The game between Serbia and Portugal was a straight fight for World Cup qualification with the winner booking a berth in next year’s showpiece tournament. Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a late winner to book their place for the World Cup.
However, Portugal did have one final chance to level the score and qualify for the World Cup. The ball fell on Cristiano Ronaldo’s feet who tried to score from an impossible angle instead of looking for a teammate.
Football fans online were unimpressed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s selfish attempt and have criticized the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for the same. Here are some of the best tweets from the moment:
Cristiano Ronaldo himself had a poor outing against Serbia. The 36-year-old forward had only three shots in the entire game, with two of those being off target, while the third was blocked.
Portugal will have to go through the playoffs to secure qualification to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Serbia, on the other hand, have qualified for their second consecutive World Cup after missing out on the 2014 edition.
Portugal will be seeded in Pot 1 for the World Cup playoffs. This should theoretically give the Selecao an easy draw to secure qualification.
Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal from the front during World Cup Qualifiers
Cristiano Ronaldo was once again Portugal’s talisman during their World Cup qualification campaign. He scored six goals in the campaign, the most by a Portuguese player.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored some important goals for Portugal during the group phase of the qualification round. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored two late goals against the Republic of Ireland to secure a 2-1 comeback win for the Euro 2016 winners.
Cristiano Ronaldo also scored a hat-trick against Luxembourg earlier this year. That was Ronaldo’s 10th international hat-trick, which is a world record.
Ronaldo will now be aiming to lead his side into their sixth consecutive World Cup. The 2022 edition of the showpiece tournament will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s final chance of winning football’s biggest competition.
Ronaldo holds the record for most caps and goals for Portugal. He has scored 115 goals in 184 appearances for the Portuguese national side.
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