Portugal vs Switzerland, World Cup 2022 live: score and latest updates




Portugal vs Switzerland, World Cup 2022 live: score and latest updates - AFP
Portugal vs Switzerland, World Cup 2022 live: score and latest updates - AFP  

07:07 PM

6 minutes

Switzerland have an early corner after good work from Embolo. Taken short and then crossed in towards Schar in the box, before Otavia wins Portugal a foul on the edge of the box. Switzerland are looking to press with two forwards and an attacking midfielder behind them in a triangle, which is pretty aggressive.

07:04 PM

4 minutes

Now Embolo is down after a challenge with Dias near the touchline, claiming he was caught in the chops by the right arm of the defender. There was some contact, but it was no bent elbow from the Man City man. The Switzerland striker is back on his feet and able to continue.

07:03 PM

2 minutes

An early loose pass from Embolo has he dropped back into midfield. Portugal ping the ball out to Guerreiro, it was a fabulous diagonal pass from Pepe, but Fernandes could not gather Felix's pass into the penalty area.

Switzerland
Switzerland's Manuel Akanji in action with Portugal's Joao Felix - REUTERS  

07:00 PM

KICK OFF!

Portugal get us under way.

06:59 PM

Photographers crowding the Portugal bench

Manager Fernando Santos has had to wave them away.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal makes his way to the bench Portugal v Switzerland - SHUTTERSTOCK
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal makes his way to the bench Portugal v Switzerland - SHUTTERSTOCK  

06:55 PM

The players are on their way out

Time for the anthems, as Ronaldo takes his place on the bench. Switzerland flew out of the traps against Serbia, will they look to do the same and take advantage of any uncertainty in the Portugal ranks?

06:53 PM

The Shaq attack

Xherdan Shaqiri appears in his 112th game for Switzerland tonight equaling the tallying of Alain Geiger. Only Heinz Herrmann played more games for Switzerland (118 appearances)

Xherdan Shaqiri #23 of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team
Xherdan Shaqiri #23 of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group G match between Serbia and Switzerland - Wu Zhizhao/Getty Images  

06:44 PM

The warm-ups are in full-swing

Portugal
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo during the warm up before the match - Suhaib Salem/Reuters  
Portugal players warm up prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Portugal and Switzerland at Lusail Stadium on December 06, 2022 - Elsa/Getty Images
Portugal players warm up prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Portugal and Switzerland at Lusail Stadium on December 06, 2022 - Elsa/Getty Images  
Ricardo Rodriguez of Switzerland warms up prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Portugal and Switzerland at Lusail Stadium - Buda Mendes/Getty Images
Ricardo Rodriguez of Switzerland warms up prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Portugal and Switzerland at Lusail Stadium - Buda Mendes/Getty Images  

06:37 PM

Telegraph columnist Jamie Carragher reacts

06:33 PM

Ronaldo sits out for the first time in 14 years

06:27 PM

Predict the score

How do you think today's game will finish?

06:22 PM

ITV pundits share their thoughts on Ronaldo

Gary Neville

Ian Wright

06:16 PM

Lineker stunned

06:14 PM

'Humiliation' for Ronaldo

The international reaction to Ronaldo's demotion to the bench has been swift and brutal. German outlet Bild has called it "a humiliation" while, even as they reel from Spain's last-16 defeat to Morocco, Marca's assessment is similarly unflinching: "Fernando Santos' punishment of Cristiano Ronaldo is already a reality."

06:06 PM

'Big call by Fernando Santos'

06:01 PM

Destined for the bench

Emotion shows through on Ronaldo
Emotion shows through on Ronaldo's face as he arrives at Lusail Stadium, left out of the starting XI - Mike Hewitt/Getty Images  

05:59 PM

Team news

05:56 PM

Ronaldo dropped as Portugal begin their knockout campaign

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport's live coverage of Portugal versus Switzerland, with kick off at the Lusail Stadium at 7pm.

Cristiano Ronaldo will start on the bench in Portugal's first knockout match of the tournament, following coach Fernando Santos' criticism of the national talisman's behaviour against South Korea.

Ronaldo was substituted in Portugal's final group stage match, and was seen talking and gesturing as he made his way to the bench. Whilst Santos had initially thought Ronaldo's reaction was directed at a South Korean opponent, review of the footage marked Ronaldo's exit out as one of frustration in light of Santos' decision.

In his pre-match press conference, Santos brought up the incident, saying: "I didn't like. Not at all. I really didn't like it."

Ronaldo occupies a towering position in Portuguese football, and for many, might be seen as undroppable, particularly in these critical stages of the tournament.

But Santos' decision ahead of today's match suggests a shattering of this impression, in a show of strength which echoed Ronaldo's former club manager, Erik ten Hag's decision to drop Ronaldo from the matchday squad following his player's refusal to come on as a substitute against Tottenham in October.

Ronaldo formally parted ways with Manchester United at the end of last month following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan where the Portugal player openly disparaged both the club and the manager.

The interview aired ahead of Portugal's first match in the tournament, and threatened to cast a pall over Portugal's preparations; instead, trouble of a difference shade has kept Ronaldo from starting for his country as he bids to challenge for one of the few trophies that has eluded him.

We will be bringing you the rest of the team news, build-up, and live reaction to Ronaldo's dropping ahead of kick-off, so make sure to stay tuned.

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