first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Portugal took another step towards qualifying for next summer’s European Championships in France with a 3-2 win in Armenia.  13/06/2015 Sport EN Upd. at 21:02 However, just before the half hour mark, the Real Madrid forward brought his country back on level terms, scoring from the penalty spot.  He then added two quick-fire goals after the break, in the 55th and 58th minute, to ensure that Portugal would not drop any points. The Ronaldo show started after Armenia had taken a surprise lead in the 14th minute through Marcos Pineiro Pizzelli. Tiago’s red card saw Portugal reduced to 10 men for the final half hour, with Hrayr Mkoyan pulling a goal back for the home side later on.  CEST Portugal now lead Group I by five points with just three games remaining, although Denmark and Albania both have a game in hand.  But the visitors had the experience to close the game out and secure three vital points.last_img