Portugal qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup in Qatar as Group H winners, despite losing their final group match 2-1 to South Korea, and have now secured their place in the quarter-finals with a thumping 6-1 win against Switzerland.
Back-to-back wins against Ghana and Uruguay proved enough for Portugal to reach the knockouts. While their pre-match preparations were overshadowed by the furore over Cristiano Ronaldo being dropped to the bench, they went on to thrash the Swiss thanks to a hat-trick from Goncalo Ramos – who displaced Ronaldo – and goals from Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro and Rafael Leao, with their opponents only able to muster up a consolation via Manuel Akanji in response.
Fernando Santos’ side will now face Morocco in the last eight. Expect much debate over whether Ronaldo should return to the starting XI.
Portugal announced their 26-man squad on November 10, which features a raft of Premier League players. …