Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo wants to lead his country to direct qualification for the World Cup “Qatar 2022” when he receives his Serbian runner-up in the first group in the final round of the European qualifying rounds.
The match will take place on Sunday evening, 22:45 Saudi time, 19:45 GMT.
The Portuguese captain and his team-mates, who faced Serbia to qualify directly for the football wedding in Qatar, had to go out in a goalless draw in the first group match.
The top ten finishers in each of the ten teams will advance directly to the final, while the runner-up teams will play a play-off between them, while the qualifying teams of the European Nations League will determine the identity of the other. Three teams from the old continent qualified.
The Portuguese and Serbian teams are tied on 17 points each, with 5 wins and two draws, but one goal in favor of Ronaldo’s side is in favor (+12 vs 2014 to reach the World Cup.
In the guise of a savior?
The Portuguese national team has been in a dull shape in recent times, as was the picture of a goalless draw against Ireland, ranked 51st in the national team rankings in Dublin last Thursday.
If he wants to join a closed club for players like Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and German Lothar Matas, who played in 5 World Cup finals, he will have to re-wear the savior costume of the world’s five-time best player “Celiso”.
Last September, the 36-year-old scored a 2-1 goal at stoppage time, avoiding a humiliating defeat on home soil against his country Portugal, Ireland, which allowed him to break the international record for most goals scored. Recorded in the name of Ali Day (109), an Iranian.
Ronaldo does not seem to want to be satisfied with 115 international goals, including 6 in the current qualifying rounds, so he said in an interview with Sky Sport last October: “I want to raise the bar to a higher level.”
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