thanks to an Otavio in top form, the Portuguese stand out

It’s rest in Porto! (2-0)

Portugal did the hard part!

The Selecao blows

The Liverpool player takes a nice thorn out of the Portuguese, who now has something to do with it. This flurry turns even more in favor of the hosts just before the break.

JOTA MAKES THE BREAAAAK!!! (2-0)

Portugal stands out with a second goal that does a lot of good!! In a perfect cross from Otavio, Jota goes ahead with a header to the far post that crosses Cakir!!

The defense to three of the Turks does not bother

The debates were rebalanced, with a Seleçao once again threatening. The Turks handle the pressure as best they can, with the three-man defense clearing away as soon as they can.

From one goal to another! (1-0)

What a cross, literally, by Ünder from the left. The Marseilles hit their ball, headed in disaster by Fonte in front of Yilmaz! In the counter that follows, it takes Kabak’s heroic defensive move to save the camp from him!

It’s hot on the lawn

He handed out yellow cards to Celik and Jota, who play roosters on the edge of the wing. The referee calms everyone down.

Statistics

Portugal is used to the play-offs, which it has always won in recent years. Whether for the 2010 World Cup (1-0, 1-0 against Bosnia and Herzegovina), Euro 2012 (0-0, 6-2 again against Bosnia and Herzegovina) or the 2014 World Cup (1-0, 3 -2 against Sweden).

ronaldo’s head

The Portuguese need to calm down, they have lost a lot of control since they opened the scoring. On a long free kick, Bruno Fernandes finds Ronaldo’s head too crossed… all the same offside.

The Turks make Portugal doubt

Another stop for Costa at the foot of his post. In the corner that follows, Demiral misadjusts his header. Turkey is much better!

The Seleçao plays scared! (1-0)

Another big mistake in the Portuguese rearguard, Otavio was robbed of the ball in a dangerous zone. Yilmaz has the axis full time but he crosses his shot from the left too much!

Kutlu on the brink of a tie!! (1-0)

It is very hot in the Portuguese area, where danger is terribly close! Following a cross from the right, Kutlu goes over Dalot and punctures his head just inches from the post!!

Daniel’s mistake

Ünder again brings danger up front and this time takes advantage from distance, after taking advantage of a gift against his own surface from the Parisian Danilo Pereira. Costa is attentive and captures in two times.

The Turks try to react

Very good read by Costa, who positions himself well in a cross from Ünder and captures the ball in a dangerous zone.

Portugal from the far right

What is the best way to start this bombardment for the Portuguese? Otavio, an FC Porto player, scored his second goal in front of his usual crowd and allowed the Lusitanians to breathe in the midst of this tense barrage.

OTAVIOOOOOOOO!!! (1-0)

At the end of a beautiful collective action, the local concretizes the dominance of the Portuguese!! On the lookout for a Bernardo Silva shot deflected off the post, Otavio overturns his Dragon Stadium and throws the ball back at a tight angle!!

Ronaldo frames this time

Portugal really took the match on the right, and it raises serious concerns for the feverish Turks. Ronaldo tests Cakir’s gloves from afar.

Jota saw it in her!! (0-0)

Foul deflected to the right for the Portuguese. Bruno Fernandes commands and distills a wonderful cross that Jota recovers a few meters from the goal… but he manages to put it up!!!

Guerrero-Dalot offensive, inaccurate CR7

The Portuguese maintain a constant pressure in the opposite field. Very willing, the Lusitanian side forces the Turkish bloc to withdraw often. In a cross from Dalot, Ronaldo does not lie down enough and sends his shot into the air.

Turkish airlines

The Lusitanos maintain control of the ball but they still lack a bit of precision in traffic. Cakir reads well the air trajectory in this center of Guerreiro, and prevails over all.

We meet once more

Head of the Portuguese defense this afternoon, Fonte knocks down his LOSC teammate Yilmaz, who dives down the left. The two men know each other by heart, it will be one of the duels to follow.

Already in the rhythm

We don’t take the time for careful introductions, and rush to attack one side or the other in these first few minutes. There was chaos in the Turkish area, after a one-on-one between CR7 and Celik.

Let’s go to Porto! (0-0)

It is the Turks who are kicking off this semi-final of the play-offs for the 2022 World Cup!

Kick-off is imminent!

The players enter the field of the Dragon stadium, accompanied by the match official, the German Daniel Siebert. The national anthems are playing!

17 teams already qualified

Before these play-offs, many nations are already guaranteed to play in the next World Cup:

► Europe: France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, the Netherlands, Switzerland and England;
► Asia: Qatar, Iran, South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia;
► South America: Brazil and Argentina.

CR7 also plays his international future

Cristiano Ronaldo will be especially expected, the five-time Ballon d’Or will try to imitate his performance in the 2014 play-offs, in which he scored 4 goals in two games against Sweden to qualify his country. Above all, at 37 years old, an elimination even before the start of the next World Cup could well sound like an international retirement for CR7.

Portugal in doubt, Turkey is a little better

If the Seleçao is there it is because the work has not been done in recent months. The Portuguese finished second in their group in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, behind Serbia. And they remain in two outings without winning, in Ireland (0-0) and against the Serbs (1-2).

Totally unrecognizable during the last European Championship, the last of their group, Turkey found some colors afterwards. After a slap received in the Netherlands (6-1), during the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, coach Senol Gunes was replaced by Stefan Kuntz. Since then, Turkey have not lost, racking up 3 wins and 1 draw to finish second in their group.

Reminder of the rules

Rankings work in the form of play-offs. The competing European national teams play a semi-final and then a final. The winner of each final will play the World Cup next November and will be part of the draw for the competition that will take place on Friday, April 1 in Doha, Qatar.

Hecatomb for Portugal

The Seleçao has to do with a plethora of absent players, especially in defense. Rubén Dias, Nelson Semedo or Lille midfielder Renato Sanches had not been able to form part of the initial list. Bundles that have been added from those of Pepe (covid), Ruben Neves and Lyonnais Anthony Lopes (injured). Finally, Joao Cancelo is sanctioned.

Two finals for the World Cup

Forced to go through the play-offs, the Portuguese, if they win tonight, have a good chance of facing Italy, the current European champions facing North Macedonia at the same time, in the final of the organized mini-tournaments next Tuesday. . by UEFA to distribute the last tickets for the World Cup.

The composition of Turkey

Le onze: Cakir – Kabab, Demiral, Soyuncu, Kutlu – Celik, Kokcu, Calhanoglu, Akturkoglu – Yilmaz, Ünder.

A double achieved in Ligue 1 in front with Lille Yilmaz and Marseillais Ünder starting.

The composition of Portugal

Eleven: Diogo Costa – Dalot, Danilo, Fonte, Guerreiro – Otavio, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Moutinho – Bernado Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota.

On the bench are Joao Félix and Rui Patricio. Cristiano Ronaldo is accompanied by the Jota-Bernardo Silva duo at the front.

Goodnight everyone !

Goodnight everyone ! Welcome to RMC Sport to follow live the first play-off of the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, between Portugal and Turkey. The two teams must imperatively win if they want to see the World Cup in Qatar in November.

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