Granit Xhaka says there’s ‘not much you can do’ about Cristiano Ronaldo after gifting him his hat-trick goal

first_imgAdvertisement 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 Morecenter_img / 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 Screenlast_img read more

Townsend hails victorious Warriors

first_img “I’m very proud and getting the trophy is superb,” an emotional Townsend said while paying tribute to his players. “The players delivered and having been getting better and better over the last few seasons.” He added: “We’d had experience of going to the final before, but we were calm all week and we knew that last year we didn’t do ourselves justice and that this was the time. “Getting the trophy is fantastic and very satisfying but it will also make this team a better team. “Glasgow have delivered and we know now what to do with big games coming up.” The Warriors produced a stunning first half display and scored three times in a performance which won praise from their coach. He was, though, critical of his side’s efforts at the start of the second half. “We started the second half poorly for the first six or seven minutes but after that we went on and finished strongly,” he said. Townsend also felt that this success would have a knock-on effect on Scottish rugby and that a brighter future may now await for both the club sides and the national squad. They scored four tries with Rob Harley, DTH van der Merwe, Henry Pyrgos and Finn Russell crossing the Munster line and led 21-10 at half-time. Russell also converted all four scores while Duncan Weir kicked a solitary penalty and the immense Leone Nakarawa was named man of the match. Glasgow Warriors coach Gregor Townsend hailed his side’s performance in securing their first ever trophy after defeating Munster 31-13 to lift the Guinness PRO12 title at the Kingspan Stadium. “When I played I saw Irish teams winning trophies and I believe we’ve had momentum and this trophy can really help kick-on what we intend to do in professional rugby in Scotland,” he added. Munster coach Anthony Foley said that the key for them had been the need to score first after half-time but with the Irish province only coming away with a penalty it made the task too difficult. “Being 21-10 down at half-time, it became very important to score first, which we did,” he said. “We took three but you could argue that we should have stayed there and tried to get seven. “But we went for three and at that stage, the game was in the balance and unfortunately we didn’t get to within a score of them. “If we had done that they might have been catchable but it didn’t materialise for us and fair play to them some of their support play and off-loading was second to none.” He added: “It’s hard to take but a lot of us have been through this situation before.” As for Paul O’Connell being widely tipped to leave Munster for what is believed to be a contract with Toulon, Foley added: “Paul’s situation is that he’ll be going on holidays now for four weeks and I’m sure he’ll make an announcement in those four weeks. I’ll wait like everyone else.” Press Associationlast_img read more