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Cristiano Ronaldo speaks out after failing to reach the World Cup with Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo speaks out after failing to reach the World Cup with Portugal

Portugal miss out on automatic World Cup qualification

A last-minute Serbia winner from Fulham man Alexander Mitrovic saw his country oust Portugal from the top spot of World Cup qualifying group A, and send the Serbians through to the World Cup in Qatar next year.

Portugal took the lead of the game 2 minutes in through a Renato Sanches strike, but failed to capitalise on their opener, allowing Serbia to first equalise and then to net the winner with moments to go, condemning Portugal to the second-place play-offs in the process.

It means that Portugal will have to play two further games, and win both, in order to ensure that they are one of the sides competing in Qatar come November 2022.

Ronaldo remains upbeat

Despite the defeat, which condemned Portugal to the play-offs, Ronaldo remained upbeat, taking to Instagram to issue a rallying cry to his fans and fellow teammates.

The Manchester United man wrote:

“Football has shown us time and time again that, at times, it is the most winding paths that lead to the most desired outcomes. Yesterday’s result was tough, but not enough to get us down. The objective of being at the 2022 World Cup is still very much alive and we know what we have to do to get there. No excuses. Portugal are heading to Qatar.”

 

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Among those that have joined Portugal in the play-offs are Sweden, Scotland, Russia, Poland and North Macedonia, while Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland are almost certain to claim the Nations League coefficient places.

Additionally, dependent on results this evening, they could be joined by Wales or Czech Republic, Finland or Ukraine and one of Turkey or Norway.

Will CR7 and co. be able to navigate their way through?

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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