Ronaldo’s first game in the Nations League

Cristiano Ronaldo’s bagged his 7th career hattrick for Portugal, as the host cruised to a 3-1 win over Switzerland at the Estadio Do Dragao.

Although, the visitors dominated the possession, but they weren’t clinical enough on the day.

Ronaldo, though, had the final say when he struck twice during the closing three minutes to complete his hat-trick.

Line-ups:

Portugal XI: Rui Patricio; Semedo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Guerreiro; William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes, Neves, Bernardo Silva; Joao Felix, Cristiano

Switzerland XI: Sommer; Mbabu, Akanji, Schar, Ricardo Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka, Zakaria, Zuber; Shaqiri, Seferovic.

Switzerland had the first real chance of the game, as Shaqiri was denied from close range by Patricio.

Portugal were awarded a free kick, after Ronaldo was fouled outside the box by Kevin M’babu.

Cristiano stepped up and dispatched a perfect free-kick, which wrong footed Yan Sommer in the Swiss goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo is still firing at the age of 34
Picture Courtesy: FIFA

Earlier, Cristiano failed to put the ball in the net, after Bernardo Silva played him on.

Switzerland had a great chance, but Haris Seferovic shot just clipped the top of the bar.

However, Debutant Joao Felix had a chance too increase the lead just before the half, after he was found brilliantly by Cristiano Ronaldo. But, the 19-year-old striker lacked composure and physicality.

In the second half, Portugal were awarded a penalty, but, VAR overturned the decision. Instead, Switzerland were awarded a penalty for a foul on Zuber on the other side.

Ricardo Rodriguez stepped up to slot the ball past Patricio.

Shaqiri was causing all sorts of problems, but the finishing wasn’t as good as his services.

Ronaldo, though, had the final say when he struck twice during the closing three minutes to complete his hat-trick.

Bernardo Silva cut the ball back for the Juventus man to drive past Yann Sommer and Ronaldo then made sure of a place in Sunday’s final against either England or Holland with another fine low finish.

Portugal haven’t lost a competitive game on home soil since, 2014 when they’re beaten 1-0 by Albania.

 

 

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