Football: Soccer-Ronaldo brace leads Portugal to big win over Switzerland

LISBON (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal swept to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Switzerland of their UEFA Nations League conflict on the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon on Sunday.

William Carvalho and Joao Cancelo have been additionally on the scoresheet because the hosts wasted quite a few alternatives to inflict extra humiliation on the guests, who suffered their largest defeat since dropping to Germany by the identical scoreline in 2008.

Portugal have 4 factors from their opening two Group A2 matches and are forward of second-place Czech Republic on goal-difference. Switzerland are on zero after back-to-back losses and at the moment are winless of their final 4 encounters since they certified for the World Cup in Qatar.

Carvalho opened the scoring when he reacted quickest to the unfastened ball when Ronaldo’s free-kick was parried, earlier than the latter bagged a quickfire brace to prolong his file tally of worldwide objectives to 117.

Ronaldo ought to have had a hat-trick when he wasted two wonderful alternatives earlier than halftime, the primary a barely plausible miss from six yards, nevertheless it was left to Cancelo to rating the fourth for Portugal within the second half.

Portugal host Czech Republic of their subsequent fixture on Thursday, whereas Switzerland entertain Spain in Geneva on the identical night.

(Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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