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Ronaldo hat-trick sends Portugal to final after VAR confusion

Ronaldo hat-trick sends Portugal to final after VAR confusion
Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League Semi Final - Portugal v Switzerland - Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal - June 5, 2019 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick REUTERS/Susana Vera -
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By Brian Homewood

PORTO (Reuters) – Evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, including two late goals, to give Portugal a 3-1 win over Switzerland in a Nations League semi-final featuring an extraordinary VAR incident on Wednesday.

Ronaldo blasted Portugal ahead from a free kick in the first half but the game turned dramatically early in the second.

Portugal were awarded a penalty for a foul on Bernardo Silva but the referee then decided to review an incident at the other end which happened immediately beforehand.

He then awarded a spot kick to the Swiss instead which Ricardo Rodriguez converted in the 57th minute to equalise.

With the game heading for extra time, Ronaldo blasted home from Bernardo Silva’s pass in the 88th minute and completed the win by curling the ball past Yann Sommer two minutes later.

(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis)

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