In the quarterfinals the match against Morocco
Demonstration of superiority in all sectors for Portugal who closed the first set against Switzerland, prevailing 6-1 in the round of 16 of Qatar 2022. With Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench and his substitute Goncalo Ramos scoring a hat-trick in his first holder of the World Cup, the Lusitanians qualify for the quarterfinals of a World Cup for the fourth time in its history, where they will challenge Morocco, Spain’s executioner, for a place in the semifinals. Storyless match right from the start at Al Daayen’s Lusail Stadium, with Fernando Santos’ team already in the 2nd minute through Bruno Fernandes trying to take the lead.
The goal came shortly after: in the 17th minute Gonçalo Ramos scored. The Benfica striker received the ball inside the box from Joao Felix and sent the ball under the cross from an off center position, surprising Sommer. Gonçalo Ramos at 21 years and 169 days is the second youngest Portuguese player to score in a World Cup since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2006 (21 years and 132 days, against Iran in that case). In the 29th minute Switzerland came close to equalizing with a left footed shot from a free kick by Shaqiri and full post by the former Inter.
The Swiss stopped at the post and Portugal scored again in the 33rd minute with an imperious header from Pepe who anticipated everyone and converted Bruno Fernandes’ cross from the corner flag. Switzerland tries to get back into the game in the 38th minute but Diogo Dalot’s save is providential. In the 43rd minute Bernardo Silva serves Goncalo Ramos, a diagonal low shot by the Benfica striker but Sommer extends to concede a corner kick.
At the beginning of the second half, Portugal spread. Tris in the 51st minute again with Gonçalo Ramos, who converted Diogo Dalot’s cross and with a lightning-fast turn at the near post. The Lusitanians ramped up and in the 55th minute Raphaël Guerreiro dropped poker, who accepted Ramos’ suggestion and hurled a fireball under the crossbar. In the 58th minute Switzerland made the defeat less bitter with Manuel Akanji’s goal, who shortened the distance with a winning paw following a corner from the right.
The joy didn’t last long and in the 67th minute the 5-1 manita arrived again thanks to Gonçalo Ramos, who, perfectly primed by Joao Felix, overtook Sommer with an elegant dig and scored his personal hat-trick. In the 73rd minute Cr7 came in for Joao Felix. The number 7 came close to the net on a couple of occasions and had a goal disallowed for offside. In the final, AC Milan player Rafael Leao also puts his signature who in the 92nd minute invents a shot that slips into the far corner to close the Lusitanian party.