- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo’s two first-half goals in 10 minutes helped Portugal to a 7-0 demolition of Estonia on Wednesday in the hosts’ last warmup game before the European Championship.

Ronaldo marked his return to the Portugal squad after a two-game absence by scoring with a powerful header in the 38th and then shooting home from inside the area, extending his Portuguese record tally to 58 goals. He has 126 caps - one shy of Luis Figo’s record.

The Portuguese captain showed no signs of the muscle problems that appeared at the end of last season with Real Madrid.

Ricardo Quaresma also scored twice, while Danilo and Eder got second-half goals. Karol Mets’ own-goal completed the rout.

Ronaldo took the role of center forward before his halftime substitution but roamed freely and often dropped back into midfield.

The Portuguese beat Norway 3-0 and lost 1-0 against England in recent warmups. No player appeared to be injured in Wednesday’s match.

Portugal is in Group F at Euro 2016 and plays its first game against Iceland on Tuesday. Austria and Hungary are also in the group.

Estonia did not qualify.

Despite producing some of Europe’s top players, Portugal has never won any silverware. It was the losing finalist against Greece at Euro 2004, a tournament it played on home turf.

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