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Portugal 3-1 Turkey

Portugal is through to the play-off final after beating Turkey 3-1.

The hosts looked comfortable in the first half, taking a 2-0 lead into half-time thanks to goals from Otavio and Jota, with Silva also hitting the post in the build-up to the opening goal.

Turkey rallied after the break and pulled one back through Yilmaz after a lovely bit of build-up play.

The captain then had the chance to equalise from the spot after Fonte fouled Unal, but he hit the bar.

Matheus slotted in late to seal the win before Ronaldo hit the bar in the dying seconds of the match.

Starting Lineup:

PORTUGAL STARTING XI (4-4-2): Diogo Costa;

Diogo Dalot, Danilo Pereira, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro;

Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes, Otavio;

Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

TURKEY STARTING XI (3-5-2): Ugurcan Cakir;

Ozan Kabak, Merih Demiral, Caglar Soyuncu;

Mehmet Zeki Celik, Berkan Kutlu, Orkun Kokcu, Hakan Calhanoglu, Muhammed Kerem Akturkoglu;

Cengiz Under, Burak Yilmaz.

Goals:

OTAVIO SCORES! Jota can’t find the space for a shot, so he squares it to Silva on the edge of the box, but his low shot rebounds back off the post. Otavio reacts quickest in the crowded box and hits his shot back across the goal. Cakir is scrambling back across his line, but he can only help it into the net. 1-0 Portugal.

JOTA SCORES! Portugal kept Turkey penned back inside their box, and Moutinho picks out Otavio on the right. He lifts a lovely cross into the box, and Jota, who timed his run perfectly, drifts away at the far post, nods his header down, and squeezes it past Calik. 2-0 Portugal.

YILMAZ PULLS ONE BACK! It’s a lovely goal from Turkey! It’s switched out to Kutlu on the left, who then squares it to Yilmaz on the edge of the box. He plays a one-two with Under, which gets him behind Pereira, and he slots it past Costa, who came rushing off his line to close him down. 2-1.

MATHEUS SEALS IT FOR PORTUGAL! Pereira clears Turkey’s free-kick, and Portugal are deadly on the counter this time! Leao plays it through to Matheus, who has to stretch to bring it under control. He then knocks it around Calik and coolly slots it into the back of the empty net. 3-1 Portugal.

So, what’s next?

In the play-off final on Tuesday, Portugal is one step closer to the World Cup will play North Macedonia, who scored late to pull off a shock victory against Italy.

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