Serbia had a nasty game against Portugal, and secured a direct place in the World Cup in Qatar the following year. The Serbian side won 2-1 thanks to an inspiring comeback after taking the lead with a Renato Sanches goal in the second minute of the game.
Dusan Tadic scored the equalizer after his powerful shot from the edge of the box was knocked over by Rui Patricio in the Portuguese goal, and then sealed the belated victory. Aleksander Mitrovic was left vacant in the far corner and scored after Tadic’s cross in the 91st minute to help Serbia secure a place in next year’s World Cup. Portugal will still have the opportunity to attend the World Cup, but must go through a tight play-off round.
Portugal player ratings
Rui Patrício- (5.5 / 10) – The saver had a horrible game on the field, as he let Dusan Tadic hit a shot that should have saved the veteran keeper.
Rúben Dias- (6.5 / 10) – The Manchester City defender had an outstanding performance in defence, both in position and possession. He finished with an 89% pass success rate, helping Portugal build attacks from the back.
José Fonte- (October 7) Substituting for Pepe, the 37-year-old had the perfect night in defence. He won 2 challenges in the air and made many impressive saves.
Nuno Mendes- (6.5 / 10) -Mendes was not like his usual routine when he went down the left wing when he did not have many opportunities to contribute up front. However, he did a good job defensively showing his pace against the full-backs.
João Cancelo- (6.5 / 10) – The right-back was under pressure throughout the game, after being shown an early yellow card after 9 minutes for a foul on Pavlovic.
Danilo Pereira- (7/10) – Danilo Pereira’s presence in defense is crucial for the home side. He won 5 air challenges and controlled the tempo of the game very well for his team.
João Moutinho- (6.5 / 10) – The veteran midfielder is very responsive with his pass, and blocks a number of counter-attacks that are flourishing. However, he was ultimately shown a yellow card for a rough tackle in the second half.
Renato Sanches- (7.5 / 10) – Sanches is active, covers midfield and contributes a lot in attack. He scored his first goal for Portugal, masterfully scoring with a powerful shot.
Cristiano Ronaldo- (6/10) – Not a great man’s night, as he didn’t have a big impact on the game. he had only one hit on target and failed to show his killer instincts.
Diogo Jota- (6.5 / 10) – Jota linked well with Bernardo Silva up front, however, sometimes his decision-making was not the best and some opportunities came his way .
Bernardo Silva- (7.5/10) – The Manchester City star created a spectacle whenever the ball was at his feet, performing some superb skill to wow the crowd. He was also the assist for the first goal, which came from his absolute will to win.
Joao Palninha- (6/10) – Palninha looked fine in his own time, coming on as a substitute for Joao Moutinho in the 64th minute.
Ruben neves- NA
Joao Felix- NA
Bruno Fernandes- 6/10
Andre Silva- NA
Serbian player ratings
Predrag Rajkovic- The keeper didn’t seem commanding under the stick, and almost conceded a goal with an easy cross. However, his blushing situation was saved when Portugal failed to capitalize on it.
Nikola Milenkovic- (6.5 / 10) – The defender was instrumental in stopping a number of dribbles down the left flank, where he didn’t allow Jota to get on the ball. However, an error in judgment caused him to receive a yellow card for a foul on Diogo Jota.
Strahinja Pavlovic- (7/10) – The defender was shown a silly yellow card after fouling Palninha on the flanks. Overall, though, he’s made a good change.
Milos Veljkovic- (6.5 / 10) – The defender defended well against the likes of Jota and Ronaldo, but had to leave the field early after being injured in a challenge. .
Sasa Lukic- Lukic provided the assist for the first goal, as Tadic made a superb pass to the forward for a speculative shot from outside the box. He finished the game with a pass rate of 89.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic- (October 7) – Milinkovic Savic was Serbia’s main driver of the night and gave everything on the pitch. The midfielder was present in attack as well as in defense to bring about an excellent night for Serbia.
Nemanja Gudelj- (5/10) – The midfielder didn’t have a great night as he was the one making the mistake that led to the first goal. He also received an early yellow card for a malicious challenge on Diogo Jota.
Filip Kostic- (6.5 / 10) – Kostic has caused trouble for Serbia on the left flank. he finds in the void behind Cancelo too often. His crosses need to be improved but apart from that, he’s done a good job.
Andrija Zivkovic- (6.5 / 10) – The full-back spent most of the game in the Portuguese half and made a couple of good crosses on the left.
Dusan Vlahovic- (7/10) – This striker supports very well in attack when linking well with Tadic and Milinkovic Savic. He came very close to scoring for Serbia after his shot missed the post early in the first half.
Dusan Tadic- (7.5 / 10) – Tadic was Serbia’s most important equalizer, scoring from a speculative effort from afar by Patricio. He also provided the pass to Mitrovic’s late winner from a corner.
Mitrovic- The substitute player scored the most important goal for Serbia. His header behind the post was met perfectly in the 91st minute to send Serbia into the World Cup in Qatar.
Luka Jovic- NA
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