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Euro 2020: England, France win big; Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal held by Ukraine in qualifiers

Big and slick wins for France and England. Not even a goal for Portugal. Even with Cristiano Ronaldo returning to the Portugal side for the first time since last year's World Cup, the European champions could only begin their title defence with a 0-0 home draw against Ukraine. The goals were flowing elsewhere on Friday night in Euro 2020 qualifying.World champion France opened with a 4-1 victory at Moldova while Raheem Sterling scored his first international hat trick as England routed the Czech Republic 5-0.The only surprise in Chisinau was that it took France 23 minutes to score.

It was worth the wait. Paul Pogba collected Antoine Griezmann's pass and floated the ball over the defence for the Atletico Madrid striker to run onto and connect with a left-foot volley.Griezmann was the supplier of the second goal three minutes later, whipping in a corner that Raphael Varane met at the near post with a flicked header.

For the third, Pogba combined with Blaise Matuidi, who dinked in a cross which Giroud touched home with his left foot. With a 34th international goal, Giroud equalled third place on the France scoring chart with David Trezeguet. Michel Platini's 41 is the next target, and Thierry Henry holds the France record with 51 goals.
"I'm not used to placing my personal objectives ahead of those of the team, but it's a nice thing to now be level with Trezeguet," Giroud said. "He was a great goal-scorer. I hope to climb even further in the all-time list and we'll have to wait and see."It took until the 87th minute for Kylian Mbappe to break Moldova's second-half resistance, slotting home from 12 yards (11 meters).Also in Group H, Iceland won 2-0 at Andorra and Turkey beat Albania by the same score. 

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