Watch: Goncalo Ramos scoring hat-trick vs Switzerland in Portugal’s Qatar World Cup quarterfinal win

Ramos became the youngest player to score a hat-trick a FIFA World Cup knockout match since Pele in 1958.

Portugal forward Goncalo Ramos celebrates after scoring his hat-trick and the team’s fifth goal during the FIFA World Cup 2022 quarterfinals game against Switzerland at Lusail Stadium, Qatar, on December 6, 2022.

Portugal forward Goncalo Ramos celebrates after scoring his hat-trick and the team’s fifth goal during the FIFA World Cup 2022 quarterfinals game against Switzerland at Lusail Stadium, Qatar, on December 6, 2022. | Photo Credit: AFP

Ramos became the youngest player to score a hat-trick a FIFA World Cup knockout match since Pele in 1958.

It was the first time coach Fernando Santos had picked young Goncalo Ramos in Portugal’s starting lineup in the FIFA World Cup 2022. It was a bold call by Santos as he benched the team’s most experienced striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, in a high-voltage knockout game against Switzerland to bring in a 21-year-old Benfica forward on the pitch.

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Before this game, Ramos had played just 33 minutes across three previous appearances.

The move paid dividends, with Ramos powering Portugal to the quarterfinals, scoring a hat-trick against Switzerland in a 6-1 win. He became the youngest player to strike three times in a World Cup knockout match since Pele in 1958.

In the 17th minute, Ramos backed Santos’ move by scoring Portugal’s first goal.

Joao Felix clipped delicately into the feet of Ramos, who quickly swivelled past Fabian Schaer and launched a left-footed strike into the roof of the net past a stunned Yann Sommer.

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Ramos got his second and Portugal’s third goal from close range six minutes into the second half from Dalot’s cross down the right.

He eventually completed his treble after more outstanding work from Felix, nonchalantly dodging Sommer with one of his final touches.

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