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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Big Controversy for Portugal, Belgium Disappoints

While the ball seemed to have crossed the line, a goal was refused to Cristiano Ronaldo in the last moments, during Serbia vs Portugal this Friday (2-2). In qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, Belgium also dropped points.

The French and the Spaniards are not the only big names in European football to drop points in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup . After starting these qualifiers with a convincing victory against Wales (3-1), Belgium did not do better than a draw this Saturday against Czech Republic (1-1).

Same disappointment for Portugal, hung by Serbia (2-2) three days after its short success in front of Azerbaijan (1-0).

Yet well launched by the double of Diogo Jota, aligned in attack alongside Bernardo Silva and Cristiano Ronaldo, the players of Fernando Santos passed in the second half.

Goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Filip Kostic came to punish the Portuguese defensive mistakes and their lack of seriousness.

A bad evening for Anthony Lopes, who again started in the absence of Rui Patricio, forfeit. With full confidence, Serbia could even have gone for the victory at the end of the match. But Portugal could also have come away with the three points.

Cristiano Ronaldo mad with rage, Lukaku still decisive

Cristiano Ronaldo goal denied
Cristiano Ronaldo goal denied

At the end of the suspense and extra time, Cristiano Ronaldo believed he had deceived the opposing goalkeeper. Stefan Mitrovic tore himself away to clear the ball, but looking at the slow motion, he seemed to have completely crossed the line . The referee, however, did not allow a goal for the five-time Golden Ball, logically mad with rage and outraged by this decision. Note that there is no goal-line technology or VAR in these qualifications.

Second in its group behind its evening opponent, Portugal will have the opportunity to recover on Tuesday against Luxembourg, who managed to win this Saturday versus Ireland (1-0).

The Belgians also disappointed. Jostled by enterprising Czechs and without complex, after a meeting without downtime, they conceded the opener on a strike from Lukas Provod at the start of the second half. Romelu Lukaku answered him with his 59th goal in selection, on a service from Kevin De Bruyne again very good but often forced to go down very low to build the game.

The two teams then found the amounts, failing to be decided. Next meeting for the Red Devils on Tuesday against Belarus.

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