After the festival of goals, Portugal largely defeated Switzerland (6-1) on Tuesday in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup. Their next opponent will be Morocco on Saturday 4 pm.
Without its star Cristiano Ronaldo, who entered only at the end of the match, Portugal qualified in a state of luxury to the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday by sweeping Switzerland 6-1, with a hat-trick from the substitute. “CR7”, Gonzalo Ramos.
The Portuguese league’s top scorer is on fire
The passing of the baton between generations couldn’t be more symbolic… nor harsh on the five-pointed Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo, who never scored in a World Cup knockout match. Almost unknown on the big stage in world football, Goncalo Ramos has played it all and just 33 minutes into selection before Tuesday night, including twenty minutes in a friendly.
At 21, he entered the elite World Cup hat-trick authors in one evening, along with giants like Pele, Gerd Müller or Just Fontaine. He even became the youngest author of a hat-trick in a knockout match since Pele in 1958.
But the top scorer in the Portuguese championship was not the only one who shone in this meeting: the veteran Pepe also gave himself a wonderful goal with a header from a corner kick, three months before his fortieth birthday, just like the left-back of Borussia Dortmund. Rafael Guerrero and even former Ligue 1 player Rafael Leao just minutes after joining.
Despite Manuel Akanji’s points drop in the 58th minute, Nati was unable to make a comeback in this match.
Celsao, who has not reached the quarter-finals of the World Championships since 2006, will meet Morocco on Saturday in the favorite position. Earlier on Tuesday, the Atlas Lions caused a sensation by eliminating Spain on penalties.
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