Goncalo Ramos nets hat-trick as Portugal thrash Switzerland 6-1

Goncalo Ramos nets hat-trick as Portugal thrash Switzerland 6-1

Portugal had no regrets over dropping Cristiano Ronaldo as his replacement Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick in a superb 6-1 win over Switzerland in the World Cup last 16.

The fallout of Ronaldo’s reaction to his substitution in Portugal’s previous game dominated the build-up to the knock-out clash and his demotion ended a run of 31 games he had started for his country at the tournament finals.

In his absence, his countrymen produced one of the performances of the tournament so far as Portugal reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2006, where Spain’s conquerers Morocco await.

Ramos, his replacement, was five years old when Ronaldo scored his first World Cup goal and needed only 17 minutes to open his account with a thunderous effort that was past Yann Sommer before he could react.

Portugal cemented their advantage before the interval when 39-year-old Pepe became the second-oldest scorer in World Cup history from a corner before Ramos ended the game as a contest with a poacher’s finish at the near post.

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