PLAYER RATINGS: Ramos was near perfection as Ronaldo's replacement

PLAYER RATINGS: Goncalo Ramos was near perfection as Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement for Portugal… but Switzerland’s Fabian Schar and Yann Sommer struggle in last-16 thrashing

  • Portugal advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 6-1 win
  • Goncalo Ramos started in place of Cristiano Ronaldo in Switzerland thrashing
  • Ronaldo came off the bench in the second half but couldn’t find the net
  • Switzerland started the game well but faded badly once Ramos struck early on 

Goncalo Ramos became Portugal’s new hero after starting in place of Cristiano Ronaldo and netting a memorable hat-trick in their 6-1 thrashing of Switzerland.

The result sends Portugal into the quarter-finals of the tournament where they will take on Morocco, and they will be huge favourites to build on their stunning win on Tuesday night. 

Here is how both sets of players rated at the Lusail Stadium 

Portugal celebrate during 6-1 thrashing of Switzerland in their last-16 clash on Tuesday

Diogo Costa – Was passive and hesitant to be left in no-man’s land for Switzerland’s consolation and some of his parries were poor. Not a totally convincing display. 6 

Diogo Dalot – Showing why he is keeping out Joao Cancelo at international level – setting up Ramos’s second goal just after half-time with decent low cross. 6.5

Pepe – Approaching 40 years old but you just wouldn’t know it. Was strong in the air and bullied both Switzerland centre-backs to nod Portugal into a 2-0 lead. 7 

Pepe put in an excellent defensive performance that he marked with a goal in Lusail

Ruben Dias – It looked like he was going to be overawed by Breel Embolo in the early stages but he eventually stood his ground in a solid performance. 7

Raphael Guerreiro – Little to do defensively but was excellent going forward and took his goal incredibly well. 7.5

Otavio – Came into the side and had a tidy game including a well struck first half volley into the ground that was well saved by Sommer. 7

William Carvalho – Not noticeable among the flow of goals but it was his presence that ensured Switzerland never looked like getting back into the game. 6.5

Bernardo Silva – The quietest of Portugal’s attacking players. Couldn’t get into the game and lost possession often before he was withdrawn. 6.5

Bruno Fernandes – Looks at his best when not having to play with Ronaldo and marked his 77th game for his country with an assist. 7

Goncalo Ramos – Could hardly have dreamed of a more perfect evening. Replaced Ronaldo with big pressure on his shoulders and repaid faith in him with a hat-trick. Was though at fault for Switzerland’s consolation after nodding on the ball. 9

Goncalo Ramos scored an incredible hat-trick on his first Portugal start on Tuesday night

Joao Felix – Is starting to build on his early hype and promise. Now seems to have increased his strength and power and has a big future in the team at 23. 8.5

SUBSTITUTES 

Cristiano Ronaldo – Greeted on to the pitch with huge cheers and had a goal ruled out correctly after straying offside. Looked busy enough but the magic is fading. 6

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Rafael Leao – Despite having just seconds to impress the 23-year-old still made his mark on the game with a stoppage time strike 6.5

Vitinha – The game was already won by the time he came on but he would have enjoyed his few minutes winning just his seventh cap. 6

Ricardo Horta – The forward was sent on as a replacement for Ramos but never had the same opportunity to impress. 6

Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench during the second half but couldn’t grab a goal

Switzerland (4-5-1)

Yann Sommer – Poor night for the returning keeper. Collided with defenders and was too cautious on his line, while also being beaten easily for Leao’s late effort. 5

Edimilson Fernandes – Looked strong early on and even produced a teasing low cross but he couldn’t hold the Swtizerland defence together on the right. 5

Yann Sommer endured a poor evening between the sticks for Switzerland after conceding six

Fabian Schar – Dreadful evening. Allowed Ramos to get his shot in for the opening goal, outdone by Pepe in the air for the second and also picked up a booking for a foul on Felix. Hooked at half-time. 4.5

Manuel Akanji – Couldn’t track Pepe’s run for Portugal’s second goal but was on target to grab Switzerland’s consolation goal with a bundled in effort at the far post. 5

Ricardo Rodriguez – No better than any of Switzerland’s other defenders who never looked organised against Portugal’s constant attacks. 5 

Remo Freuler – Could have nodded home in front of Costa after the keeper’s loose handling but otherwise contributed little before being withdrawn. 5

Granit Xhaka – You know it’s a quiet game for the Arsenal midfielder when he doesn’t even get booked but in truth he could get nowhere near a Portugal player. 5

Fabian Schar had a poor first half before replaced at half-time having been booked

Xherdan Shaqiri – Retained his place from the win over Serbia but was never a cause for concern among the Portugal ranks after an anonymous attacking display. 5

Djibril Sow – A few tidy touches in the early stages but soon became just a passenger as Portugal’s attacking stars took over. 5 

Ruben Vargas – A record of just four goals from 30 international caps prior to the last-16 clash soon showed as the forward carried no threat to goal. 5 

Breel Embolo – Looked like he would be a thorn in the Portugal side in the opening 15 minutes but he faded badly as the game wore on before he was replaced. 5

Breel Embolo started brightly for Switzerland but soon faded as Portugal got on top

SUBSTITUTES 

Denis Zakaria – Brought on to try and boost Switzerland’s midfield, only for them to concede a minute later when Guerreiro added Portugal’s fourth goal. 4.5

Haris Seferovic – Thrown on as fresh legs in the last hopes of staging an unlikely comeback but could have played all night without scoring. 5

Eray Comert – Somehow couldn’t improve on Schar’s display after replacing him. Ramos beat him at the near post for Portugal’s third goal and was also booked. 4.5

Noah Okafor – The game had already looked dead at 4-1 when he came on to try and boost Switzerland’s attack, but it only took a minute for Portugal to find the fifth once he entered play. 4.5




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