Portugal eliminates Turkey from UEFA World Cup

Written By Lara Silva

Portugal has eliminated Turkey in the UEFA World Cup playoff seminal final defeating them 3-1 in Porto on Thursday. Otavio, Diogo Jota, and Matheus Nunes score the three goals.

The Portuguese team reached half-time with a comfortable lead, with two goals already scored by Otavio and Mateus Nunes. However, Turkey stepped up their game by the second half, as Burak Yilmaz scored one goal at minute 65.

A penalty shot was given to Turkey, one that player Burak Yilmaz missed at 85 minutes, 5 minutes until the end of the game. If he had scored, the teams would have tied. Fortunately for Portugal, Matheus Nunes scored a goal at 90 minutes, leading to the 3-1 final score.

Portugal will play against North Macedonia on March 29 to determine if the team qualifies for the UEFA World Cup. A spot at the Fifa World Cup is on the line. North Macedonia eliminated Italy in a shocking game with a 1-0 win.

Concerning the next game against North Macedonia, Fernando Santos said in the post-play off press conference:

“Nothing surprises me. I have won finals that were going to be difficult and have lost one that I thought we would win. Finals are won. There’s only one word: winning. Entering a final thinking that it will be easier… We need to have the same respect we had for Turkey. Respect is not fear. Turkey was not as strong because Portugal respected her. We would have the same respect for Italy and we will have even more respect for Macedonia”.

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