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World Cup highlights Gonçalo Ramos hat trick lifts Portugal to 6-1 win over Switzerland

Gonçalo Ramos scored three times for Portugal against Switzerland after starting in place of Cristiano Ronaldo. (Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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The final game of the World Cup’s round of 16 featured Portugal and Switzerland in an all-European clash in Lusail, Qatar. Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo started the game on the bench, injecting a bit of drama into the proceedings before kickoff. But Ronaldo’s replacement, 21-year-old Gonçalo Ramos, scored a hat trick, and Portugal cruised to an easy 6-1 win. Continue reading for highlights from the game.

Here’s what to know

  • Portugal is into the knockout stage for the fifth time, and now it is into the quarterfinals for the first time since a fourth-place finish in 2006. Ronaldo was benched because of what Coach Fernando Santos called “a strategic option.” He entered in the 73rd minute with Portugal already leading 5-1.
  • Switzerland was into the knockout stage for the eighth time but is still seeking its first quarterfinal berth since 1954.
  • Portugal will face Morocco in the quarterfinals Saturday after the Atlas Lions stunned Spain in a penalty shootout earlier Tuesday. Find the full bracket and knockout round schedule here.
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Portugal is into the knockout stage for the fifth time, and now it is into the quarterfinals for the first time since a fourth-place finish in 2006. Ronaldo was benched because of what Coach Fernando Santos called “a strategic option.” He entered in the 73rd minute with Portugal already leading 5-1.
Switzerland was into the knockout stage for the eighth time but is still seeking its first quarterfinal berth since 1954.
Portugal will face Morocco in the quarterfinals Saturday after the Atlas Lions stunned Spain in a penalty shootout earlier Tuesday. Find the full bracket and knockout round schedule here.

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World Cup in Qatar

World champions: Argentina has won the World Cup, defeating France in penalty kicks in a thrilling final in Lusail, Qatar, for its first world championship since 1986. Argentina was led by global soccer star Lionel Messi in what is expected to be his final World Cup appearance. France was bidding to become the first repeat champion since Brazil won consecutive trophies in 1958 and 1962.

Today’s WorldView: In the minds of many critics, especially in the West, Qatar’s World Cup will always be a tournament shrouded in controversy. But Qatar’s foreign minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, wants people to take another view.

Perspective: “America is not a men’s soccer laughingstock right now. It’s onto something, and it’s more attuned to what’s working for the rest of the world rather than stubbornly forcing an American sports culture — without the benefit of best-of-the-best talent — into international competition.” Read Jerry Brewer on the U.S. men’s national team’s future.

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