Qatar 2022: What happens if Portugal loses to Switzerland in the round of 16?

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Fernando Santos’ side is set to take on Switzerland in the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup. 

Portugal are ready to strike at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Fernando Santos’ side started the tournament with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Ghana, followed it up with a solid 2-0 performance against a disappointing Uruguay before ending group play with a shock 2-1 defeat to South Korea.

Switzerland also had a solid first round, finishing only second in Group G as they scored fewer goals than Brazil. The Swiss beat Cameroon 1-0, then lost 1-0 to Brazil before coming off an epic 3-2 win over Serbia.

What happens if Portugal loses to Switzerland?

A Portuguese loss would mean the end of the tournament for Cristiano Ronaldo and company. If Portugal were to continue it would mean a quarterfinal showdown with the winner of Spain and Morocco. Knockout games cannot end in a tie and are decided in extra time or penalty kicks.

Despite boasting a talented team over the last 20 years, Portugal have never really lived up to their billing, placing fourth in 2006 but not going past the round of 16 in their last three World Cups.

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