TO a few days after the victory over Turkey on native soil, Portugal configured to host North Macedonia in world Cup the final of the play-off mini-tournament, which will take place on Tuesday at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto.
Fernando Santos’ team saw Turkish striker Burak Yılmaz shoot a 2-1 penalty over the bar. Portugal went on to seal a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Otavio, Diogo Jota as well as Matheus Nunez.
Joao Cancelo returns from suspension and is expected to replace Manchester United Diogo Dalot on the right flank, and Pepe returned to training after missing the match with Turkey due to COVID-19, but Reuben Days miss due to injury.
concerning North Macedoniamidfielders Eldzhif Elmas as well as Tikhomir Kostadinov both will return from disqualification and could be included in the starting XI for this decisive match, which could see their team advance to world Cup for the first time in their history.
North Macedonia took many by surprise when they beat European Championship winners Italy away in the mini-tournament semi-final to advance to the final against Portugal.
Squad predictions for the match Portugal – North Macedonia
Predicted composition of Portugal (4-3-3): Diogo Costa; Joao Cancelo, Danilo Pereira, José Fonte, Rafael Guerreiro; Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes; Otavio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota
Predicted composition of North Macedonia (4-3-3): Stole Dimitrievsky; Stefan Ristovski, Darko Velkovski, Visar Musliu, Ezgyan Alioski; Eldzhif Elmas, Tikhomir Kostadinov, Enis Bardi; Darko Churlinov, Milan Ristovski, Alexander Trajkovski.
When will Portugal vs North Macedonia match start?
This Sunday the match between Portugal as well as North Macedonia will begin at 19:45 GMT local time in Portugal. For those who live in the UK, you can tune in at 19:45 GMT. For US viewers, the match will start at 2:45 pm ET/11:45 am PT.
Where to watch Portugal vs North Macedonia?
2022 World Cup play-off match between Portugal as well as North Macedonia will take place on Tuesday, March 29th. Those in the UK can watch the game on Sky Sports Action, while viewers in the US can tune in to ESPN+, UniMas, TUDN USA and ESPN2.