Portugal beat Turkey ‘s resistance in the Euro 2022 World Cup Qualification play-off duel , Friday (25/3/2022). The score 3-1 locked Portugal’s victory.
Playing at the Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Fernando Santo’s troops were troubled by the Turkish resistance. The game of Cristiano Ronaldo et al. also not as good as usual.
Three of Portugal’s goals this time came from the actions of Otavio Monteiro (15′), Diogo Jota (42′), and Matheus Nunes (90+4′). Turkey could only reply to one goal through Burak Yilmaz in the second half (65′).
This victory led Portugal to the play-off final, duel with North Macedonia for a ticket to the 2022 World Cup finals.
This time Portugal was helped by the luck factor. They did not play optimally because of the absence of many important players. Ronaldo also can not do much.
1. Not an easy fight
The victory over Turkey took Portugal to the final of the 2022 World Cup Qualification play-off for the European zone track 3. In the final match Portugal will be challenged by North Macedonia.
At first glance this match will be easy for Portugal, but the fact is not so. North Macedonia just got rid of Italy, the European champions.
Against a team like North Macedonia it will be difficult because there are many possible surprises. Portugal must be extra vigilant, Ronaldo must not be careless.
2. Jota and his header
Diogo Jota scored Portugal’s second goal in this match. His goal came in the 42nd minute, an important moment to help the team control the game.
Interestingly, Jota’s contribution this time added to his collection of header goals. He scored five goals in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, all five from headers.
This record is quite impressive considering that Jota is not a tall player, he is not even a pure striker.
3. Skip the trouble
Duel between players in Portugal vs Turkey match, 2022 World Cup Qualification play-off
Portugal did not play optimally in this match. There are many reasons, one of which is the absence of many important players.
Fernando Santos lost many important players. Ruben Dias is injured, Joao Cancelo is banned from playing, Pepe has Covid-19, Ruben Neves is injured, and Renato Sanches is also unable to play.
Evidently, Portugal did not really control the game completely. Turkey occasionally get the momentum to score a goal back.
4. Luck factor
Turkey got a chance to equalize it at 2-2 in the final 10 minutes. At that time, they received a penalty in the 85th minute.
Unfortunately, Burak Yilmaz’s execution was poor. Portugal was lucky not to concede, even scoring the third goal at the end of the game (90+4′).
The luck factor sided with Portugal in this match. The problem is, in the final match they may still need it.
5. Expect young players
Cristiano Ronaldo has been the main star of Portugal for a dozen years. Now that he is no longer young, Ronaldo’s contribution has decreased slightly.
Even so, his presence is still very important on the field. Ronaldo is a symbol of Portugal’s strength and a role model for young players.
This time Ronaldo had to rely on Portugal’s young stars. Of course he can still contribute in his own way.