Bruno Fernandes was on target to Portugal reach the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup with a double in their play-off final win over North Macedonia. The Manchester United player won the ball in midfield, played a one-two with fellow Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and fired home from the edge of the box to open the scoring in Porto.
Bruno Fernandes Scores Two as Portugal Book World Cup Ticket
He then volleyed in Diogo Jota’s cross for the second having helped start the move himself outside his box. The Macedonians, who stunned Italy in the semis, could not fo the same against Portugal as they did not attempt to trouble the Portuguese. They never looked like reaching a first World Cup and failed to test Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa once.
Portugal qualifies for their sixth World Cup in a row with their 37-year-old skipper Cristiano Ronaldo going to the tournament for a fifth and potentially final time. Fernando Santos has led his country to Euro 2016 and the 2019 Nations League and is now targeting their first-ever World Cup crown.
The head coach who had earlier said if they fail to qualify he will resign said: “I have already won two competitions and I hope I can win the third one in Qatar.” “There was a spirit of mutual help and great support from the public. It was a deserved and fair win and qualification. I don’t remember any great goalscoring situations for their team.”
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe have played 334 games together for Real Madrid and Portugal, the two players with Joao Moutinho are the oldest in the team and it can be concluded that this will be their last World Cup outing except if Ronaldo wants to still play at 41.
After the match, Bruno Fernandes said: “The most important thing is that Portugal won. Everyone has ambition, Cristiano and I are no exception. Usually, the scores and I assist, but today it was the other way around.” The player said the most important thing for him is to help the team with goals to qualify for the World Cup that he has done.