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Result: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick enough for Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo scores a hat-trick as Portugal come from behind to beat Armenia 3-2 in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick ensured that Portugal held on to claim a 3-2 win over Armenia, despite the visitors finishing the match with 10 men in their Euro 2016 qualifier.

The home side were on the attack from the start with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Karlen Mkrtchyan both getting the ball into the box in the opening 10 minutes, but Armenia lacked numbers forward.

Bruno Alves handed the home side a free kick in a promising position when he tripped Marcos Pizzelli 35 yards out, and the midfielder spotted Rui Patricio off his line to blast the ball into the top right corner straight from the set piece.

Portugal were back on level terms just before the half-hour mark, though, as Mkhitaryan tripped Serge Gumienny in the box, allowing Ronaldo to slot a penalty in low.

The visitors did not need long after the restart to take the lead as Ronaldo burst forward to beat captain and goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky to a high ball into the box, lobbing it into the back of the net.

The Real Madrid forward completed his hat-trick just three minutes later with a long-range effort, rifling the ball into the top corner with a 25-yard strike.

Portugal's task was made harder a couple of minutes later as Tiago picked up his second booking of the evening, leaving the visitors a man short with almost half an hour still to play.

Armenia started to see more of the ball again, and got a goal back inside the final 20 minutes when Aras Ozbiliz forced a save from Patricio and Hrayr Mkoyan tapped the rebound home from close range.

The visitors pushed for a fourth late on as they tried to put the win beyond doubt, but William Carvalho's half-volley was turned behind for a corner, while Nani missed the target.

The result leaves Portugal top of Group I, while Armenia stay bottom with no wins from their first five matches.

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates scoring during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group F match between Northern Ireland and Portugal at Windsor Park on September 6, 2013
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