Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Portugal have penalty overturned as VAR awards one to Switzerland instead

Portugal have penalty overturned as VAR awards one to Switzerland instead

Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic says his team will be counting on the play of Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka in the Nations League finals.

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The star forward put Portugal ahead at the Estadio do Dragao with a well-taken free kick in the 25th minute.

A five-time Ballon d'Or and Champions League victor, who has delivered league titles to his clubs in England, Spain and Italy, there is little left for Ronaldo to prove.

Former Newcastle defender Kevin Mbabu gave away the free-kick and Ronaldo superbly put it over the wall and into the bottom corner.

Ronaldo took a break from worldwide duty after last June's World Cup and returned only for the opening two Euro 2020 qualifiers in March.

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I know Wayne Rooney and his mate Steven Gerrard loved a good "erm." but this takes it to a whole new level. However, could you imagine the scene of Diego Maradona parading up-and-down the sideline at Old Trafford?

Video on social media showed police holding batons and riot shields chasing supporters as a Portugal versus Switzerland game was screened in a fan zone in the centre of Porto.

The match marked the worldwide debut of the player Portuguese fans call Ronaldo's successor, 19-year-old Joao Felix, the Benfica forward who has been attracting the attention of some top clubs in Europe.

"We had the chance to get a second but didn't take it".

German referee Felix Brych didn't initially award the penalty for Switzerland after Seven Zuber was touched by Nelson Semedo inside the area, and as play continued he instead called one for Portugal when Silva was fouled in the other box. The freekick goal helped Portugal gain a lead but Ricardo Rodriguez scored for Switzerland in the 57th minute to tie the scoreline once ate.

What sets Cristiano Ronaldo apart from all but Lionel Messi in world football is his prodigious ability to sync mind and body so smoothly, to make the right decision at high speed so making his phenomenal technique even more deadly.

It will be the first time that VAR is to be used in a national team competition run by UEFA.

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