Ronaldo scores hat-trick, Denmark safe place in Qatar World Cup

Another hat-trick for Cristiano Ronaldo, one other win – and qualification for the World Cup – for Denmark.

And but extra crowd bother in a sport between England and Hungary.

There was a way of familiarity to the World Cup qualifiers in Europe on Tuesday, not least in Faro the place Ronaldo prolonged his males’s file tally of worldwide objectives to 115 by scoring the 58th hat-trick of his profession for membership and nation in Portugal’s 5-Zero win over Luxembourg.

Denmark grew to become the second European nation to qualify for subsequent 12 months’s event in Qatar, after Germany on Monday, by securing an eighth straight win within the group by beating Austria 1-0.

The decisive win – sealed by Joakim Maehle’s second-half purpose – got here on the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen the place star playmaker Christian Eriksen collapsed in June throughout a European Championship sport. It remains to be unclear if Eriksen can resume his profession to play on the World Cup in 13 months’ time.

England are more likely to be there however had been made to attend earlier than reserving their place after being held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary at Wembley Stadium. Events on the sphere had been overshadowed by clashes between cops and Hungary supporters at first of the match, sparked – in accordance with police – by a visiting fan making “racially aggravated” feedback in the direction of a steward.

Disorder by Hungary followers – together with racism – through the first group match between the groups, in Budapest final month, led to the Hungarians having to play a sport in an empty stadium.

Sweden climbed above Spain into first place in Group B with a 2-Zero win over Greece, and Switzerland moved degree on factors with Italy in Group C with a 4-Zero victory over Lithuania.

In Group A, Portugal are a degree behind Serbia, who beat Azerbaijan 3-1, however have a sport in hand.

Only the highest crew from every group qualifies routinely for the World Cup. The second-place finishers go into the playoffs.

Ronaldo’s haul

A pair of penalties, within the eighth and 13th minutes, set Ronaldo on his solution to a file 10th worldwide hat-trick for Portugal that was accomplished within the 87th minute.

The 36-year-old Manchester United striker was taking part in his 182nd worldwide sport.

Bruno Fernandes and Joao Palhinha additionally scored for Portugal of their fourth straight win in qualifying, which left a straight shoot-out with Serbia for first place.

Serbia’s final sport is in Portugal, which can first play their sport in hand away to Ireland.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo scores their fifth purpose to finish his hat-trick [Pedro Nunes/Reuters]

Danes by

Denmark are persevering with their good type from the European Championship, the place the crew surged to the semifinals regardless of dropping Eriksen in distressing circumstances within the opening sport.

The clear sheet towards Austria meant the Danes have but to concede in Group F, whereas they’re the one crew with a 100 p.c file in qualifying.

Maehle scored with a sweeping shot that was teed up by Thomas Delaney’s direct run, taking Denmark to 27 objectives – second solely to the Netherlands.

Denmark maintain an unassailable seven-point lead over Scotland, who’re nonetheless on observe to complete runners-up after a 1-Zero win on the Faeroe Islands.

Scotland are 4 factors away from third-place Israel, who beat visiting Moldova 2-1.

Austria’s Stefan Posch in motion with Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen [Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via Reuters]

Crowd bother

Crowd bother marred each of the video games in Group I – at first of the England-Hungary sport and near the top of Albania-Poland.

The unrest at Wembley unfolded after officers entered the away stand “to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated comment toward a steward”, the Metropolitan Police mentioned in a press release.

Police had been seen wielding batons to carry again the visiting followers however the remainder of the sport handed off largely peacefully.

The English Football Association mentioned it was reporting the incident to FIFA, which has beforehand put Hungary on probation with the specter of one other sport being performed with out followers if there was additional dysfunction at video games.

In Tirana, the match between Albania and Poland was quickly halted when Polish gamers walked off the sphere after Albanian followers threw water bottles at them. The incident got here after Poland’s gamers celebrated scoring a 77th-minute purpose that in the end earned a 1-Zero win.

A Polish official on the bench known as on the gamers to right away depart the sphere. Before the sport resumed – 20 minutes later – a stadium announcement warned followers that Albania may must forfeit if extra objects had been thrown.

England are three factors away from Poland, who’re an additional two factors forward of third-place Albania.

General view as police conflict with Hungary followers through the match [Carl Recine/Reuters]


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