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Cristiano Ronaldo scores 43rd Portugal goal with hat-trick v Northern Ireland, now 4 off Pauleta record

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It was one of those tough away days for Portugal in the torrential Belfast rain last night, and at 2-1 down they looked to be heading for a shock defeat.

But captain Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to the plate with a burst of goals, scoring a hat-trick in 15 minutes!

His first two were classic Ronaldo header – the second of which came from a perfect Coentrao cross.

The hat-trick goal, which ensured the win, was a low and powerful free-kick, which he may have been trying to sneak under the wall, but it deflected in anyway.

The hat-trick takes him to 43 goals, and Cristiano is now a mere four goals off Pauleta’s international record of 47.

Watch Ronaldo’s hat-trick in Portugal’s win in Belfast last night on the three clips below.

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