Portugal vs North Macedonia: Portugal met North Macedonia in the 2ndnd UEFA World Cup Qualifying Round Final at Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal.
Portugal had the most possession in the first half. Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring for Portugal following a Stefan Ristovski error, giving them the lead before half-time. He scored again in the second half to double the home side’s lead. Portugal proved too strong for giant-slaying North Macedonia as they were unable to get back into the game.
Let’s check out the player ratings for the game:-
Portugal vs North Macedonia Player Ratings
Diogo Costa (6.5/10): Costa didn’t have a single shot on goal the whole game and didn’t have much to do.
João Cancelo (7.8/10): Cancelo had a decent match at right-back, despite giving away a few loose balls and being cautioned for losing his cool.
Danilo Pereira (7.6/10): Pereira played at centre-back, outside of his usual defensive midfield position. He has filled the new role quite well.
Pepe (7.7/10): The veteran completed the most passes in the game. His experience was evident as he arranged the defensive line well.
Nuno Mendes (8/10): Mendes was vital on the left flank. His crosses and passes contributed significantly to the victory.
Joao Moutinho (7.5/10): Moutinho distributed the ball well and his pass was perfectly directed forward.
Bernardo Silva (7/10): Silva was creative with the ball at foot and made some crucial passes. He was substituted towards the end of the second half.
Bruno Fernandes (9.1/10): Fernandes was the hero of the game as he scored twice in the crucial game to lead Portugal to the World Cup.
Ottavio (8.1/10): Otavio was the most fouled player on the pitch and also won the most tackles (15) in the match.
Diogo Iota (7.6/10): Jota was active up front and also set up Portugal’s second goal. He was replaced by Rafael Leao in the second half.
Cristiano Ronaldo (7.4/10): Ronaldo’s footballing skills were on full display as he demonstrated his range of skillful passes and tricks, registering an assist for Fernande’s first goal.
William Carvalho (NA)
Rafael Leao (NA)
Matheus Nunes (NA)
João Felix (NA)
Stole Dimitrievski (5/10): The North Macedonia goalkeeper was only able to save 1 of 3 shots on goal, 2 he missed, which led to his defeat.
Stefan Ristowski (5.8/10): Ristovski made a mistake that resulted in Portugal’s first goal. After that, his confidence was low and he couldn’t perform well.
Visar Musliu (7.2/10): Musliu was good at the back making some crucial challenges and blocks at the last minute.
Darko Velkowski (6.1/10): Velkovski could have been better as he failed to stop Portugal’s striker.
Ezgjan Alioski (5.9/10): The left-back always looked for trouble in dangerous duels. He was eventually booked late in the second half.
Eljif Elmas (5.7/10): Elmas had an unforgettable match. He only made one key pass and had 0 shots on target.
Enis Bardhi (6/10): Bardhi distributed the ball decently but his midfield presence was insignificant.
Arijan Ademi (6/10): Ademi failed to assert himself in the match and was ineffective throughout the game.
Aleksandar Trajkovski (6.4/10): Trajkovski attempted no shots and was not effective. He was substituted early in the second half.
Milan Ristovski (6/10): Ristovski looked completely ineffective in the match as he had only 10 touches of the ball in the entire first half and was therefore substituted at halftime.
Tihomir Kostadinov (6.2/10): Kostadinov had a poor game as he couldn’t create any chances or take any shots.
Bojan Miovski (6/10): Miovski’s leniency in the game didn’t affect the outcome.
Darko Churlinov (6.1/10): Churlinov was involved in a few counterattacks but otherwise had no real impact.
Stefan Askovski (NA)
Boban Nikolov (NA)
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