Cristiano Ronaldo was Not in initial 11

Cristiano Ronaldo was not in initial 11 of Portugal vs Switzerland FIFA World Cup 2022. Let’s see Why was Ronaldo dropped in a do or die match? And this decision proved to be ‘Great Decision’ for Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo was Not in initial 11
Cristiano Ronaldo was Not in initial 11

Portugal has entered the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Portugal achieved this position after defeating Switzerland, but Ronaldo was not a part of the team in this match. Why did this happen, Let us discuss.

The last pre-quarterfinal match of the ongoing FIFA Football World Cup 2022 in Qatar was in the headlines. Portugal defeated Switzerland 6-1 in this match and entered the quarterfinals. But the biggest thing of this match was that star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was made to sit on the bench, that is, he was not a part of the starting-11.

When the matter of Ronaldo’s exit from the starting-11 came to light, then every fan was surprised. But Portugal’s manager Fernando Santos made it clear that it was part of his game plan and he was successful in it.

Cristiano Ronaldo was Not in initial 11 : Why was Ronaldo dropped?

After the match, Portugal’s manager Fernando Santos told the media that we have already told that the decision to keep Ronaldo out was a game plan. There is nothing confusing in this. Each player has a different role and things are decided according to that role.

When Ronaldo was out, there was speculation that everything is not right in the Portugal team. But the manager made it clear that there is nothing like this, these things happen with the game. No one has any problem with the decision taken in the interest of the team. Ronaldo is a great player and a great captain.

Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA World Cup 2022: This was a Great Decision for Portugal.

Portugal fed Goncalo Ramos instead of Ronaldo in this match. This strategy worked and Goncalo Ramos scored three goals in this match. Ronaldo was later brought on the field and came on as a replacement in the 71st minute.

Let us tell you that Portugal has made it to the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 for the third time. The team had earlier managed to reach the last eight in 1966 and 2006 as well. In the quarter-finals on Saturday, the team will face Morocco, who defeated Spain 3-0 in the penalty shoot-out in the pre-quarter-finals. Both the teams were goalless after regular and extra time.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos now has to decide whether to keep Ramos in the next match or bring back Ronaldo, the top goalscorer in men’s international football and one of the sport’s greatest players. Ronaldo made some good moves after landing on the field, he also scored a goal by tricking Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer but it was offside.

Quarter-final match schedule (Indian time)
December 9 Brazil vs Croatia (8.30 pm)
10 December Netherlands v Argentina (12.30 PM)
10 December Portugal / vs Morocco (8.30 pm)
11 December England vs France (12.30 pm)

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