Portuguese Serbia world cup qualifying Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates now have a huge mountain to climb in their search for a place in the World Cup.
Serbia Portuguese world cup qualifying
World Cup qualifying match between Serbia and Portuguese make Portugal suffered a severe blow in their quest for a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after suffering a loss to Serbia in their last match of the qualifying round of qualifying.
Seleccao had a bad hand inside the Estadio da Luz when they came from a goal ahead to pick up a disappointing 2-1 loss to the visitors of the night, thanks to a subsequent goal from Aleksandar Mitrovic.
After drawing 0-0 against Ireland in their penultimate Group A clash of the World Cup qualifying rounds, Portugal only need a draw to reserve their place in Qatar.
Their goalless relationship at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium placed the former Nations League champions ahead of Serbia, although both teams had 17 points each from seven outings.
The top goal advantage of the first placed them at the top of the table, although that eventually proved insignificant in the end.
Things started on a promising note for Fernando Santos’s men who assumed pole position in the contest after drawing first blood.
Just two minutes after the match began, Renato Sanches enabled by Bernardo Silva for the first goal of the night.
However, the lead only lasted 31 minutes with Dusan Tadic scoring the tie.
While many would have loved to see Cristiano Ronaldo waving his magic wand and pulling a surprise out of a hat, the Manchester United striker had a relatively uneventful day and eventually saw his team suffer a calamitous end.
With all indications pointing to an automatic qualification for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and the rest of his compatriots, substitute Mitrovic came out of nowhere to ruin their dream and send them to the play-offs by reaching the end of a cross. of Tadic to return home with a dramatic winner.
The goal, had well celebrated by the underrepresentation of Serbia in the stadium and on the team bench, gave the Eagles their first victory over Portugal.
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