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Portugal vs Switzerland LIVE commentary: Cristiano Ronaldo looks to end World Cup knockout stage goal drought to reach quarter-finals – date, kick-off time and how to listen on talkSPORT

Portugal will be looking to reach the World Cup quarter-finals when they face Switzerland in a huge last 16 clash live on talkSPORT.

Portugal secured their progression from the group stage with a game to spare and ran out as group winners despite losing to South Korea in a topsy-turvy finale. 

Ronaldo will be out to lead his country to a place in the quarter-finals

Ronaldo will be out to lead his country to a place in the quarter-finals

Cristiano Ronaldo and co will be hoping they can progress to the quarter-finals after being knocked out at this stage four years ago. 

Ronaldo himself will have a personal target as he aims to score his first-ever goal in the knockout rounds of the World Cup. 

As for Switzerland, they only finished behind Brazil on goal difference and will be high on confidence heading into this game. 

The winner of this clash will face either Morocco or Spain. 

Portugal vs Switzerland: talkSPORT coverage

This World Cup last 16 clash will take place on Tuesday, November 6. 

The match will be played at the Lusail Stadium and will kick off at 7pm. 

talkSPORT will have live coverage of the game with Natalie Sawyer as your host. 

Commentary will be provided by Jim Proudfoot and former England defender Stuart Pearce 

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Switzerland beat Serbia to confirm their place in the last 16

Switzerland beat Serbia to confirm their place in the last 16

Portugal vs Switzerland: Squads and team news 

Portugal will be without Nuno Mendes who has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament. Danilo Pereira will also remain out. 

While for Switzerland, Yann Sommer is expected to return in goal after missing the last game through illness. 

Portugal squad 

  • Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa, Rui Patricio, Jose Sa
  • Defenders: Joao Cancelo, Diogo Dalot, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Danilo Pereira, Antonio Silva, Nuno Mendes, Raphael Guerreiro
  • Midfielders: William Carvalho, Ruben Neves, Palhinha, Bruno Fernandes, Vitinha, Otavio, Matheus Nunes, Bernardo Silva, Joao Mario
  • Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix, Rafael Leao, Ricardo Horta, Andre Silva, Goncalo Ramos

Switzerland squad 

  • Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer, Jonas Omlin, Philipp Kohn, Gregor Kobel
  • Defenders: Fabian Schar, Silvan Widmer, Ricardo Rodriguez, Manuel Akanji, Eray Comert, Nico Elvedi
  • Midfielders: Edimilson Fernandes, Michel Aebischer, Fabian Frei, Renato Steffen, Djibril Sow, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Denis Zakaria, Ardon Jashari, Remo Freuler, Fabian Rieder
  • Forwards: Ruben Vargas, Haris Seferovic, Breel Embolo, Noah Okafor, Christian Fassnacht

Mendes has been ruled out of the World Cup

Mendes has been ruled out of the World Cup

Portugal vs Switzerland: Match facts 

  • Manuel Akanji has carried the ball 888 metres during the 2022 World Cup so far. Indeed, only three players carried the ball further than the Swiss during the group stage, with each of those three players being fellow Manchester City teammates: John Stones (1080m), Nathan Aké (1001m) and Rodri (992m).
  • Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in four goals in two appearances for Portugal at the 2022 World Cup (two goals, two assists). This was the joint-most of any player during the group stage, along with Kylian Mbappé and Álvaro Morata (4).
  • Xherdan Shaqiri’s goal against Serbia last time out saw him become the first player to score in three World Cup tournaments for Switzerland (2014, 2018 and 2022). If Shaqiri scores in this match, he would equal Josef Hügi (6) as Switzerland’s all-time top scorer at the World Cup (currently on five goals).
  • All eight of Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup goals have come in the group stage of the competition, the joint-most goals scored by a player in the tournament’s history without ever netting in the knockout rounds (alongside Lionel Messi). Ronaldo is yet to find the back of the net in any of his six knockout appearances for Portugal at the World Cup, despite playing 514 minutes and having 25 total goal attempts.
  • The last team to keep a clean sheet against Portugal at the World Cup was Germany in 2014 (4-0), with Portugal scoring at least once in each of their last nine games in the competition since then (16 goals). Cristiano Ronaldo (6) and Bruno Fernandes (2) have scored exactly half of the 16 goals in this period.
  • Portugal have opened the scoring in eight of their last nine World Cup games. However last time out against Korea Republic, they lost having scored first for the very first time at the World Cup (P19 W15 D3 L1).
  • Switzerland won two of their matches in the group stage at the 2022 World Cup (L1 v Brazil), and will be looking to win three games in a single World Cup tournament for the first time in their history.
  • Portugal will be looking to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for just a third time, previously doing so in 1966 and in 2006. However, they’ve failed to win any of their last five knockout games at the tournament, losing each of their last four, including defeats at this stage in 2010 (0-1 vs Spain) and in 2018 (1-2 vs Uruguay).
  • Portugal and Switzerland have faced each other in competitive action on six occasions in the 21st Century, while both teams have won three games apiece. Their only previous clash at a major tournament (World Cups and Euros) came amongst these meetings, with Switzerland winning 2-0 at Euro 2008.
  • This will be the third meeting between Portugal and Switzerland in 2022, having faced each other twice in the UEFA Nations League in June. Portugal won 4-0 in a match played in Lisbon, before Switzerland won 1-0 in Geneva a week later.