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Portugal's Group A goals scored on a player by player basis (8 games)
Ronaldo 6 goals
Diogo Jota 4 goals
J. Palhinha 2 goals
Bernardo 1 goal
Andre Silva 1 goal
B. Fernandes 1 goal
R. Sanches 1 goal
Ronaldo gunning for fifth World Cup appearance
Cristiano Ronaldo will look to get Portugal in the World Cup for the sixth straight time and eighth overall when he and the nation battle in a playoff to earn one of three UEFA spots still remaining for World Cup 2022.
P.F.F. announce Fernando Santos is safe... for now
Portugal manager Fernando Santos will maintain his role as the Quinas boss and be on the sidelines when Portugal try to reach World Cup 2022. Santos has had an amazing run with Portugal but if the nation is to miss the World Cup, Santos time with Portugal will be over.
Sanches been a bull in the midfield
Renato Sanches has regained his confidence which has lead to his return of form from the days of the Euro 2016 title. It is hard to not name Sanches as Portugal's top player over the course of the last few months.
Portugal to miss Cancelo and Sanches in playoff
Portugal will be without the services of right back Joao Cancelo and midfielder Renato Sanches in their semi-final playoff game due to accumulation of yellow cards during qualifying.
Portugal's 25 man squad for last round of World Cup qualifying
Ronaldo's disallowed goal comes back to haunt Portugal
If UEFA would have had VAR from the beginning of qualifying then we would be discussing how Portugal qualified for another World Cup but instead we are left in despair after another disappointing result against a much inferior opponent in Serbia. What we know is that in Portugal's first encounter with Serbia the nation blew a 2-0 lead but in injury time, Ronaldo scored a goal that was cleared by a Serbian player but not before it had clearly crossed the line. The match officials came to the conclusion that it was no goal but with no VAR at their disposal it could not be over turned which should have awarded Portugal the victory and crucial three points, making the final game all but meaningless.
Portugal disappoint and head to playoff for World Cup spot
Portugal's continued poor form dates back to the start of their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign and it has finally caught up to the nation with a devastating home loss to Serbia that has knocked Portugal into a twelve nation playoff that the Quinas will need to win two games from their group of four to advance to Qatar for World Cup 2022. Portugal's opponents will be known after a draw that takes place November 26 and being one of six seeded countries they will host the semi-final game against either Poland, Turkey, Austria, Ukraine, Czech Republic or North Macedonia.
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