the deadlock and gave the home side the lead. Lewandowski scored in the 89th, 92nd and 93rd minute and now has seven goals in six games and Milik has four goals in six games. Poland leads Group D on 14 points, one point ahead of Germany

Germany had a blowout game against Gibraltar, winning 7-0 at the Estadio Algarve. Gibraltar stood up well in the first half and kept the score down to 1-0. Bastian Schweinsteiger missed a penalty in the 10th minute, but Andre Schurrle gave the Germans the lead in the 28th minute. In the second half, Gibraltar ran out of gas and the Germans scored six times. Schurrle got two more for a hat trick and Max Kruse scored twice. Gibraltar is dead last in the group and has allowed 34 goals in six games while only scoring once.

Ireland and Scotland drew 1-1 in Dublin. The Irish took the lead in the 38th minute through Jon Walters, but the Scots tied the game early in the second half after an own goal by John O’Shea. Scotland sits in third with 11 points and Ireland are right behind them in fourth with 9 points.

Standings Group D:

  1. Poland 14pts
  2. Germany 13pts
  3. Scotland 11pts
  4. Ireland 9pts
  5. Georgia 3pts
  6. Gibraltar 0pts

Hungary grabbed a late 1-0 over Finland away from home at the Helsingin Olympiastadion in Helsinki. Zoltan Stieber was the hero for the Hungarians as his goal in the 82nd minute prove to be the winner. That was the Hamburg SV winger’s first goal in the qualifiers and it came at the best possible time. With the win, the Hungarians are still in the race as they sit in third place with 11 points. Finland has a very tough road ahead as they would need to win out and have several results go their way in order to punch a ticket to France next summer.

Northern Ireland and Romania played a goalless draw at Windsor Park in Belfast. That was a really good result for Hungary as that brings them two points closer to the two top teams in the standings. Romania still tops the group with 14 points and Northern Ireland are right behind with 13 points. Romania is still undefeated after six games.

Greece’s dismal display in these qualifiers continued with a 2-1 away loss to the Faroe Islands. The Greeks find themselves at the bottom of Group F with a mere two points after six games. Hallur Hansson and Brandur Olsen scored for the Faroe Islands as they took their second win over Greece in the qualifiers.

Standings Group F:

  1. Romania 14pts
  2. Northern Ireland 13pts
  3. Hungary 11pts
  4. Faroe Islands 6pts
  5. Finland 4pts
  6. Greece 2pts

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick for Portugal as they bring home three points from a tough away game in Armenia. The Armenians took the lead early in the first half through a free-kick goal by Marcos Pizelli in the 14th minute. Ronaldo scored his first goal of the night from the penalty spot in the 29th minute and it was tied 1-1 at halftime.

Ronaldo then scored twice in the second half to complete his hat trick and gave Portugal a 3-1 lead. Tiago got sent off in the 62nd minute after two yellow cards and Armenia started pushing forward. Hrayr Mkoyan made it 3-2 in the 72nd minute, but Portugal held on and got the win. They top the group with 12 points after five games.

Denmark took a 2-0 win over Serbia at home in Copenhagen. The Danes took the lead in the 13th minute when Yussuf Poulsen scored his first goal for the Danish national team with a well-placed shot right inside the penalty area. Serbia tried their best to get back into the game and pushed forward more and more as time went on.

But instead of the Serbians drawing level, substitute Jakob Poulsen made it 2-0 Denmark in the 87 minute. The Serbians are now out of the race, as they only have one point in five games after having three points deducted. Albania had the night off as Group I only has five teams.

Standings Group I:

  1. Portugal 12pts
  2. Denmark 10pts
  3. Albania 7pts
  4. Serbia 1pts
  5. Armenia 1pts

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