Portugal crushes Switzerland to storm into quarter-finals
News Desk || risingbd.com
Portuguese soccer player Gonçalo Ramos turned a surprise starting assignment into a memorable World Cup moment, scoring a stunning hat-trick.
A slick Portugal thrashed Switzerland 6-1 on Tuesday to storm into the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 2006.
Ramos was placed into the starting lineup for none other than superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos took the brave call to bench Cristiano Ronaldo and was rewarded with an artful display from his side as they set up a last-eight clash with Morocco, who stunned Spain in a penalty shootout earlier Tuesday.
So when Ramos began his starting stint, the story was, youngster replaces legend. By the end of his stint, the story was, at least for this night, "who needs a legend?"
Ramos became the first player to score three goals, a hat trick, at this World Cup, and the first since 2002, with a hat trick in his first ever World Cup start.
Ramos, who previously had only scored one international goal, netted one in the first half and two more in the second.