Ramos netted the opener in the 17th minute, firing into the roof of the net, before Pepe connected with a Fernandes corner from the right to make it a two-goal advantage just after the half-hour mark.
The cross was our no.8’s fifth goal involvement of the tournament – second to only France’s Kylian Mbappe (seven) – following his two assists in Portugal’s opener v Ghana and his brace in their matchday-two win over Uruguay.
After half-time, fellow Red Dalot got in on the act, teeing up Ramos to make it 3-0, moments before Raphael Guerreiro got the fourth of the game for the Portuguese.
Manuel Akanji pulled one back for Switzerland, but it was Benfica’s Ramos who was on target again next, becoming the first player to score a hat-trick at the 2022 tournament, when his delicate dink found the net with just over 20 minutes to go. Substitute Rafael Leao then completed the rout for Portugal with their sixth goal, in stoppage time.
CONTI CUP STATE OF PLAY
United have two points from our first two games – following draws with Aston Villa and Durham – and are currently occupying fourth spot in the five-team Group A. After four matches each have been played, the group winners will advance to the next round, while the runners-up with the most points across the five groups will also progress to the next round (currently Manchester City in Group B with six points), where European-competing sides Arsenal and Chelsea will enter the competition too.
Aston Villa currently top Group A with six points from three matches, followed by Everton in second (five from two) and Durham in third (four from three). Sheffield United are bottom with one point from their two matches so far.
United know that a win in 90 minutes on Wednesday will take us level on points with, and potentially above, Everton, while a defeat in normal time would see us eliminated with a game to spare.
The sides have met 11 times in total, with United notching nine wins, including victory on Merseyside soil earlier this season: a 3-0 triumph when the sides met in the WSL back in October. This will be the teams’ third clash in 2022, the first coming at Old Trafford in March.
It’s also the fifth consecutive campaign in which the Reds and Toffees have been drawn together in this competition. Marc Skinner’s side won last season’s cup tie 2-0, with a Danielle Turner own goal and a Martha Thomas strike proving enough for all three points on the night at Walton Hall Park.
“It’s always [the case] with national teams because players come from a lot of clubs and then they have to form a team but you see the intensity is high.
“Playing for your country, I think it gives [you] such a boost that it makes an increase in the intensity and I think it’s fantastic to see the general relationship with the quality of the players.
“I think it’s really enjoyable. If you saw yesterday the game of Brazil [against South Korea], it was a fantastic performance and I think that’s why we like football.”
United’s two friendly matches in Spain will be shown live on MUTV, which can be accessed via the Man Utd App on the iOS App Store or Google Play Store, on ManUtd.com or via the following connected TV platforms: Samsung Smart TVs, Android TV, LG Smart TVs, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku TV and Xbox.
TRAVELLING SQUAD IN FULL
Goalkeepers: De Gea, Heaton, Bishop, Dubravka.
Defenders: Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Mengi, Bernard, Jurado, Hardley, Bennett, Oyedele, Murray, Fredricson.
Midfielders: Van de Beek, McTominay, Savage, Iqbal, Hansen, Gore, Mainoo.
Forwards: Martial, Elanga, Shoretire, Garnacho, Hugill, McNeill, Emeran.
Players listed by position and then in order of squad number.
United won the trophy for a record 11th time last term, when Nottingham Forest were defeated 3-1 in the final at Old Trafford.
Rhys Bennett and Alejandro Garnacho (2) scored the goals, in front of a bumper crowd of 67,492 at the Theatre of Dreams back in May.
The Reds famously beat Palace in the 1992 final, winning 6-3 on aggregate with a youth team containing the likes of Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.