Statement was made by the five-time champion after the defeat of the Portuguese national team over Switzerland
The Portuguese national team gave a show in the round of 16 of the World Cup. After the Europeans entered the field with the controversial attitude of coach Fernando Santos in barring star Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese thrashed Switzerland (opponent in the group stage of Brazil) by 6 to 1. The biggest ingredient for this episode was the fact that the substitute for the Portuguese star, Gonçalo Ramos, had shone when he scored the first hat-trick of this edition of the World Cup.
For the five-time World Champion with the Brazilian National Team in 2002 and Betfair ambassador, Rivaldo, the Portuguese arrive with great force in the final stretch of the World Cup. According to him, the rout applied in Switzerland shows that the Lusos did not come to Qatar just for a walk, as some thought before the start of the Cup, and that they can achieve an unprecedented record.
“Another team to be congratulated for what they’ve been doing is Portugal, which thrashed Switzerland and demonstrated once again that they have a lot of quality in their game. I will not be surprised if the Portuguese team reaches its first World Cup final this year”, said the former Barcelona, Milan, Palmeiras, São Paulo, Corinthians and Cruzeiro player, in an interview for the bookmaker himself this Wednesday (7).
Fernando Santos’ men, who have Bruno Fernandes as one of the highlights, now face the big surprise of the World Cup in Qatar: Morocco. The African national team was in first place in their group that had Croatia, Belgium and Canada and eliminated the powerful Spain in the round of 16. The confrontation takes place next Saturday (10), at 12h (Brasília time), at the Al Thumama Stadium. Whoever qualifies, faces the winner of England and France in the semifinal.