Iran Press/ Europe: Portugal only needed a draw at home to second-placed Serbia in Lisbon on Sunday night to book their place in next year’s tournament, and despite taking the lead early on through Renato Sanches – Fernando Santos’ side failed to hold on, eventually losing the game after Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the last minute to give Serbia the win.
The loss on the night meant that Portugal would now need to win their playoff game to secure a spot in Qatar. It also meant that Ronaldo missed out on equalling a World Cup record as automatic qualification told that he would be playing his fifth World Cup finals.
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