Portugal vs Switzerland FIFA LIVE Football Score 06/12/2022
Switzerland were really passive against Brazil and didn’t manage a shot on target, but their other games in Qatar give us a better idea of what to expect from them here. Portugal have some excellent players but the Swiss will be full of confidence after the way they overcame Serbia to get to the last 16. They also beat Portugal when they played them in the Nations League in June. This will be close and I have a feeling Cristiano Ronaldo will have a big say in the outcome – although not necessarily in a positive way. It is a risk-versus-reward scenario for Portugal if they pick Ronaldo, because his influence on the team is massive, but they might have a better starter who should be in the side.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will take on Switzerland in the round of 16 clash at the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Wednesday. However, ahead of the knockout tie a poll conducted by a Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola showed a surprising outcome. The poll revealed that 70 percent of local fans don’t want Ronaldo to feature in the starting XI. The survey carried by A Bola asked fans: “Should Cristiano Ronaldo keep his title in the National Team?” A few of the comments were also published by the newspaper. “What is the reason, why have you been a starter? He wasn’t a starter at the club, he’s not in shape, he says he wants to fight for titles, but every 7 days he’s sick, he doesn’t feel like training, whatever the excuse. .Such rude, I’ve never seen!”
They also shared positive comments on the talismanic footballer. “Portugal in doubt? Why? The time we talk about Ronaldo. Everyone wants to see him fall… but in Portugal we have a leader, a champion, a winner. Never has a Portuguese been so scared as him. Ronaldo is not just the goals. Only to his presence give freedom to others. His World Cup will start now.” Meanwhile, another highlighted the recent controversy Ronaldo was involved in after his explosive interview with British journalist Piers Morgan, following which he was released by his boyhood club Manchester United.The comment read: “He shouldn’t have even been called up after everything that happened in
Manchester. He had the opportunity to be the leader in this selection, but he is being an obstacle. He’s crumbling the image he’s built of himself. Lose him and lose the selection. This is no longer CR7, it’s CR37.” Portugal, who were pooled in Group H alongside Uruguay, Ghana, and South Korea finished top in their group. They started their campaign with a 3-2 win over Ghana, which also saw Ronaldo score a record-breaking goal. The 2016 European champions then went to eke a 2-0 win over Uruguay, before going 1-2 down against South Korea. After both qualified for the World Cup knockout phase with two wins from three, Group H winners Portugal meet Group G runners-up Switzerland at Lusail Stadium on Tuesday.
In one of just two all-European ties amid a diverse last 16, two teams who experienced very different fortunes in their final group fixtures contest a precious place in the quarter-finals. A successful start to their Qatar 2022 campaign left Portugal needing just a point in the final round of group matches to be certain of finishing first, and qualification for the knockout stages had already been assured. When Ricardo Horta – one of a number of fresh faces introduced for the occasion by coach Fernando Santos – put them ahead against South Korea in the fifth minute, it seemed the Selecao would stroll straight through. Yet, their opponents staged one of several comebacks that have characterised the finals’ first fortnight: equalising before the break and then producing a dramatic 91st-minute strike to condemn them to a 2-1 defeat.
Despite suffering their first setback, Uruguay’s victory over Ghana sealed Portugal’s progress as Group H top dogs, and they now seek to successfully negotiate the last 16 for the first time since 2006, when they ultimately finished fourth in Germany. Having seen his side start their World Cup by beating Ghana 3-2 and then adding a 2-0 win against Uruguay last Monday, when Bruno Fernandes found the net twice, Euro 2016 winner Santos can feasibly aim to break new ground this winter.
A Eusebio-inspired Portugal finished third at the 1966 World Cup, but for all their success at youth level the Iberian nation has never made it to a senior global final. Indeed, two of their last three campaigns ended in the first knockout round. With speculation still raging about the form and fitness of one-man record machine Cristiano Ronaldo, Santos must get his team selection spot on in Lusail, as the Selecao encounter familiar opposition with a proven track-record in major finals. When they last met their Swiss counterparts in the UEFA Nations League earlier this year, there were two very different outcomes in the space of a few days: Portugal were comprehensive 4-0 winners in Lisbon – with Ronaldo bagging a first-half brace – before Switzerland then turned the tables with a 1-0 victory in Geneva.
After that summertime win in the Nations League, Switzerland went on to beat both Spain and the Czech Republic in the same competition, before kicking off their improbable quest for a first World Cup by winning two of their first three games in Qatar. A point was thought to be enough for the second-placed Nati to qualify from Group G, after their 1-0 defeat of Cameroon was followed by a loss to Brazil by the same scoreline, but Cameroon’s incredible success against the Brazilians completely changed the picture.
It therefore took a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Serbia in the sides’ fiery encounter at Stadium 974 – during which 11 players were booked by the referee – to seal progress to the last 16. Goals from Breel Embolo, Remo Freuler and opening scorer Xherdan Shaqiri – who celebrated by shushing the Serbian fans who jeered his every touch – saw them through, as Granit Xhaka narrowly escaped receiving a red card at the end of a tempestuous encounter. The Swiss have never before won three matches at a single World Cup finals, and have failed to reach the quarter-finals in their past seven attempts, but just 90 minutes – plus perhaps a little more – now separates Murat Yakin’s side from such a feat this year.
Not since they hosted the World Cup in 1954 have Switzerland reached the last eight, but having seen off neighbours and reigning world champions France to make the quarters at last year’s Euros, a squad well versed in the ebbs and flows of knockout football will surely fancy their chances on Tuesday.
With progress assured from Group H, Fernando Santos used the opportunity to make six changes to his Portugal XI last time out, but the notoriously conservative coach should revert to type on Tuesday night. Only given his first Benfica start in August, 19-year-old defender Antonio Silva was handed his competitive debut against South Korea alongside veteran campaigner Pepe – a man 20 years his senior. The youngest Portuguese player to feature at the World Cup may make way, though, as Ruben Dias returns to the back four; Diogo Dalot made a big impression on his first World Cup start so could be retained.
Though captain Cristiano Ronaldo was one of three players replaced after 65 minutes on Friday, the Selecao’s record goalscorer starts up front once again, with Andre Silva and another Benfica prospect, Goncalo Ramos, consigned to the bench. Nuno Mendes was ruled out of the rest of the tournament last week due to injury, while Danilo remains sidelined after sustaining fractured ribs; Otavio remains doubtful too. Switzerland will be hoping stalwart goalkeeper Yann Sommer can return to bolster their back line at Lusail Stadium, after missing their final Group G match due to illness. With 30 clean sheets and innumerable crucial saves across his 76 caps for the Nati, Sommer would come back in for Borussia Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel if available.
There is every chance that Murat Yakin’s side will be otherwise unchanged, as Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler provide the midfield screen ahead of a well-drilled defence and Breel Embolo leads the line up front. Ruben Vargas and Xherdan Shaqiri provide support from out wide, though both Christian Fassnacht and Renato Steffen offer alternatives on either flank.