A benched Cristiano Ronaldo watched his substitute, 21-year-old Goncalo Ramos, step in and ship the World Cup event’s first hat trick as Portugal stormed to a crushing 6-1 victory over Switzerland.
The tepid early tempo of the match on Tuesday reworked shortly as newcomer Ramos’s first objective opened the floodgates for the Portuguese aspect, with three extra targets going unanswered by the Swiss earlier than halftime.
The absence of Ronaldo appeared virtually secondary because the crew got here collectively and exhibited a devastating unity, even with their celebrity captain sitting on the bench.
Manuel Akanji scored fantastically for Switzerland within the 56th minute, but it surely was a lone bucket towards a rising tide.
Ronaldo stepped onto the pitch within the 72nd minute to thunderous applause, later placing a robust shot into the Swiss internet that was dominated offside and disallowed.
The Portuguese now stride into the quarter-finals and can play giant-killers Morocco on December 10, 2022, at Al Thumama stadium.