Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of the Portugal starting XI at a major tournament for the first time since 2008 as they hammered Switzerland 6-1 to set up a quarter final with Morocco

Cristiano Ronaldo has congratulated his Portugal teammates after they produced a stunning performance to thrash Switzerland and reach the quarter finals of the World Cup.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos made headlines by deciding to bench Ronaldo for the last 16 tie in Qatar after the 37-year-old started all three group games.

The decision paid off handsomely as his replacement, Goncalo Ramos, scored a hat-trick in a clinical 6-1 demolition of the Swiss to set up a quarter-final with Morocco.

Ramos, a 21-year-old striker for Benfica, was making just his fourth appearance for the national side, but was outstanding.

Ramos’ inclusion meant Ronaldo did not start a match for Portugal at a major tournament for the first time in 31 games – a streak which had stretched back to 2008.

Portugal boss Santos had been annoyed by angry gestures Ronaldo had made when he was substituted in the last group game, a defeat against South Korea.