Portugal coach Fernando Santos commented on the victory over Switzerland (6:1) in the match of the 1/8 finals of the 2022 World Cup:
“Not a perfect match, but it was a very successful evening. Mood, concentration at every moment of the game. It was a great game, but now the most important thing is not to lose this attitude.
Why did Goncalo Ramos start instead of Cristiano Ronaldo? I already explained it, I won’t explain it again. These are different players.
Conflict with Ronaldo? We don’t have any problems. We have known each other for many years and work great. The coach must be able to make decisions. And this situation will not change our relationship. I have already explained everything. And Cristiano proved himself to be a real captain.”
21-year-old Goncalo Ramos, coming out at the base instead of Cristiano Ronaldo, scored the first hat-trick at the 2022 World Cup. The Portugal national team reached the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, where they will play against the team of Morocco.