Tuesday's 6-1 victory over Switzerland and entry into the World Cup semifinals for Portugal came despite Cristiano Ronaldo sitting on the sideline. His stand-in scored a hat trick.

Goncalo Ramos, a 21-year-old forward who only made his Portugal debut last month, started for his nation for the first time and displayed the same type of precise finishing that Ronaldo previously was known for.

RONALDO! RONALDO! chants were heard throughout the stadium as Ramos scored the game's first goal in the 17th minute and two more in the 51st and 67th.

Lusail Stadium holds 89,000 people. Despite Portugal having already won the match thanks to goals from defenders Pepe and Raphael Guerreiro, Ronaldo came in as a substitute in the 72nd minute to thunderous applause. 

Switzerland's Manuel Akanji scored. After 1966 and 2006, Portugal has now moved to the quarterfinals. On Saturday, they will play Morocco. Fernando Santos, Portugal's coach

now has to choose between keeping Ramos and bringing back Ronaldo, the leading scorer in men's international soccer and one of the all-time great players.

People have now had their say. 70% of respondents to a survey by A Bola, a widely read sports newspaper in Portugal, said they didn't want Cristiano Ronaldo to start Tuesday's match against Switzerland.

Currently, Ronaldo is known by more numbers than just his jersey number and age. Ronaldo, a free agent, received a recruitment offer from the Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr on Monday. 

Currently, Ronaldo is known by more numbers than just his jersey number and age. Ronaldo, a free agent, received a recruitment offer from the Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr on Monday.