October 29, Agency.
After losing to Serbia, Portugal failed to qualify for next year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Qatar. With the victory, Serbia has secured a place in the World Cup from Group ‘A’, beating Portugal.
A draw would be enough for Portugal to qualify for the World Cup, but they were unable to qualify for the World Cup after losing. Portugal will now play in the play-offs for the World Cup qualifiers. Play-off games will be in March.
Dusan Tadic and Alexander Mitrovic scored in Serbia’s victory. Renato Sanchez’s goal was a consolation. Portugal took the lead in the second minute of Sunday night’s game in Lisboa with a goal from Renato Sanchez. He scored on a pass from Bernardo Silva.
However, Portugal could not maintain that lead until the last minute. In the 33rd minute, Dusan Tadic scored on a pass from Sasa Lukik to level the game at 1-1. The home team Portugal also lost the ball possession with Serbia.
Alexander Mitrovic scored in the 90th minute towards the end of the game to seal Serbia’s victory, leaving Portugal stunned at home. Team captain Cristiano Ronaldo could not perform fast in the game.
In Group A, Serbia added 20 points from 8 games. Portugal added 17 points. In this group, Ireland and Luxembourg added the same 9 points while Azerbaijan remained at the bottom with 1 point.