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Sunday, December 10, 2023

‘He still moves like an Olympic athlete’ – Ronaldo shines again on international stage

Cristiano Ronaldo is not a man who shares the limelight.

From the 57th to the 88th minute of Wednesday’s first Nations League semi-final between Portugal and Switzerland, the video assistant referee (VAR) looked to have established itself as the night’s big talking point.

Referee Felix Brych’s technology-assisted decision to wipe out his on-field call of a Portugal penalty and instead award the Swiss a spot-kick for an incident seconds earlier was certainly a headline-hogging moment.

But having scored once prior to the penalty, Ronaldo was not to be outshone.With two minutes remaining, the hosts’ talisman took control when he caressed his second past Yann Sommer, before completing a terrific hat-trick in injury time to send his country to Sunday’s final.

BBC Sport looks back on another decisive night for the man his manager calls a “footballing genius”.





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