Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken of his delight after Portugal certified for the World Cup on Tuesday.
After ending second of their qualifying group to Serbia, Portugal had been compelled to undergo the play-off path to ebook their tickets to Qatar in November. They overcame Turkey 3-1 on Thursday due to objectives from Otavio, Diogo Jota and Matheus Nunes to arrange a winner-takes-all closing towards North Macedonia.
The minnows had shocked Italy in their very own semi-final, dealing them their first-ever World Cup qualifying defeat on residence soil after scoring within the closing minutes to advance. Nonetheless, the fairytale got here to an finish in Porto.
It was a horror go from defender Darko Velkovski that gave the ball away within the thirty second minute and allowed Bruno Fernandes to play a beautiful one-two along with his Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo earlier than tucking away. Fernandes then doubled his nation’s lead and secured their place within the finals with a beautiful volley within the second-half.
Ronaldo took to Instagram after the match, posting an image of the squad with the message: “Goal achieved, we’re at the Qatar World Cup, we’re in our rightful place! Thank you to all the Portuguese for the tireless support! Força Portugal!”
United right-back Diogo Dalot, who wasn’t concerned within the match regardless of being within the squad, was the primary to react to Portugal’s win on social media. Translated from his native tongue, he wrote: “That ORGULHO belong to this family! Qatar, here we go #WorldCup Thank you to all Portuguese.”
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