A head-turning statistic surrounding the recent production of Diogo Jota in the colours of his country has come to the fore on Thursday evening.
Jota, of course, is currently locked in action with Portugal.
In a crucial outing for A Selecao, they have welcomed Turkey to the Estadio do Dragao, in the first of a potential two World Cup playoff fixtures over the coming week.
And, as things stand, Fernando Santos’ men look well on their way to a finale showdown with one of Italy or North Macedonia.
The evening’s hosts are currently in possession of a 2-1 lead, owing to strikes on the part of both Otavio and the aforementioned Jota.
The latter’s proved particularly eye-catching, with Liverpool’s in-form attacker having thumped home a superb header from Otavio’s pinpoint delivery, to double Portugal’s advantage late in the first-half:
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Diogo Jota has scored a header you’re going to want to watch 👀 pic.twitter.com/WfhlTxbWwx
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 24, 2022
And Jota’s fine finish has since given rise to quite the statistic, with it revealed that all five of the former Wolves standout’s goals in Portugal’s 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign have come courtesy of his head:
Diogo Jota has scored five goals in World Cup 2022 qualifying for Portugal:
Lethal in the air. ✈️ pic.twitter.com/LBpLRgw4t0
— Squawka (@Squawka) March 24, 2022
Turning attentions towards developments on the other side of the Group C qualification path, late in proceedings in Palermo, the scoreline remains deadlocked.
Despite completely dominating their North Macedonian opponents, European champions Italy remain in genuine danger of failing to book a spot in Qatar later this year, in what, should such a scenario unfold, would prove a 2nd-straight World Cup without the presence of the Azzurri.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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