Ronaldo opened the night of the Dragao party with a free kick in the right corner of the goal, leaving goalkeeper Yann Sommer rooted on the spot. The Swiss watchman judged the wrong direction of the ball, preventing him from returning to block Ronaldo’s kick. Switzerland almost equalized at the end of the first half when Haris Seferovic finished licking the crossbar of the Portuguese goal.
The visitors had a goal in the second half after VAR’s dramatic intervention. First, referee Felix Brych pointed to Portugal’s 11-meter mark after Bernardo Silva was fouled within 16m50. However, he received a help signal and after watching the video was exchanged for Switzerland to get a penalty by Nelson Semedo pushed back with Steven Zuber in the situation just before.
On the 11-meter mark, Ricardo Rodriguez helped Switzerland equalize. The game drifted to the last minutes and seemed to have to play extra time, Ronaldo proved superstar quality at the decisive moment. Two consecutive goals from the 34-year-old’s forte put Portugal into the Nations League final for the first time.
Ronaldo made a shot to the ball alive after the cross of Bernardo Silva. In the counterattack situation, the Juventus striker had a familiar reversal before finishing in the far corner to set the score 3-1. This is Ronaldo’s 88th goal in the national shirt, and has the 53rd hat-trick in his career. Victory over Switzerland helped Portugal gain access to the Nations League final on June 9. They will meet the winning team between England and the Netherlands in the second semi-final which took place on the evening of 6/6.
Ronaldo played only two of Portugal’s last eight matches and did not participate in the Nations League group stage campaign. Ronaldo’s thirst for goal for the national team lasted 350 days and he had strong answers for those who doubted his role in the national team. The three goals against Switzerland are all Ronaldo situations. A direct free-kick goes straight into the corner of the goal, a flashy finish and a reversal situation before scoring. Ronaldo is the key to help Portugal overcome Switzerland play firmly and determination in Dragao.