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World Cup 2022: Portugal after beating Switzerland in the quarterfinals


Portugal coach Fernando Santos did without Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting XI against Switzerland – and he was successful. Newcomer Gonçalo Ramos scored three times. Now Morocco is waiting.

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First start, three goals: Gonçalo Ramos should be back in the quarter-finals


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Portugal are in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar after a 6-1 (2-0) win against Switzerland.

Gonçalo Ramos (17th minute, 51st, 67th), who started in place of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, scored three goals for Portugal.

Defenders Pepe (33'), Raphaël Guerreiro (55') and Rafael Leão (90'+2') also scored.

Manuel Akanji scored the consolation goal for the Swiss (55th).

Portugal will face Morocco in the last eight on Saturday (4pm CET), who surprisingly knocked Spain out of the tournament.

Portugal got into the game well, let the ball run, but couldn't get through against the deep-lying Swiss at the beginning.

That changed in the 17th minute.

João Félix put the ball through to Ramos.

The attacker from Benfica Lisbon fired from a tight angle to the short corner, Switzerland keeper Yann Sommer was powerless.

Ramos was in the starting eleven for the first time in an international match, and he only played his fourth international match against Switzerland.

After the goal, Ramos cheered at the corner flag with all his teammates - Ronaldo also joined them.

The Swiss did not take part in the offensive for a long time.

The Confederates only got through after about half an hour, but a free kick from Xherdan Shaqiri went wide of the goal on the right (32nd).

Instead, the Portuguese increased to 2-0.

After a corner from Bruno Fernandes, Pepe climbed the highest and headed the ball into the goal (33').

39-year-old Pepe is now the oldest player to ever score in a knockout round match at a World Cup.

Ramos plays like unleashed

Cristiano Ronaldo also saw the start of the second half from the sidelines and his replacement continued as at the beginning.

After a cross from Diogo Dalot, Ramos was ready in the penalty area and scored his second goal (51st).

Shortly thereafter, Raphaël Guerreiro made the preliminary decision.

After preparatory work by Ramos, the Dortmund professional stayed cool and shot into the right corner (55th).

After a corner, Akanji reduced the lead to 1:4 (58th), but the Swiss couldn't do more that evening.

Instead, Ramos came through again and scored his third goal of the day with a chipball (67th).

Switzerland disappointed across the board.

Huge cheers erupted in the 73rd minute when Ronaldo came on.

The superstar did not manage more than a free kick into the wall and a goal from a clear offside position (84th) (77th).

Ronaldo is still waiting for his first goal in a World Cup knockout game.

Instead, Rafael Leão (90+2) scored to make it 6-1.


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-12-06

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