Portugal is on the verge of advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup thanks to a big lead over Switzerland. The Portuguese are doing this after manager Fernando Santos made a shocking lineup change ahead of the clash, opting to bench Cristiano Ronaldo for the elimination game on Tuesday.

While Cristiano Ronaldo was benched to start, he did get called upon in the 74th minute after Portugal racked up a 5-1 lead:

Ronaldo had started all four of Portugal’s first four World Cup games but after failing to make a big impact outside of a (generous) penalty goal, Santos excluded the superstar from the Portugal Starting XI.

Even with Portugal dominating, this decision couldn’t have sat well with Ronaldo, whom the cameras were fixated on from the bench. He was even caught reacting to his replacement, Goncalo Ramos, scoring a goal. Ramos actually recorded a hat trick in place of Ronaldo.

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It’s hard to argue that Ronaldo was providing much for the Portugal team during their first few games of the World Cup. With just one goal in four games, Ronaldo’s impact has been minimal, prompting this lineup change for Portugal that clearly worked out in their favor.

Despite becoming the first male to ever score in five different World Cups, Ronaldo’s experience in Qatar has not gone the way he’d hoped, culminating in the 37-year-old finding his name outside of the starting XI. Still, with Portugal looking strong, this team has a great chance to win it all. It will be interesting to see what happens with Cristiano Ronaldo as they advance.