The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is coming to an end after an exciting journey. Six of the final eight quarterfinal spots have been filled, and all eyes are on the upcoming Portugal vs. Switzerland game.
Both teams have a strong claim to the trophy, but Portugal appears to be the fan favorite. The reason behind it is simple: the team is led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who played in the last World Cup.
However, past statistics beg to differ, as Switzerland has defeated Portugal 11 times out of their 25 matches. On the other hand, Portugal has won against Switzerland only nine times. Even in the competition, Portugal lost 2-1 against South Korea, one of the weaker teams in the event.
Besides deciding which team will secure the seventh spot in the quarterfinals, the match will also decide whether Ronaldo will join Eusebio, who scored a record nine goals back in the 1966 World Cup.
Similarly, Shaqiri is ready to become the player who has scored the most World Cup goals for Switzerland. Currently, the player has five goals, while the record is held by Sepp Huegi, who scored six goals in one tournament in 1954.
Oravio’s absence largely triggered Portugal’s defeat against South Korea. The midfielder is now fit and will be playing against the Swiss in the match. While Portugal defeated Switzerland 4-nil in June, the Swiss still have better numbers in the overall tally.
However, Portugal seems to be quite confident, as shown by William Carvalho’s statement. The midfielder stated that the team is expecting a tough fight for possession, and everyone has made preparations for that.
While the World Cup has provided surprises, Carvalho added that the team will be laser-focused from the start to ensure that Portugal wins.
Switzerland ended the group phase behind Brazil, defeating Serbia and Cameroon comfortably. Thus, this might be their toughest game of the tournament till now. According to Xherdan Shaqiri, the team possesses every tool needed to make it to the quarterfinals.
While Xherdan Shaqiri is a viable contender for a new record, it seems that the player is only eyeing a win against Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Seeing how the group stages were full of surprises, the Round of 16 has been mostly predictable. Big names like Brazil, Argentina, the Netherlands, England, and France have already entered the quarterfinals.
Croatia, which defeated Japan in a penalty shootout by a score of 3-1, was the only team that had to overcome strong competition. Nonetheless, given that Portugal and Switzerland appear to be evenly matched on paper, the upcoming match will be as interesting as any other.