Portugal 2-0 North Macedonia: Player ratings as Selecao qualify for World Cup


Portugal secured their spot in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup on Tuesday night as a Bruno Fernandes brace earned a 2-0 victory over North Macedonia in Porto.

An encouraging start by the visiting side might have suggested a laborious evening for the Selecao but, in truth, the momentous occasion only looked like going Portugal’s way as they established control early on and overcame spirited opposition to ensure a sixth consecutive World Cup appearance.

Cristiano Ronaldo described this match as a matter of ‘life and death’ prior to kick off, although was found wanting with the game’s first clear-cut chance presented to him on a silver platter.

Despite North Macedonia’s visible composure and confidence, the hosts looked the likeliest to notch an opener in the opening stages. When put clean through on goal by Otavio, however, Ronaldo could only drag wide of the far stick.

For all the resilience and heart the visitors showed though, the deadlock-breaker originated from a criminal bit of decision making in defence just after the half-hour mark.





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