Portugal exhibited a stunning performance as Ronaldo’s replacement, Ramos scored hat-trick in a 6:1 win over Switzerland.
Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped by Portugal head coach Fernando Santos for the World Cup encounter with Switzerland and his replacement Goncalo Ramos scored a stunning hat-trick fires his country into semifinals.
Portugal boss Fernando Santos sprung a huge surprise by leaving the leading goalscorer in history of international football on the bench. A 21-year-old making his first international start promptly stole the show.
Ramos violently crashed a 17th-minute shot into the top corner before a man 18 years his senior, veteran centre-back Pepe, become the second-oldest goalscorer at the World Cup behind Cameroon great Roger Milla.
There was nothing backward looking or nostalgic about this Portugal side, though, as Ramos and Raphael Guerriero put the game to bed early in the second half. After Manuel Akanji, one of Switzerland’s bedraggled defenders, pulled one back, Ramos secured the matchball and substitute Rafael Leao rifled home a show-stopping sixth.