Sunday was not a special day for Portugal captain and star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Serbia in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers. After the loss, Ronaldo looked very disappointed and was also angry. He didn’t even shake hands with many players. As the football match ended upset Ronaldo remained on the pitch and appeared to be in tears.
The football match was also disappointing for Portugal as they took a 1-0 lead at the start of the game. Sanchez gave the team the lead yet they had to face defeat after losing a goal in the last few minutes. This has also dealt a big blow to Portugal’s hopes of playing the World Cup 2022. And it is said that the 2022 World Cup could be Ronaldo’s last World Cup.
After the opening goal from Portugal, Serbia made a great comeback and Dusan Tadic scored in the 33rd minute to level the score 1-1. Serbia gradually started taking possession. In the second half in the 90th minute, Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a fine right-wing goal to give Serbia a 2-1 football result.
Serbia played a brilliant game against 2016 European champions Portugal, keeping 58 percent of the ball possession. The team completed a total of 441 passes, at the same time, Portugal completed 334 passes. Serbia qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup with 20 points after eight matches, while Portugal had 17 points.
Portugal will now have to play and win two playoff matches in March next year to play the FIFA World Cup. If that happens, the team will retain its record of qualifying in every World Cup since 1998. If this does not happen, then the team may have to be out of this tournament for the first time in 23 years.
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