Portugal beats Switzerland 6-1 without Ronaldo

Written By Lara Silva

Portugal scored 6 goals against Switzerland, making it Portugal’s biggest-ever victory in the knockout rounds of the World Cup.

In this 6-1 victory, Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos opted to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with Gonçalo Ramos, who was the man of the night, scoring three goals on his first international start.

Portugal has reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the third time, after 2006 and 1966.

At 17′, Gonçalo Ramos scored his first goal with an assist by Felix. Pepe then took the match to 2 – 0 at 33′ after an assist by Bruno Fernandes. The first half of the game showed Portugal in the lead, playing a strong game.

A few minutes into the second half, Gonçalo Ramos scores at 51′, taking the match to 3 – 0. At 55′, Raphael Guerreiro scores after an assist by Ramos.

Three minutes later, at 58′, Manuel Akani scores for Switzerland, taking the match to 4 – 1.

At 67, Gonçalo Ramos scores the 5th goal after another Felix assist.

Cristiano Ronaldo enters the game at 73′, substituting Joao Felix. Ricardo Horta replaces Gonçalo Ramos, and Rafael Leao replaces Bruno Fernandes.

At 90 + 2′, Rafael Leao scores the final 6th goal after receiving the ball from Guerreiro. 

Portugal – Switzerland Game Stats

Possession

  • Portugal 47%
  • Switzerland 53%

Shots

  • Portugal 15
  • Switzerland 10

Shots on Target

  • Portugal 9
  • Switzerland 3

Passes

  • Portugal 449
  • Switzerland 488

Pass Accuracy

  • Portugal 82%
  • Switzerland 84%

Fouls

  • Portugal 12
  • Switzerland 10

Yellow Cards

  • Portugal 0
  • Switzerland 2

Red Cards

  • Portugal 0
  • Switzerland 0

Portugal will next play against Morocco on Saturday, December 10, in the quarter-finals.

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