Nations League: Ronaldo the hat trick hero as Portugal advances to the finals
Nations League: Ronaldo the hat trick hero as Portugal advances to the finals
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Nations League: Ronaldo the hat trick hero as Portugal advances to the finals

Portugal have progressed to the finals of the Nations League following a 3-1 win over Switzerland in the semi-finals on Wednesday 5th.

Portugal took the lead in the 25th minute through Cristiano Ronaldo who scored a wonderful freekick.  After the start of the second half, Switzerland leveled the scored from the spot, through a controversial penalty. The match seemed destined for a draw and probably extra time but Ronaldo grabbed a brace in the 88th minute before completing his hattrick two minutes later. 

Ronaldo freekick

Ronaldo got past Granit Xhaka with a bit of skill but Mbabu came flying in to tackle, won the ball but brought the Portugal captain down and referee awarded a freekick, right on the edge of the box too. The Juventus striker stepped up 20-25 yards out, and it had done Sommer like a kipper, going into the bottom right corner, to the goalkeeper’s left.

Off the bar

Shaqiri slipped in Mbabu on the overlap, he squared for Seferovic, ahead of Dias and he dug in and got a shot on goal. It looked to be heading in but hit the crossbar and went over.

Penalty

A long ball over the top for Seferovic saw the Swiss striker go down after an arm from Semedo. No penalty was given but the referee had to check VAR. On the other end, Bernardo Silva was clipped by Schar, clear penalty and it was given. However, the official had to look at the Swiss penalty appeal incident first. And after review, there went a huge call which led to boos around the Stadium as the referee gave a penalty to Switzerland.

Rodriguez stepped up, Rui Patricio got a hand to it, but it crept into the bottom left corner and scores were level in the most dramatic and controversial fashion.

Ronaldo brace

Bernardo latched onto a long ball on the right, pulled it back for Ronaldo, 1 5 yards out, he decided to hit it the first time and he restored Portugal’s lead in the 88th minute with a superb effort into the bottom right corner.

Hat trick

Two minutes later, Ronaldo completed his hatrick. Xhaka lost the ball in midfield, Guedes galloped forward and offloaded to Ronaldo on the edge of the box. He cut inside Akanji and found the far corner brilliantly.

Finals

Portugal now will wait for the winner between Netherlands or England with the two sides set to play the second semi-final on Thursday 6th starting from 9:45 PM EAT. 

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