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Portugal v Switzerland Live Commentary, 06/12/2022

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6 - 1
POR
SUI
Gonçalo Ramos (17)
Pepe (33)
Gonçalo Ramos (51)
Raphaël Guerreiro (55)
Gonçalo Ramos (67)
Rafael Leão (90+2)
M. Akanji (58)
Lusail Iconic Stadium

Commentary

The World Cup quarter-finals are all confirmed then, and Portugal will face Morocco in Doha this weekend. On this evidence, Santos' men could go all the way. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Portugal are only the second team in the 21st century to score six or more goals in a World Cup knockout stage match since Germany famously beat Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 semi-final. This result isn't quite as seismic, but it's just as impressive. Switzerland didn't know what hit them. They've had a good tournament, but they'll be disappointed with how they lost this.
Portugal have strolled into the World Cup quarter-finals with a memorable performance! They've utterly thrashed Switzerland in Lusail. The headlines will deservedly go to Ramos for his hat-trick, but this was a true team effort from the Portuguese. Fernando Santos got every decision he had to make right. The Swiss looked beaten by half-time and were.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: PORTUGAL 6-1 SWITZERLAND
90' + 3' Vitinha earns Portugal one last corner down their right. He swings it in and Dias mistimes his header. No matter. That's it!
Raphaël Guerreiro
Assist
Portugal
90' + 2' All Guerreiro had to do there was find Leao, and the winger did the rest. Portugal have been fantastic to a man all game.
Rafael Leão
Goal
Portugal
90' + 2' GOAL! PORTUGAL 6-1 SWITZERLAND! Leao caps a spectacular Portuguese performance with a wonderful goal! The substitute receives the ball from Guerreiro, cuts inside from the left and curls an unstoppable shot past the wrong-footed Sommer.
90' The offside flag goes up against Okafor, who gets a block out of Pepe. There'll be four more minutes of this.
A. Jashari
B. Embolo
Switzerland
89' Embolo leaves the pitch, having done the best he can for Switzerland. It's not his fault they're being beaten so heavily. Jashari replaces him.
Rafael Leão
Bruno Fernandes
Portugal
87' Portugal make a late substitution. Bruno Fernandes off. Leao on.
87' Comert sticks a leg out to beat Ronaldo to a Portuguese pass over the top. It looks like this won't be Ronaldo's game.
86' Okafor jinks inside from the left but finds his path to goal blocked. Portugal have been excellent with and without the ball.
84' Ronaldo darts in behind the Swiss defence and finds the back of the net with a confident finish, but he's offside by several yards. He doesn't celebrate, as he knows.
82' Pepe heads away Rodriguez' cross from the left. Bruno Fernandes gets caught on the follow-through but it's entirely accidental.
Rúben Neves
Bernardo Silva
Portugal
81' Silva gets the last 10 minutes off after a solid display for Portugal. Neves replaces him.
81' Xhaka meets Shaqiri's delivery with a header that's got plenty of power but not enough accuracy. Portugal will make another change.
80' Embolo goes for an overhead kick on the edge of the box. It deflects off Dalot's head and out for a Swiss corner.
80' Ramos is the first player to score a hat-trick on his first World Cup start since Miroslav Klose for Germany in 2002. Let's hope he has a similarly long and successful career.
78' Portugal force Switzerland to pass back to Sommer, who promptly gives the ball away from a long kick. Embolo reclaims it for the Swiss.
76' Portugal get a free-kick in a central position, though it's quite far from the edge of the area. Ronaldo prepares to take it and smashes it straight into Switzerland's defensive wall.
Ricardo Horta
Gonçalo Ramos
Portugal
74' Ramos is last to go off, having grabbed his hat-trick. He's had a game he'll never forget. Horta comes on for Portugal.
Vitinha
Otávio
Portugal
74' Otavio is next to make way after an efficient midfield performance. Vitinha replaces him.
Cristiano Ronaldo
João Félix
Portugal
73' Felix is the man to make way for Ronaldo. CR7 trots onto the pitch for Portugal.
72' Ronaldo is getting ready to come on for Portugal. The volume level of the crowd has suddenly gone up by several notches.
71' Switzerland earn another corner down their right as Zakaria's shot gets blocked. It sails over everyone and out for a throw-in.
69' Portugal nearly score again! Guerreiro clips a neat cross towards Fernandes, who sticks a leg out at the far post but can't connect with it.
João Félix
Assist
Portugal
67' The speed and precision of Portugal's attacks in this match have been something to behold. Felix wasted no time in freeing Ramos there, and the youngster made the most of the chance he'd been given.
Gonçalo Ramos
Goal
Portugal
67' GOAL! PORTUGAL 5-1 SWITZERLAND! It's a hat-trick goal for Ramos! Portugal win the second ball from a long pass. Felix sends the 21-year-old running into the box, and he dinks the ball past Sommer into the bottom left corner.
N. Okafor
R. Vargas
Switzerland
66' Switzerland substitution. Vargas goes off. On comes Okafor in his place.
65' Switzerland get a prolonged spell on the ball, working it down their right to earn another corner. Shaqiri squanders it by shooting over from way out.
63' Switzerland have switched to a 4-3-3 formation. It was clear in the first half that going with a back three was the wrong approach to this game. It looks to have cost them massively.
61' Switzerland are improving but it's surely too late for them at this stage. Shaqiri spots the run of Zakaria, who gets a corner out of Carvalho. Portugal clear it.
E. Cömert
Yellow Card
Switzerland
59' Switzerland's substitute Comert is shown a yellow card for dragging Bruno Fernandes down by his jaw.
M. Akanji
Goal
Switzerland
58' GOAL! PORTUGAL 4-1 SWITZERLAND! Switzerland pull a goal back through Akanji from the corner as he's first to a flick-on. Surely it won't be more than a consolation for the Swiss?
57' Switzerland try to grab a goal to make the scoreline slightly less painful. They end up earning a corner down their right.
Gonçalo Ramos
Assist
Portugal
55' Ramos may be on a hat-trick, but he knew he had Guerreiro free to his left and wisely chose to find him instead. Portugal have been a joy to watch in this game.
Raphaël Guerreiro
Goal
Portugal
55' GOAL! PORTUGAL 4-0 SWITZERLAND! This is becoming a complete rout! Otavio's backwards flick sets off a Portuguese counter-attack. Ramos slips Guerreiro into the box, and the left-back lashes confidently into the net!
H. Seferović
D. Sow
Switzerland
54' The anonymous Sow also makes way. Seferovic goes up front for Switzerland.
D. Zakaria
R. Freuler
Switzerland
54' Switzerland decide more changes are needed. Zakaria replaces Freuler in midfield.
54' Pepe gets his head on the end of the corner but can't quite find Felix with the knockdown. Switzerland are looking distinctly second best.
53' Portugal are by no means settling for three goals. Felix drags a shot wide from the edge of the box via a deflection. It'll be another Portuguese corner.
Gonçalo Ramos
Goal
Portugal
51' GOAL! PORTUGAL 3-0 SWITZERLAND! Portugal have one foot in the World Cup quarter-finals! Ramos steals in at the near post to convert Dalot's low cross past Sommer.
50' Bruno Fernandes drifts through the middle and attempts to pick out Ramos at the far post. The move gets cut out but Portugal keep coming...
48' Akanji blocks a left-wing cross to hand Portugal a corner. It's flicked on to Rodriguez, who prods it away.
46' Portugal get the second half started. They're 45 minutes from their first World Cup quarter-final in 16 years.
E. Cömert
F. Schär
Switzerland
46' Switzerland make a half-time substitution. Schar, who looked off in the first half, makes way for Comert at centre-back.
On the statistical surface, this match has been fairly even. The difference is that Portugal have been far more vibrant and clinical. The Swiss have been slow starters throughout this tournament, failing to score a first-half goal in three of their four games. They need to improve massively in the second half to save themselves now.
Few teams have had a better first half at this World Cup than Portugal have just had. The Selecao have been magnificent, taking the lead through young Ramos' rocket before their elder statesman Pepe made it 2-0 from a corner. Switzerland haven't been able to cope with their dynamism.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: PORTUGAL 2-0 SWITZERLAND
45' + 3' Shaqiri tries and fails to keep the ball in play near the byline. Switzerland haven't really clicked yet. Their formation change may be to blame.
45' + 2' Schar hooks out for a corner as Dalot chases after a direct ball from the back. Portugal take it short and Guerreiro lets fly, firing over from range.
45' Felix shows fantastic skill to carry Portugal upfield. Bruno Fernandes is spoilt for choice with passing options and opts for none of them, giving away possession. There'll be at least four added minutes before half-time.
F. Schär
Yellow Card
Switzerland
43' Schar's booked for a foul earlier in that last Portugal move as he steamed into the back of Felix.
42' Sommer stops Switzerland from going further behind! The Swiss goalkeeper makes a fantastic stop to prevent Ramos from slotting into the bottom right corner. Portugal have to settle for a corner.
41' Shaqiri gets shrugged off the ball by Bruno Fernandes. The Manchester United man aims towards the box from the right, but gets his delivery all wrong.
39' Chance for Switzerland! Edmilson Fernandes' first-time cross is spilt by Costa, and Dalot clears Freuler's tame header off the line. Schar's follow-up is off target. The Swiss have been sluggish in this first half, but they're still in this game.
37' Pepe is now the oldest player to score in the World Cup knockout stages at 39 years and 283 days. There's hope for all of us!
35' Felix reaches the byline and hangs the ball up for Ramos, who is racing towards the far post. There's too much power on the cross, but Portugal are playing some lovely stuff.
Bruno Fernandes
Assist
Portugal
33' Bruno Fernandes' ball in for Pepe was excellent, although Switzerland's marking wasn't great. No matter. Portugal are two goals to the good!
Pepe
Goal
Portugal
33' GOAL! PORTUGAL 2-0 SWITZERLAND! Bruno Fernandes swings in the corner. The evergreen Pepe rises to meet it and connects with a thumping header into the net! Sommer's never keeping that out!
32' Felix floats a wicked ball into Switzerland's box that Schar is forced to head out for a corner. Portugal have started this game extremely well.
30' Dias brings an end to a Switzerland run through the middle, conceding a free-kick. Shaqiri sends Costa scampering low to his left to concede a corner. Bruno Fernandes clears it.
28' More on Ramos' goal. The 21-year-old has become the youngest player to score for Portugal in a World Cup knockout match. In fact, he took 17 minutes to score more goals at this stage of a World Cup than Ronaldo has in 514 minutes. Fernando Santos appears to have made the right call in starting him.
26' Vargas takes on Dalot down Switzerland's left and tries to find the right ball in. Portugal quickly shut the door on the winger.
24' Schar is temporarily down injured. Thankfully, the Swiss centre-back is soon up and able to continue.
22' Switzerland are having problems with Ramos! Silva picks the striker out on the edge of the box. He proceeds to beat Schar and fire at Sommer, who makes a comfortable save.
21' Guerreiro escapes down the left, and Ramos waits in the box. The left-back's delivery leaves much to be desired, but Portugal soon get a second crack of the whip as Otavio hits a volley into the turf and into the arms of Sommer.
19' Switzerland are taking a while to regroup after that goal out of nothing. Freuler treads on Pepe's outstretched foot to concede a free-kick.
João Félix
Assist
Portugal
17' Felix can claim the assist, but that goal was all Ramos. He wouldn't have expected to start ahead of Ronaldo, but he's already made the most of his opportunity!
Gonçalo Ramos
Goal
Portugal
17' GOAL! PORTUGAL 1-0 SWITZERLAND! What a goal by Ramos on his first international start! The 21-year-old receives a pass from Felix in the box from a throw-in, takes a touch and wallops the ball into the top left corner past Sommer at his near post.
16' Portugal keep possession in their own half, not threatening to do anything in particular. Switzerland are sitting pretty right now.
14' There's space down the right for Pepe to run into, so the veteran does. His hopeful cross towards the box doesn't quite reach the arriving Felix.
12' Switzerland are playing a 3-5-2 with Shaqiri and Embolo up top. They're happy keeping things tight and making it difficult for Portugal to play through them.
10' It's been a quiet start to the match, in part because Switzerland are playing with a back three. Edmilson Fernandes, playing at right wing-back, sends in a cross which sails harmlessly out of play.
8' Pepe wrestles Shaqiri to the turf to hand Switzerland a free-kick.
6' Embolo smacks the ball against Pepe in the box and earns Switzerland their first corner of the game. They take it short before flinging it towards Schar. Portugal escape their own third as Otavio gets fouled.
4' Embolo catches an innocuous arm to the face from Dias as they tussle for the ball near the touchline. The Switzerland striker soon gets to his feet.
2' Portugal enjoy the first attack of the game. Rodriguez punts clear as Bruno Fernandes hovers on the edge of the box.
1' After the national anthems of both countries are played, Switzerland get this game underway!
This is the third meeting between Portugal and Switzerland this year, with each team having won a game apiece in the Nations League. Their only previous clash at a major tournament saw Switzerland win 2-0 at Euro 2008. Will the Swiss be victorious again here?
Switzerland make two changes to their team from their 3-2 victory over Serbia last week. Sommer returns in goal. Edimilson Fernandes starts at right-back.
Portugal revert to their first team after their 2-1 defeat to South Korea in their final group game. The headline change out of their eight from that game is that Ronaldo starts on the bench for the first time at a major tournament since 2008, ending a 31-game streak as a starter.
SUBS: Jonas Omlin, Gregor Kobel, Philipp Kohn, Nico Elvedi, Denis Zakaria, Haris Seferovic, Renato Steffen, Michel Aebischer, Christian Fassnacht, Eray Comert, Noah Okafor, Fabian Frei, Fabian Rieder, Ardon Jashari.
SWITZERLAND (4-2-3-1): Yann Sommer, Ricardo Rodriguez, Manuel Akanji, Fabian Schar, Edimilson Fernandes, Granit Xhaka, Remo Freuler, Ruben Vargas, Djibril Sow, Xherdan Shaqiri, Breel Embolo.
SUBS: Rui Patricio, Jose Sa, Joao Palhinha, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva, Rafael Leao, Vitinha, Joao Mario, Ruben Neves, Joao Cancelo, Ricardo Horta, Matheus Nunes, Antonio Silva:
PORTUGAL (4-3-3): Diogo Costa, Raphael Guerreiro, Ruben Dias, Pepe, Diogo Dalot, Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho, Otavio, Joao Felix, Gonçalo Ramos, Bruno Fernandes.
Switzerland are chasing a first World Cup quarter-final since 1954. The Swiss won two of their games in the group stage and could now win three games at a single World Cup for the first time in their history. A match against this tournament's surprise package Morocco awaits the victors here. It's on!
Portugal come into this match looking to make it to the World Cup quarter-finals for just the third time after 1966 and 2006. The Selecao may have safely navigated Group H, but they have failed to win any of their last five World Cup knockout games. That recent record will need to change if they want to progress further in this tournament.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this 2022 FIFA World Cup round-of-16 match between Portugal and Switzerland.at Lusail Stadium.