Portugal survive penalty drama to beat Turkey and stay on track for World Cup
Portugal are through to a conclusive World Cup qualifying play-off last one week from now subsequent to beating Turkey 3-1 in Porto on Thursday, yet solely after Burak Yilmaz missed a critical late punishment for the guests.
The home side were cruising at the Estadio do Dragao because of first-half objectives by Brazilian-conceived midfielder Otavio and Liverpool forward Diogo Jota. Be that as it may, Turkey’s veteran captain Yilmaz pulled an objective, harking back to the 65th moment, setting up a strained completion.
Turkey were then granted a late punishment when a foul on Enes Unal was identified by the German ref following a VAR survey, yet Yilmaz put the spot-kick over the bar and Matheus Nunes got Portugal’s triumph in stoppage time.
The 36-year-old Yilmaz may now never find the opportunity to play at a World Cup as Turkey’s stand by to get back to the finals goes on.
They have not showed up at the World Cup since coming third in Japan and South Korea in 2002.
Portugal have not passed up the competition beginning around 1998 and they will presently hope to get a spot in Qatar when they have North Macedonia in a play-off decider next Tuesday.
At 37, Cristiano Ronaldo’s fantasy of World Cup brilliance stays alive and hardly any sides in worldwide football can match the going after danger of Fernando Santos’ group. Here Santos left Joao Felix on the seat and gave an unexpected beginning to Otavio, the Brazilian-conceived Porto winger.
The 2016 European bosses began unequivocally and went on the quarter-hour mark as a Bernardo Silva shot hit the post and Otavio, winning simply his third cap, got the development.
The subsequent objective showed up three minutes before the span toward the finish of a streaming move, as Otavio cut a cross from the edge of the crate for Jota to head in at the back post. Portugal were cruising however at that point Turkey pulled one, thinking back to the 65th moment as Cengiz Under slipped a pass in for Lille forward Yilmaz to score.
The home side, missing their best option place back matching of Pepe and Ruben Dias because of Covid-19 and injury separately, started to look temperamental and Turkey made use.
Jose Fonte’s contact with Unal in the case was at first missed by official Daniel Siebert however he granted a punishment subsequent to evaluating the pictures, regardless of the Turkey player plainly misrepresenting the effect of the test.
Yilmaz might have constrained additional time yet his 85th-minute kick touched the bar and flew over, to the alleviation of the home group. Substitute Nunes, likewise brought into the world in Brazil, made it 3-1 in the fourth moment of stoppage time, in which unsurpassed top worldwide objective scorer Ronaldo additionally hit the bar as Portugal progress.