Cristiano Ronaldo speaks on his hat-trick and sends a message to the fans
Cristiano Ronaldo speaks on his hat-trick and sends a message to the fans
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Cristiano Ronaldo speaks on his hat-trick and sends a message to the fans

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as he singlehandedly sent Portugal to the finals of the UEFA Nations League after beating Switzerland 3-1.

Ronaldo gave the hosts the lead with a stunning first-half free-kick that flew into the bottom-right corner before Ricardo Rodriguez leveled in the second period for Switzerland from the penalty spot. However, Ronaldo made the crucial difference late on, sweeping Bernardo Silva's cross into the bottom-right corner, before firing into the same spot 102 seconds later.

The Juventus forward was delighted to score his hat-trick and had a message for the fans, "Clearly these were three very important goals, beautiful goals. Obviously I'm very happy. But the most important is that we won and that the team have qualified for the final, which was our objective.

"I also want to send a message to the fans: they played a fundamental role and supported us a lot. I hope that the final will be full too and that people will support us from start to finish. It will give us the motivation and strength to win this competition."

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