World Cup Qualifiers Roundup: Ronaldo denied a late winner as Portugal was held by Serbia; Other qualifying results

Cristiano Ronaldo was left distraught and filled with emotions after his last gasp goal effort was ruled out in Portugal’s World Cup qualifying match against Serbia.

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The Juventus frontman beat Serbia’s keeper Marko Dmitrovic to a long ball and side-footed it towards goal only for Stefan Mitrovic to clear it but television replays suggested it had crossed the line.

The match ended in a 2-2 draw and both teams are now level on 4 points.

Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic made history as he became his country’s all-time top scorer on 39 goals from 63 international appearances after scoring in the 2-2 home draw with Portugal in a thrilling 2022 World Cup Group A qualifier.

The Serbians showed grit as they fought back from two goals down to earn a share of the spoils. Fulham striker Mitrovic pulled one back in the 46th minute while Filip Kostic levelled after a Diogo Jota double had given Portugal a 2-0 lead in the first half.

Nikola Milenkovic was sent off in stoppage time for Serbia, having been shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on an opponent and Cristiano Ronaldo had a seemingly good goal denied seconds later.

Czech Republic 1-1 Belgium: The Red devils fight back to draw in Prague

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Romelu Lukaku was the difference-maker once again as his second-half strike saved Belgium from a loss to the Czech Republic in an entertaining World Cup qualifier that eventually ended in a 1-1 draw.

Lukas Provod scored the opener as the home side took the lead. It was also Provod’s first international goal and it came just after the break when he gathered the ball in space and sent a long-range, right-footed strike past Belgium ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois.

Lukaku however leveled for the Red Devils in the 60th minute when he turned defender Ondrej Celustka and sent a shot that deflected off the ‘keeper’s right leg into the net.

Both sides searched for a winner to no avail as the woodwork denied them on a couple of occasions. Kevin De Bruyne’s shot from the edge of the box hit the woodwork in the 70th minute and Czech defender Jan Boril doing the same in the 84th minute.

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Saturday 27th March results

  • Montenegro 4-1 Gibraltar
  • Russia 2-1 Slovenia
  • Netherlands 2-0 Latvia
  • Czech Republic 1-1 Belgium
  • Republic of Ireland 0-1 Luxembourg
  • Serbia 2-2 Portugal
  • Slovakia 2-2 Malta
  • Turks and Caicos Islands 0-7 Nicaragua
  • Anguilla 0-6 Dominican Republic
  • British Virgin Islands 0-3 Guatemala
  • Bahamas 0-4 St. Kitts and Nevis
  • US Virgin Islands 0-3 Antigua and Barbuda
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