Portugal Trainer Fernando Santos had to renounce the two central defender Pepe (Corona infection) and Ruben Dias (injured). In the attack, Diogo Jota and a bit surprisingly also – the local matador in the Estadio do Dragao – Otavio from FC Porto next to Cristiano Ronaldo. Also in the goal, the only 22-year-old Porto-Keeper Diogo Costa instead of Routinier Rui Patricio (Bank) was used.
Turkey coach Stefan Kuntz put in the defensive on a fifferette with the former Bundesliga players Kabak (formerly Stuttgart and Schalke) and Söyüncü (ex-Freiburg) and Bergamos Demiral as central defender in the defensive center.
Otavio in marginal, then with feeling
Portugal took over the initiative at the beginning and had a lot of possession, while the Turks lurked on counterattacks. After Diogo Jota had somehow completed after a free-kick edge from a very short distance (11.), the Iberer went a little later in the lead: After a successful turn, Bernardo Silva came to the edge of the penalty margin. His shot on the inner post finally bounced on Otavio, which dusted out of acute angle to 1: 0 (15th).
After the goal, the Turks were suddenly more offensive and came to opportunities for their part. Kutlu headed from a short distance to the external network (21.), Diogo Costa directed a shot of Kökcü on the post (27.). Until the break, the game was now open, it went back and forth. But more effective remained Portugal that in the 42nd minute after a successful movie to 2: 0 increased: This time Otavio acted as a flank, Liverpools Diogo Jota enforced by header control accurately to two-goal leadership.
Burak Yilmaz meets – and then awards crucial
After the side change, the Portuguese had the action very well under control. The Santos-Eleven left the ball well, Turkey barely came to offensive actions. But it was missing the third hatches: Bruno Fernandes forced Cakir to a parade (48.), Diogo Jota missed the empty Turkish gate against the uncommon from his penalty area Keeper in the 56th minute because he closed to overaste. And so it got exciting from nothing! Because after double pass with Cengiz Annoyed, Burak Yilmaz highlighted the connection goals in the middle of the second half (65th).
Now the Turks were briefly on top, again Yilmaz grimaced from a pointed angle (69th). After Otavio had a good chance for Portugal (75.), Yilmaz even offered the eleven meter’s grand chance to 2: 2 – the German referee team Daniel Siebert and Var Marco Fritz had a video review Foul of José Fonte peered at ENES ünal with the criminal decision. But the 36-year-old attacker left the opportunity and hit only the top of the cross-bat.
And so the Portuguese made by Joker Matheus Nunes in the detention time with the 3: 1 all clear (90. + 4). Seconds before the final whistle, Cristiano Ronaldo also met again aluminum (90. + 6).
Portugal meets in the play-off final on March 29 (20.45 clock) completely surprisingly on North Mazedonia, which had prevailed in its semi-finals at European champion Italy. Only the winner of this game receives one of the last World Cup tickets.
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