a world without Cristiano Ronaldo. That is what can happen next March if Portugal, which today fell before Serbia at home (1-2) when it was worth the draw, he is not able to overcome the play-off at which Mitrovic he sent them tonight.

The forward of the Fulham, who first warned on a previous occasion, scored the winning goal just before 90 ‘to put Serbia directly in the Qatar World Cup and leave the Portuguese subscribers to their fate. Sad fado in Portugal.

Football with an audience

From the beginning, the neighbors promised them very happily. They filled the stands with colors and chants and, to further agitate the staff, they took the lead in minute two. It was thanks to a mistake by the sevillista Gudelj who took advantage Renato Sanches to shoot and hit the target of the first chance they had. The stadium came to a boil, proving once again that with the public, this is another sport.

And with the scoreboard in favor, you know, everything looks a different color and the Portuguese demonstrated it, although it soon turned gray for them when Rui Patricio, also with a big error, he let a hard but simple shot pass into the goal from Tadic. From there, with the draw, the Serbs grew and could leave with an advantage at halftime if it were not for the referee who, with success, annulled a goal from Vlahovic offside.

Football with fear

In the second half Portugal played with fear. Stay out of a world scares anyone. AND Serbia, more used to absences, she left everything on the field to get her ticket to Qatar. Despite being the visiting team and having the public against it, he did not care and it was the Balkans who had the clearest chances.

In fact Mitrovic, ultimately the executioner, warned with a first shot that left near the goal of Rui Patricio. But in the second he did not forgive and in a set piece he put his head on the far post to send his country to the world directly.

Large hammer for the Portugal from Cristiano Ronaldo who will have to fight in the play-off for his place in a World Cup, an appointment to which he has been attending consecutively since 2002.




1- PORTUGAL: Rui Patricio; Cancelo, Fonte, R. Dias, N. Mendes, R. Sanches (Rubén Neves, 84′), D. Pereira (André Silva, 92′), J. Moutinho (B. Fernandes, 65′); Bernardo Silva (Palhinha, 64′), Diogo Jota (Joao Félix, 83′), Cristiano Ronaldo.

2-SERBIA: Rajkovic; Pavlovic, Veljkovic (Spajic, 65 ‘), Milenkovic; Kostic (Jovic, 89 ‘), Milinkovic Savic, Gudelj (Mitrovic, 46’), Lukic, Zivkovik (Radonjic, 69 ‘), Tadic, Vlahovic.

​GOLES: 1-0, R.Sanches (2’); 1-1, Tadic (33’); 1-2, Mitrovic (89’)

REFEREE: Daniele Orsato (Italy) Yellow card for YELLOW: Cancelo (8 ‘), Guldelj (13’), Milenkovic (14 ‘), Moutinho (61’), Pavlovic (66 ‘), Renato Sanches (67’), Milenkovic (70 ‘), Mitrovic (91’)

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