Cristiano Ronaldo may have finally have found a worthy goal scoring partner in Portugal’s 6-0 rout of the Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifying on Monday.
Andre Silva, the 20-year-old Porto prospect, scored a first-half hat-trick before Ronaldo added a fourth midway through the second half in a comfortable visit to the North Atlantic for the European champion.
In stoppage time, goals from Joao Moutinho and Joao Cancelo completed Portugal’s second six-goal haul in four days.
After Ronaldo scored four in a 6-0 win over Andorra on Friday, Silva stepped up to ensure Portugal took maximum points from the traditional minnows in Group B.
Portugal rose to second place in the standings over the previously unbeaten Faeroese, who had yet to concede a goal in two qualifiers.
Still, Portugal trail three points behind Switzerland, who hung on for a 2-1 victory at Andorra to extend their winning streak to three matches.
Portugal lag behind because they lost 2-0 in Switzerland in the opener last month without Ronaldo or Silva in the starting lineup.
Ronaldo was left out due to the knee injury he sustained in the European Championship final and Portugal led their attack with Eder, whose extra-time goal decided the Euro 2016 final against France.
Silva has stayed in the team since Portugal coach Fernando Santos sent him on for Eder when trailing the Swiss by two goals at halftime.
Faroe Islands: Nielsen, Hansen, Gregersen, Nattestad, Davidsen, Vatnhamar, Benjaminsen, Hansson, Sorensen (Joensen), Hendriksson, Edmundsson.
Unused subs: Tor Naes, Gestsson, Justinussen, Vatnsdal, Frederiksberg, Baldvinsson, Davidsen, Olsen, Klettskard.
Portugal: Rui Patrício, Cancelo, Pepe, Fonte, Pacheco Antunes, Quaresma (Martins), Carvalho, Andre Gomes, Joao Mario (Moutinho), Silva (Eder), Ronaldo.
Unused subs: Alves, Carvalho e Silva, Lopes, Danilo, Sanches, Fernandes, Marafona, Semedo.