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Saturday 24 August 2019

Ronaldo bags a hat-tick for Portugal win

Portugal 3  Switzerland 1

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal. Pic: Reuters
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal. Pic: Reuters

Evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, including two late goals, to give Portugal a 3-1 win over Switzerland in a Nations League semi-final featuring an extraordinary VAR incident last night.

Ronaldo, 34, blasted Portugal ahead from a free-kick in the first half but the game turned dramatically early in the second.

Awarded

Portugal were awarded a penalty for a foul on Bernardo Silva but the referee then decided to review an incident at the other end which happened immediately beforehand.

He then awarded a spot-kick to the Swiss instead which Ricardo Rodriguez converted in the 57th minute to equalise.

With the game heading for extra time, Ronaldo blasted home from Bernardo Silva's pass in the 88th minute and completed the win by curling the ball past Yann Sommer two minutes later.

It was Ronaldo's 53rd hat-trick for club and country.

A pre-match stat stated that Ronaldo had not scored in any of his last four appearances for Portugal before last night since finding the net against Morocco at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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