Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva standing inside the field of play as his teammates celebrate the goal (Credits: Twitter)

Portugal, on Tuesday, thrashed Switzerland to storm into the quarterfinals of the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 2016 European champions registered a 6-1 win over Switzerland to book their place in the last 8.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos stunned everyone by dropping Cristiano Ronaldo from the starting eleven before the start of the match and he was duly rewarded for it. Ronaldo’s replacement Goncalo Ramos grabbed the opportunity with both hands by scoring a stunning a hat-trick.

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Portugal did not miss Ronaldo at all as they blew Switzerland away to set-up a mouthwatering quarterfinal clash against surprise package Morocco.

Ramos opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a powerful shot past Swiss keeper Jan Sommer at the near post. 39-year old Pepe then doubled the lead with a thumping header from a corner in the 33rd minute.

Six minutes after the break, Ramos all but sealed the game for his team with a fine finish from Diogo Dalot’s cross. He then turned provider to set up Raphael Guerriero. Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji pulled one back for Switzerland before Ramos completed his hat-trick with a chip. Rafael Leao completed the rout by curling in the sixth.

Why did Bernardo Silva not celebrate the goal?

An unusual scene was witnessed by a few eagle-eyed fans after Portugal’s opener. Bernardo Silva did not join his teammates in celebrations, leaving many fans surprised.

While his teammates celebrated Ramos’ first goal near the stands, Bernardo Silva waited on the pitch to congratulate the striker. And the reason behind Silva’s surprising decision was that he did not want his team to concede a goal.

Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva (Credits: Twitter)

As per FIFA rules, play can resume after a goal once all members of the scoring team are no longer in the opposition half. And the claim is that if players are not on the field of play, that counts as them not being in the opposite half.

Here is a clip of the incident: