Portugal vs Switzerland : Youngster Goncalo Ramos scored his first hat-trick of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday to send Portugal into the quarter-finals. The 21-year-old striker helped Portugal beat Switzerland 6-1 in the Round of 16 played at the Lusail Stadium.
Portugal vs Switzerland highlights: Ramos hat-trick helps Portugal beat Switzerland 6-1 to reach quarter-finals
Portugal coach Fernando Santos made a bold decision to start Ramos in place of his record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo and it paid off. Portugal will face Morocco in the last eight, who beat Spain 3-0 on penalties for the first time since 2006.
Portugal vs Switzerland Match highlights:
In his first World Cup start, Ramos gave Portugal the lead with a superb strike in the 17th minute, before their oldest member Pepe scored a powerful header in the 33rd minute to make it 2–0 at the half-time break .
Ramos extended the lead with his second goal in the 51st minute and Rafael Guerrero soon made it 4–0 four minutes later.
Switzerland responded through Manuel Akanji in the 58th minute but the lead was too much for them in the end. Ramos then completed his hat-trick with a strike in the 67th minute, before substitute Rafael Leao wrapped it up for Portugal with a stoppage-time goal.
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Ramos played only 10 minutes as a substitute in Qatar, but with a memorable performance for Portugal the youngster looked like he belonged on the big stage, lacking Ronaldo – the late substitute who had a goal off , was dismissed to the side.
Ramos opened the scoring in the 17th minute when he picked up Joao Felix’s hard pass and fired the ball into the top corner from a tight angle to put the Portuguese ahead.
Portugal doubled their lead through captain Pepe when the 39-year-old volleyed over two Swiss centre-backs at a Bruno Fernandes corner in the 33rd minute before again beating Yann Sommer well.
The Swiss keeper did well to save Ramos’ second goal of the half from a late counter-attack as the Portuguese took a 2–0 lead at half-time.
But Sommer could do nothing when Diogo Dalot sent in a cross six minutes after the restart, with Ramos at the near post again to slip the ball between the legs to give Portugal a three-goal cushion.
The Portuguese caused trouble as they drilled the Swiss defense with another flowing counter-attack, in which Ramos found Rafael Guerrero in acres of space and the full-back slotted Sommer’s ball to make it 4-0 in the 55th. did.
Switzerland softened the blow just before the hour mark when defender Manuel Akanji slotted an unmarked shot over the far post after Portugal failed to clear it.But a dynamic Portugal attack failed when Ramos was set up on goal by Felix and when it looked as if he had lost the ball with a heavy touch, the forward headed home to complete a well-deserved hat-trick. led. it on top.
Substitute Rafael Lew put the icing on the cake in second-half extra time with a curling effort into the far corner as the trapped Sommer’s shoulders sank as he watched the ball go into the back of the net.