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Portugal Completely Destroys Switzerland By Scoring Six Goals To Reach The World Cup Quarter Finals

Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick on his complete debut as Portugal crushed Switzerland 6-1 on Tuesday to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals; providing evidence for the shocking decision to bench Cristiano Ronaldo.

Since Pele in 1958, the 21-year-old Ramos; who started in place of Ronaldo, became the youngest player to score three goals in a World Cup quarterfinal game.

Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro and Rafael Leao all scored goals for a dominant Portugal; who qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament in Qatar with a victory against Morocco on Saturday.

Ronaldo; 37, who is now without a club after leaving Manchester United has dominated the headlines throughout the tournament despite appearing to be a shell of his former self.

Ronaldo; the only player to score at five different World Cups, was benched against Switzerland by Fernando Santos due to his irate reaction to being replaced in the last group game.

It was a risky decision to start Ramos; a Benfica striker who had only played 33 minutes in three prior outings, rather than a player with a record 118 international goals.

Ramos, though, scored in a World Cup quarterfinal game after just 17 minutes to repay Santos' confidence and make history by being the first player to do it since Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ramos was gently nipped by Joao Felix's foot as he swiftly swiveled past Fabian Schaer and rifled into the net past Yann Sommer, who was left speechless.

Otavio; who made his injury-affected midfield comeback for Portugal in their opening game, fired straight at Sommer before Ramos followed suit shortly after.

With a dipping free kick from a distance, Xherdan Shaqiri forced Diogo Costa to stop with the tip of his finger but Portugal quickly scored again.

The 39-year-old Pepe towered above the Swiss defense as Bruno Fernandes whipped in a corner and he emphatically headed the ball home.

Diogo Costa mishandled a cross and Remo Freuler's header was cleared off the line by Diogo Dalot. But against an unstoppable Portugal, the Swiss were helpless.

Six minutes into the second half, Ramos converted a cross from the right by Dalot to score his second goal from close range.

Four minutes later as the Swiss defense was mercilessly torn apart, he switched roles by playing in Guerreiro to lash in another.

Ramos also unintentionally flicked a corner towards Manchester City center-back Manuel Akanji as he scored a goal for Switzerland.

After further excellent work from Felix, Ramos completed his treble, casually dinking Sommer with one of his final touches before making room for Ronaldo.

The greatest cheer of the evening was heard when the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was unveiled. Ronaldo did indeed had the ball in the goal, but it was disallowed for a blatant offside.

Leao finished off Portugal's outstanding victory with a fantastic curling goal in stoppage time.

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