Portugal have sent Switzerland packing from the 2022 Fifa World Cup with a n emphatic 6-1 victory. Portugal legend Cristiano Ronaldo made headlines before the game because he was benched but that did not change anything as his team went on to deliver a stellar performance.
It was a good night for Goncalo Ramos as he bagged the first hattrick at the 2022 Fifa World Cup in his first Start for Portugal. Ramos was a direct replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Goal! Portugal 6-1 Switzerland
That is outrageous! Charges away down the left, chops inside onto his right foot and curls a sublime finish into the far corner. Sommer didn’t bother moving.
Goal! Portugal 5-1 Switzerland
The first hat-trick of the World Cup, what a story. Ramos in on goal, dinks it over Sommer and it trickles over the line. Brilliant finish, brilliant performance.
Goal! Portugal 4-1 Switzerland
Switzerland corner, Ramos flicks it on in his own box and Akanji is there at the back post to turn it home. Three more needed.
Goal! Portugal 4-0 Switzerland
That is a wonderful move from Portugal, who are playing some incredible football. Fernandes slides it through to Guerreiro, and the left-back lifts it into the roof of the net.
Goal! Portugal 3-0 Switzerland
Ramos’ dream night continues, he has a second. Low cross into the near post, he gets across his man and pokes it through Sommer.
We’re up and running for the second-half!
That’s half-time, a pretty perfect 45 minutes for Portugal. Ramos and Pepe with the goals, Santos’ team selection has paid off. Could well have been a wider lead too. Switzerland with a second-half mountain to climb.
Goal! Portugal 2-0 Switzerland
That’s terrible from Switzerland. Corner whipped in, Pepe free six yards out and he powers the header home.
Goal! Portugal 1-0 Switzerland
His first international start and it’s a stunning finish from Goncalo Ramos! Tight angle, but somehow he’s absolutely blasted a left-footed strike into the top corner. Sommer didn’t move as it flew in at his near post.
Portugal v Switzerland for a place in the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals. There’s been plenty of pre-match close-ups on substitute Cristiano Ronaldo, who is cheered when his face is shown on the big screen during the national anthem
Ronaldo is dropped to the bench, with Ramos coming in to the lead the line instead. The 37-year-old will not be impressed, that much we do know.
Cancelo also misses out in a surprise move, with Guerreiro coming in at left-back and Dalot on the right. For Switzerland, Sommer is fit to start but it’s Schar and Akanji at centre-back, with Elvedi not in the side.