Nations League: Ronaldo’s Hat-trick Lands Portugal In Final

Nations League: Ronaldo's Hat-trick Sends Portugal To Final

Nations League: Ronaldo’s Hat-trick Sends Portugal To Final

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick to send hosts Portugal into the Nations League final after a 3-1 win over Switzerland at the Estadio do Dragao.

A superb Ronaldo 25-yard free-kick had Portugal ahead in the 25th minute, though Switzerland went close through striker Haris Seferovic either side of the opener.

But the Swiss were level in controversial fashion as they were initially denied a penalty before Portugal went up the other end and instantly won a penalty of their own through Bernardo Silva.

But, after a VAR check, the initial Swiss penalty appeal was given by VAR for a tug from Nelson Semedo on Steven Zuber, allowing Ricardo Rodriguez to tuck away the penalty in the 57th minute.

Switzerland threatened to grab a winner, but it was Portuguese legend Ronaldo who won it, putting the hosts back ahead with a low, first-time finish in the 88th minute, before cutting in to find the bottom corner in the 90th.

Portugal will now play in Sunday’s final against the winners of England’s clash with the Netherlands, who play on Thursday night.

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Donatus Anichukwueze is a journalism graduate from the Lagos State University, School of Communication. He's a writer with special interest in technology, sports, entertainment and politics. He's also a true and true Chelsea FC fan.

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