Portugal will play giant slayers Morocco after they battered Switzerland on Tuesday.
Eko Hot Blog reports that Portugal thrashed Switzerland 6-1 in their Round of 16 clash to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Goncalo Ramos, who replaced the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting lineup, was the hero on Wednesday night at the Lusail Iconic Stadium as he scored three goals for Portugal.
Veteran Pepe, wearing the captain’s armband in Ronaldo’s absence, added to Ramos’ opener in the first half.
Ramos scored his second early in the second half. Raphael Guerreiro added a fourth before the hour mark as Portugal started scoring for fun. Then came the third for Ramos, as the 21-year-old became the first player to score a hat-trick in the knock-out stages of the World Cup since 1990.
Switzerland’s Manuel Akanji turned the ball in at the far post from a beautifully weighted cross for a consolation goal in the 56th minute.
Joao Felix made way for Ronaldo to a huge ovation in the 72nd minute, winning his 195th cap for Portugal. A spectacular effort from the veteran striker in the 82nd minute was ruled offside.
Rafael Leao brought together a wonderful finish in the 91st minute to leave Portugal facing Morocco in the quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon, before England take on France.
Earlier, Morocco reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history.
They beat Spain 3-0 on penalties after neither side managed to score in normal and extra time.
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