Portugal vs Switzerland Highlights: Ramos score a hat-trick as Portugal demolish Switzerland 6-1 to storm into quarters | Football News

NEW DELHI: young Goncalo Ramos scored the first hat-trick of the fifa world cup 2022 to feed a creeper Portugal for the quarter-finals on Wednesday. The 21-year-old striker helped Portugal demolish Switzerland 6-1 in their Round of 16 at Lusail Stadium.
Portugal manager Fernando Santos made the brave decision to start Ramos instead of top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo and it paid off. Portugal will meet Morocco, who beat Spain 3-0 on penalties earlier on Tuesday, in their first quarter-final since 2006.
How it happened |Calendar and results
In his first World Cup start, Ramos put Portugal ahead with a scintillating 17th-minute strike, before his eldest member Pepe netted a powerful header in the 33rd minute to give them the lead. 2-0 at halftime.
Ramos scored his second goal in the 51st minute to extend the lead and Raphael Guerreiro soon made it 4-0 four minutes later. Switzerland responded with a goal 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 67th-minute strike, before substitute Rafael Leao wrapped up for Portugal with a stoppage-time goal.

Ramos had only played 10 minutes as a substitute in Qatar but the youngster looked like he belonged on the big stage with a memorable performance for Portugal that didn’t miss Ronaldo – a late substitute who had a goal ruled out for offside.
Ramos opened the scoring in the 17th minute, catching Joao Felix’s incisive pass before blasting the ball from a tight angle into the top corner to put the Portuguese ahead.
Portugal doubled their lead through skipper Pepe when the 39-year-old timed his jump to perfection to rise above the two Swiss centre-backs and head home from a Bruno Fernandes corner in the 33rd minute , with Yann Sommer still well beaten.
The Swiss keeper did well to deny Ramos his second goal of the half with a fingertip save from a late counterattack as the Portuguese went in with a 2-0 halftime lead.

But Sommer could do nothing when Diogo Dalot sent in a cross six minutes after the restart, with Ramos again in the right place at the near post to slip the ball between his legs to give Portugal a three-goal cushion.
The Portuguese piled up misery when they opened up the Swiss defense with another fluid counter-attack in which Ramos found Raphael Guerreiro in acres of space and the full-back fired the ball past Sommer to make it 4 -0 at the 55th.
Switzerland cushioned the blow just before the hour mark when defender Manuel Akanji crept unmarked at the far post from a corner to slip a shot home after Portugal failed to clear.
But a vibrant Portuguese attack roared as Ramos was tagged in on goal by Felix and just when it looked like he had lost the ball with a heavy touch, the striker chipped it off the pressed Sommer to complete a well-deserved hat-trick.
Substitute Rafael Leao then put the icing on the cake in second-half added time with a curling effort into the far corner as the stranded Sommer’s shoulders sunk in as he eyed the ball go past him in the back of the net.
(With agency contributions)


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