Portugal thrash Switzerland 6-1 as Ramos scores hat-trick; enters q-finals

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Qatar: Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped from the starting line-up when Portugal locked horns with Switzerland in the Round of 16 encounter at the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Eyeing a place in the quarter-finals of the Qatar World Cup on Wednesday, Ronaldo-less Portugal thrashed Switzerland in the knockout phase of the FIFA World Cup at the Lusail Stadium.

Ronaldo, who only scored a single goal for Portugal in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup, was used as a late second-half substitute by head coach Fernando Santos.

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In the lead-up to the last 16 encounter against the Swiss, Portugal coach Santos had openly condemned Ronaldo’s behaviour after the 37-year-old was substituted during the team’s final group game in Qatar.

Replacing Ronaldo in the Portugal side, Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick as the 2016 UEFA Euro winners hammered Switzerland 6-1 in the Round of 16 match at the Qatar World Cup.

Ronaldo-led Portugal will meet Morocco in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.