Cristiano Ronaldo believes Portugal can still qualify for 2022 World Cup in Qatar© AFP
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo believes the team can still reach next year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Portugal went down 2-1 to Serbia on Sunday night as it secured a place in next year’s playoffs with 11 other nations. With that win, Serbia qualified for the showpiece event in Qatar. “Football has shown us time and again that sometimes the hardest roads are the ones that lead us to the most desired results,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram in Portuguese on Monday.
The 36-year-old forward could face his last World Cup after making four consecutive appearances in the tournament since 2006.
“Yesterday’s result was tough, but not hard enough to knock us down,” he said. “The goal of being in the 2022 World Cup is still very much alive and we know what we need to do to get there. No excuses. Portugal is on the way to Qatar,” Manchester United reflected.
Portugal got off to a great start and the home team started the scoring after just two minutes through Renato Sanches. However, Serbia bounced back and equalized with a strike from Dusan Tadic.
As stoppage time drew near, Alexander Mitrovic scored the crucial goal and gave the visitors a memorable victory. Portugal will now have to go through the playoffs to make it to next year’s showpiece.
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