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FIFA World Cup 2022: Ronaldo could be dumped for Portugal vs Switzerland, Morocco vs Spain, updates

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Only one more match-up needs to be finalised before the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals are locked in.

In the last day of round of 16 action in Qatar, Morocco plays Spain at 2am on Wednesday morning in a game Spain will be favoured to win.

In the other game, all eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal’s clash against Switzerland at 6am Australian time.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he was unimpressed with Ronaldo’s behaviour after the forward reacted angrily when substituted during the team’s final group game at the World Cup in Qatar.

Ronaldo initially said he was “insulted” by a South Korean player as he was substituted in the second half of his side’s 2-1 defeat to the Asian side on Friday.

But Portuguese media have shown images that suggest he used vulgar language in response to Santos’s decision.

Asked how he had reacted to those images, Santos told a news conference: “I didn’t like it at all. I didn’t like it at all.”

But he said a line had been drawn under the incident.

“Then these matters are resolved, resolved in-house,” he said.

“They are over. It is the end of the story regarding this issue and now we’re thinking about the game tomorrow and everyone is fully focused on the match preparations.”

Ronaldo’s starting role in the team remains a hot topic among Portugal fans, with a poll in local newspaper A Bola finding 70 per cent of Portuguese don’t want him in the starting XI.

But Santos said he was not paying attention to the debate or online polls on the issue.

“I do not read this type of material,” he said.

“It is not a lack of respect, it is simply that we have three days to train for a game and I am not looking at other kinds of news. We focus on the upcoming match.”

Santos said he expected a close contest against Switzerland.

Portugal beat the Swiss 4-0 in the UEFA Nations League in June before losing 1-0 in the reverse fixture.

If Spain and Portugal win as predicted, the last eight teams in the tournament will all be European and South American nations.

Victories to Spain and Portugal would set up a mouth-watering match-up between the neighbouring countries in the quarterfinals.

Croatia vs Brazil, Netherlands vs Argentina and England vs France are the three quarterfinals already confirmed.

Story Credit: news.com.au

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