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Serbia, Spain fit the bill for 2022 World Cup, Portugal staggered

Cristiano Ronaldo's expectations of playing in a record-equalling fifth World Cup remain in a critical state after Serbia staggered Portugal 2-1 in Lisbon to meet all requirements for the 2022 World Cup. 

Spain and Croatia got their places in Qatar on Sunday because of 1-0 successes over Sweden and Russia separately. 

Ronaldo as of now holds the record of playing in five European Championships and looked well on course for one more achievement as Portugal stomped out of the squares to open the scoring after only two minutes through Renato Sanches. 

Notwithstanding, Serbia ricocheted back to rule the rest of the main half and deservedly evened out when Dusan Tadic's strike pressed in off the post after Dusan Vlahovic had hit the woodwork. 

Ronaldo was stayed silent as one more opportunity to score his 800th profession objective traveled every which way. 

Rather it was Aleksandar Mitrovic who snatched the essential objective as stoppage time drew closer. 

A little more than a year prior, Mitrovic was the scalawag for his nation as he was the main player to neglect to score in a punishment shootout against Scotland that saw Serbia pass up Euro 2020. 

Notwithstanding, the Fulham striker offered peace in emotional style when he guided in Tadic's header at the back post. 

"It was a stunning game," said Mitrovic. "We were the better group today in each part of the game." 

Portugal should now explore two interesting oddball season finisher matches in March to keep up with their record of fitting the bill for each significant competition since the 1998 World Cup. 

'Gigantic load off' 

"We should apologize to the Portuguese yet my group will be at the World Cup, that is ensured," said disobedient Portugal mentor Fernando Santos. 

"We should get ready well to beat our rivals in March and to get to Qatar. However, I generally trust my players." 

Spain ensured they kept away from the end of the season games as Alvaro Morata's objective a little ways from time finished Sweden's obstruction in Seville. 

The Swedes' shock 2-0 loss to Kazakhstan on Thursday had given Spain post situation in Group B, which means La Roja definitely required a highlight qualify. 

Luis Enrique's men were appreciative for that relief concerning quite a while a rehash of the impasse between the sides when they met in the gathering phases of Euro 2020 was on the cards. 

Morata was the fall fellow that evening for passing up on a large group of possibilities, yet leaving his imprint off the seat with a quiet completion after Robin Olsen had turned Dani Olmo's rankling shot onto the bar. 

"Frankly, it is an immense load off my shoulders," said Luis Enrique. "I felt considerably more strain in these games when individuals think it is not difficult to get an outcome than in the Euro or the Nations League." 

Croatia likewise required a late victor as an own objective from Fedor Kudryashov grabbed capability from Russia in a fight in boggy conditions in Split. 

Finalists at the last World Cup in 2018, Croatia looked destined for the end of the season games as they worked on a waterlogged pitch against an unfaltering Russian protection. 

Yet, Kudryashov's blunder saw them grab best position from the guests a short ways from time. 

"It was a troublesome match from the start in light of the downpour. We never surrendered, we were patient and I think we won deservedly. We are the best group in this gathering," said Croatia skipper Luka Modric. 

Germany had since a long time ago reserved their place in Qatar, yet adjusted their passing effort with a 4-1 whipping of Armenia as Ilkay Gundogan scored twice. 

North Macedonia got the season finisher place behind the four-time title holders with a 3-1 success over Iceland. 


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