Advertisement Comment SPONSORED Cristiano Ronaldo capitalised on Granit Xhaka’s mistake to put Portugal out of sight (Picture: PA)Granit Xhaka has outrageously claimed that there’s ‘not much you can do’ about Cristiano Ronaldo after gifting the forward his hat-trick goal in Switzerland’s 3-1 defeat to Portugal.Ronaldo was in inspired form at the Estadio do Dragao as Portugal booked their place in the Nations League final where they will face either the Netherlands or England.Switzerland were stunned as Ronaldo found the corner of Yann Sommer’s net with an unstoppable free-kick in the 25th minute before Ricardo Rodriguez equalised from the penalty spot midway through the second half.As the match looked to be heading for extra-time, Ronaldo swept home Bernardo Silva’s cross to put Portugal back in front before Xhaka’s lacklustre play led to the hosts’ third goal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Skip Read More by Metro PLAY 1/1 Granit Xhaka says there’s ‘not much you can do’ about Cristiano Ronaldo after gifting him his hat-trick goal Video Settings About Connatix V67539 Read More Top articles Read More / Read More More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Arsenal midfielder clumsily lost possession just past the halfway line which allowed Portugal to break on the counter and Ronaldo finished off the move with a sublime curled finish to kill the tie.Incredibly, after Switzerland’s defeat, Xhaka had the cheek to tell his Instagram followers: ‘Really proud of our performance and the progress we are making. Sometimes there is not much you can do when Ronaldo scores such a special Hattrick.’Ronaldo’s hat-trick took his Portugal tally to 88 goals in 157 matches. The Juventus superstar is only behind Iran’s Ali Daei on the all-time list of international goalscorers.Remarkably, his hat-trick on Wednesday night was the 53rd of his career for club and country.Speaking after the final whistle, Xhaka said: ‘It’s unbelievable. What a player he [Ronaldo] is. He’s not, for nothing, one of the best players in the world.‘He’s special because he always knows where you have to go and to be.‘We had it in our hands but in the end he scored three times and we lost this game, but we can be proud how we played against a very good team.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesAsked if Ronaldo is the best player in the world, Xhaka replied: ‘In my opinion you have two of them. They are not in this world.‘If you play at 34 to this level then you deserve a lot of respect.’MORE: Arsenal eyeing summer move for CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov Coming Next Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 6 Jun 2019 11:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip Ad 1 min. story Read More Full Screen
The Gunners made an enquiry for Begović in January, but Stoke had no interest in selling the Bosnian goalkeeper midway through the season, reports dailymail.co.ukBut with Jack Butland arriving from Birmingham in the summer, the Potters are now open to parting with their talented shot-stopper. Arsenal are understood to have made a follow-up enquiry regarding their interest but have been told Stoke will not consider any offers under £15million.A number of leading Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Chelsea, are interested in Begović.But United are believed to have been put off by Stoke’s £15million asking price, while David De Gea’s improved form has seen Sir Alex Ferguson cool his interest in Begovic.Likewise, Chelsea want Begović to provide stiff competition for current No 1 Cech as highly-rated Thibault Courtois continues his education away from Stamford Bridge.But Begović is only willing to move to a club where he is guaranteed to be first-choice; something Wenger is willing to offer him.Whether the Gunners are willing to meet Stoke’s valuation, however, remains to be seen, despite the fact Wenger has £70million to spend on new players this summer.Stoke hope the growing interest in Begović will trigger a summer bidding war, something the Gunners’ chief negotiators Ivan Gazidis and Dick Law will want to avoid getting involved in.Wenger’s search for a new goalkeeper has put the futures of current custodians Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski in serious doubt.