When he was subbed out in the 65th minute of their 2-1 loss to South Korea, Ronaldo looked visibly frustrated. He was even involved in a verbal altercation with South Korean player Cho Gue-Sung as he left the field. Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos who did not find out about Ronaldo’s reaction to his substitution till after the game was not pleased by it. If you want to know about Portugal dominates the Swiss, click here.
After the game, when asked about the incident by the press, Santos stated that “Right after the match, I spoke in the flash interview, and then went to the press conference, and there I said something I’ll repeat here: on the pitch, I didn’t hear anything. I was too far, and this is why I only saw him arguing with a South Korean player and nothing else. “Have I already watched the footage? Yes. I didn’t like it. Didn’t like it at all. From there, it’s things you sort out internally. It was sorted out this way, and now we think about the game tomorrow. Everyone is focused on the game.”
Despite discussing the matter with Cristiano, Santos declined requests to reveal whether Ronaldo would start against Switzerland. “I only think about what’s good for Portugal and the national team. And the Ronaldo topic is done; we sorted it out internally. It’s all sorted out.” He said. He, however, went on to bench Cristiano Ronaldo in their round of 16 matches.
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First hat trick in Qatar
So far, the 2022 World Cup has not been short of goals, with seasoned stars like Kylian Mbappe (5 goals) and Lionel Messi (3 goals) among the leaders. Mbappe, currently tied with Messi in all-time World Cup goals, scored a brace when France knocked out Poland in the round of 16.
In the Tuesday matchup of Portugal versus Switzerland in the round of 16, Goncalo Ramos scored the tournament’s first hat-trick. In his 4th appearance and second start for Portugal on Tuesday, Ramos netted an opening goal in the 17th minute before adding in the 51st and 67th minutes.
Should Ramos stay in the starting 11?
Before the game against Switzerland, Ronaldo had started in all his World Cup features. The all-time leading goals-scorer has, however, struggled to score only one goal in four games played. A 21-year-old Ramos came in to replace Cristiano and put in a brilliant performance that saw Portugal through to the quarters. Should Goncalo maintain the spot in the starting 11?