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Ronaldo nets hat-trick as Portugal seal Nations League final

International Edition By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 05/06/2019

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Portugal reach their first ever UEFA Nations League final after a 3-1 win over Switzerland on Thursday night at Estadio do Dragao Stadium in Porto.

After being felled in the first half, Ronaldo struck home a brilliant free-kick which left Yann Sommer completely stationary as the Swiss inquest began.

Switzerland looked the better team for long spells and deservedly drew level after half-time thanks to Ricardo Rodriguez's penalty, which was awarded in remarkable circumstances after a Portugal spot-kick was overturned by VAR.

But then Ronaldo took over after Manchester City forward Bernando Silva forged his way down the right and cut back through a crack in the Swiss defence before teed up with Juventus star to scored his second in the encounter.

That, simply, was not enough for Ronaldo. The statement not big enough. There was no help for his third, charging down the left, leaving Manuel Akanji twisted beyond belief, he wrapped the ball around Sommer once more and into the far corner.

Portugal are back in Porto for the final on Sunday while Switzerland will meet the loser of Netherland's clash with England in the third-place play-off in Guimaraes.

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