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Cristiano Ronaldo injured for Portugal; big wins for France, England

An injury to Cristiano Ronaldo exacerbated Portugal's frustrating start to their European Championship title defense.

Things couldn't be going much better for free-scoring England and France. Ronaldo hobbled off in the first half with an apparent right hamstring injury in Portugal's 1-1 draw with Serbia in Lisbon, which came three days after the titleholder's 0-0 draw with Ukraine also at home.They are the Juventus forward's first games for his country since last year's World Cup, since when he was accused of rape in the United States. He has denied any wrongdoing.

While Portugal have made a slow start to qualifying, England and France are already well on their way to topping their groups.England beat Montenegro 5-1 away to follow up its 5-0 thrashing of the Czech Republic on Friday in Group A. It is the first time England have scored five or more goals in successive games since 1984.The match was marred by apparent racist chanting toward England's black players from Montenegro fans. England coach Gareth Southgate said the English Football Association would be making a complaint to UEFA.

After opening Group B with a 4-1 win over Moldova, France had a more impressive 4-0 win over Iceland with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann scoring second-half goals.

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