Portugal kept their hopes of reaching the 2022 World Cup alive with a victory over Turkey. Turkey missed a penalty in the last minute of the game in the play-off semi-final in Porto as Portugal recorded a 3-1 win. The first half of the game was in favor of the home team as they recorded two goals. Goals from Otavio and Liverpool’s Diogo Jota put the hosts in control at Estadio do Dragao and they looked to be cruising into the play-off final before Turkey responded.
Portugal’s Victory over Turkey Gave them World Cup Hopes
Burak Yilmaz side-footed into the bottom corner with 25 minutes remaining to set up a nervy finish but then fired over the crossbar from the penalty spot. Matheus Nunes then added a third for the home side in stoppage time to put the game beyond Turkey. Fernando Santos’ side, denied automatic qualification from the group by Serbia, will now face North Macedonia on Tuesday for the chance to book a place in Qatar.
Portugal was no doubt expecting to find Italy waiting for them in their play-off final, but Aleksandar Trajkovski’s stoppage-time winner gave North Macedonia a shock win against the European champions Italy.
Speaking about it Portugal head coach Santos said: “These games are finals. Finals are always complicated.” He also said: “We won the first one and now we have to win the second. That’s what we’re going to focus on.” “This game is over. Now we have to focus on North Macedonia, which will be a difficult game for sure. If they managed to beat Italy that means it’s going to be very difficult.”