Portugal v Switzerland: Globe Cup 2022 final 16 – reside | Environment Cup 2022

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Why Cristiano Ronaldo has been dropped (maybe)

Crew information: Ronaldo dropped

Fernando Santos was not joking: he’s dropped Cristiano Ronaldo, seemingly in response to Ronaldo effing and jeffing when he was taken off from South Korea. Either that or he has used Ronaldo’s outburst as an justification to drop a participant who is sadly past it.

We’ll have the complete line-ups soon.

Tonight’s winner will enjoy Morocco or Spain in the quarter-finals. That match is about to go penalties, and John Brewin politely requests your enterprise.

The story so far

Portugal turned it on the next fifty percent to defeat Ghana 3-2 and Uruguay 2- and qualify with a video game to spare. A substantially-changed side dropped 2-1 to South Korea, but they still won the team.

Switzerland did the necessary towards Cameroon, with Breel Embolo scoring the only aim in opposition to the country of his start. Then they shed a restricted match to Brazil, which established up a winner-normally takes-all clash with Serbia. Switzerland had the draw, way too, but they didn’t need it: they arrived from behind to gain a thrilling, spiky sport 3-2.

Preamble

Let’s get a single point very clear from the commence: this could be a very long evening. With the doable exception of Japan v Croatia – and look how that turned out – Portugal v Switzerland generally felt like the closest match in the very last 16. I’m not declaring we really should soar straight to the penalty shootout right now, but I’m not holding out a lot hope of observing The White Lotus at 9pm.

No matter whether it is by using penalties or not, one of these sides will realize something very exceptional in the subsequent several hrs. Switzerland haven’t won a Earth Cup knockout game – or even scored a aim in one particular – due to the fact 1954, and Portugal, surprisingly for this kind of a celebrated football country, have only achieved the past 8 on two situations. The 1st was in 1966, Eusebio and all that, and the next in 2006. There’s one particular survivor from that tournament in the present-day squad you know his name.

Kick off 7pm GMT, 10pm in Qatar, 8pm in Lisbon and Bern.