Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick lets Portugal survive bizarre VAR penalty for Swiss

Cristiano Ronaldos two late goals, added to a first-half effort, gave Portugal a 3-1 win in the Nations League semi-final after Switzerland What more can be said about the man? He is 35 on his next birthday and, in football, even the greats reach a point when the one opponent they cannot beat is age. Not Cristiano Ronaldo, though or not yet anyway, judging by this latest demonstration of his uncommon ability to bend football matches to his will. One certainty if England can make it past the Netherlands to reach the final on Sunday, a recording of this match will provide Gareth Southgate with the hard evidence of what he probably knew already: that to stop Portugal, first you …