TI have the last few places in World Cup 2022 in Qatar is about to be decided, and we have an unexpected playoff in portace Portugal accepts North Macedonia.. Only one of these teams can reach the World Cup final, so it’s all or nothing for two teams. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. will be determined to get to Qatar while Macedonia just eliminated the Euro 2020 winner from Italy. In this live blog, we’ll be covering all the action in what should be an exciting competition.
World Cup playoffs: Portugal v North Macedonia
This is the very beginning of our live blog about the 2022 World Cup Playoffs between Portugal and North Macedonia. All updates will follow below, with the ones closest to the start being the most recent.
Portugal – North Macedonia – Official Lineups
Joao Felix is not in Portugal’s starting lineup as Cristiano Ronaldo is backed by Liverpool’s Diogo Jota and Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva.
Portugal: Diogo Costa – Cancelo, Danilo, Pepe, Nuno Mendes – Bruno Fernandes, Joao Moutinho, Otavio – Cristiano Ronaldo (c), Diogo Jota, Bernardo Silva
North Macedonia: Dimitrievsky – Ristovski (c), Musliu, Velkovski, Alioski – Ademi, Kostadinov – Elmas, Bardi, Trajkovski – M. Ristovski
Victories over Turkey and Italy
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal qualified for the World Cup playoffs after beating Turkey in the previous round. A 3-1 win thanks to goals from Otavio, Diogo Jota and Matheus Nunez was enough to put Fernando Santos’ team ahead. North Macedonia was very upset when a goal in the 92nd minute against the winners of Euro 2020 was scored.
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’s match between Portugal and North Macedonia kicks off at 19:45 CET, local time in Portugal. For those living in the UK, you can tune in at 19:45 BST. For US viewers, the match will start at 2:45 pm ET/11:45 am PT.
Where to watch Portugal vs North Macedonia?
The 2022 World Cup play-off duel between Portugal and North Macedonia will take place on Tuesday 29 March. Those living 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.