Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick sends Portugal into UEFA Nations League final
Jun 07 2019
After a Switzerland penalty kick tied the game up early in the second half, extra time looked like a real possibility.
Cristiano Ronaldo is "not in this world" according to Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, who feels clear daylight remains between the Portugal and Juventus star, Lionel Messi and the rest of football's prime talents. His second, on 88 minutes, was a crisp right-foot shot from 12 yards after Bernardo had pulled the ball back from the touchline, leaving Ronaldo to beat Sommer low at the near post.
Thousands of England fans are in Portugal ahead of England'sNations League game against the Netherlands.on Thursday evening.
While he was booking his side's spot in the final, the 34-year-old Portugal captain was also destroying a Switzerland player's career. It was his 88th goal for Portugal in 157 internationals.
"Clearly these were three very important goals, handsome goals", Ronaldo said. CR7 is after the record for the most number of worldwide goals scored by any player which is held by the Iranian Ali Daei (109).
Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic was left to rue a missed opportunity. "Their top player made the difference", he said.
- Portugal have won five of their last eight games against Switzerland (D1 L2), despite conceding in six of those matches.
After a long delay, Brych went to the VAR cabin and reversed the non-call for the first penalty, allowing Rodriguez to convert the spot kick in the 57th minute to level the score.
Jose Fonte recently outlined his praise for the young Portugal global, telling Squawka: "We have Joao Felix - he's a good prospect a good young player who can get there".
Brych had waved away appeals for a foul by Nelson Semedo on Steven Zuber before awarding Portugal a penalty as play broke down at the other end, but overturned his initial decision.