European Championship Qualifying - Group B
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Euro 2020 qualifier: Portugal beat Serbia in six-goal thriller

Portugal
William Carvalho is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring his third international goal

European and Nations League champions Portugal kick-started their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a hard-fought win over Serbia in Belgrade.

Portugal went ahead through William Carvalho and Goncalo Guedes before Nikola Milenkovic pulled one back.

But further goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva ensured Portugal took home three points despite Aleksandar Mitrovic's late goal.

Portugal now sit on five points from their three Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Serbia have taken only four points from their four qualifiers to date.

In what was their first outing since their Nations League triumph over the Netherlands in June, Portugal struggled to get going against a hard-working Serbian side, who more than held their own throughout.

And after an even first half they somewhat fortuitously went ahead when Carvalho poked home after a defensive mishap involving Serbian goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic and defenders Nikola Milenkovic and Matija Nastasic following Bruno Fernandes' deep cross.

Guedes, who scored the only goal in the Nations League final, added their second when he skipped past Nikola Maksimovic and fired into the top corner after some fine, one-touch build-up play from Silva, Ronaldo and Fernandes.

Serbia, who deserved more from the game, halved the defecit through Milenkovic's header from Dusan Tadic's corner only for Ronaldo to score for Portugal with a fine dinked finish just minutes later.

Mitrovic looked to have set up a tense finale on 85 minutes when he blasted home after receiving Tadic's pass but Portugal again struck back almost immediately through Silva's measured finish from the edge of the box, which sealed their first win of the qualifying campaign.

Serbia, who only introduced Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic with three minutes left, will now look to reignite their qualifying campaign in Luxembourg on Tuesday while Portugal face Lithuania in Vilnius the same night.

Line-ups

Serbia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Dmitrovic
  • 19MaksimovicBooked at 10mins
  • 18Milenkovic
  • 5Nastasic
  • 11KolarovBooked at 64mins
  • 21Matic
  • 4MilivojevicSubstituted forJovicat 87'minutes
  • 14LazovicSubstituted forLjajicat 59'minutes
  • 10Tadic
  • 17KosticSubstituted forKataiat 83'minutes
  • 9Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 2Rukavina
  • 3Mladenovic
  • 6Katai
  • 7Radonjic
  • 8Jovic
  • 12Rajkovic
  • 13Gobeljic
  • 15Spajic
  • 16Lukic
  • 20Milinkovic-Savic
  • 22Ljajic
  • 23Radunovic

Portugal

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 2Nélson SemedoSubstituted forCanceloat 65'minutes
  • 6José Fonte
  • 4Rúben DiasBooked at 39mins
  • 5Guerreiro
  • 13Danilo
  • 10Bernardo Silva
  • 14William CarvalhoBooked at 89mins
  • 11Bruno FernandesSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 85'minutes
  • 17Gonçalo GuedesSubstituted forSequeiraat 70'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 3Martins Carriço
  • 8João Moutinho
  • 9Jota
  • 12Malheiro de Sá
  • 15Ferreira Silva
  • 16Renato Sanches
  • 18Neves
  • 19Mário Rui
  • 20Cancelo
  • 21Afonso Fernandes
  • 22Beto
  • 23Sequeira
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir

Match Stats

Home TeamSerbiaAway TeamPortugal
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Serbia 2, Portugal 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Serbia 2, Portugal 4.

  3. Post update

    Foul by João Moutinho (Portugal).

  4. Post update

    Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Nikola Milenkovic.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. João Félix (Portugal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aleksandar Katai (Serbia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adem Ljajic.

  8. Post update

    Foul by João Cancelo (Portugal).

  9. Post update

    Aleksandar Katai (Serbia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by João Moutinho (Portugal).

  11. Booking

    William Carvalho (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

  13. Post update

    Dusan Tadic (Serbia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Serbia. Luka Jovic replaces Luka Milivojevic.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Serbia 2, Portugal 4. Bernardo Silva (Portugal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raphael Guerreiro.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. João Moutinho replaces Bruno Fernandes.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Serbia 2, Portugal 3. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Serbia. Aleksandar Katai replaces Filip Kostic.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adem Ljajic (Serbia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England3300141139
2Kosovo42207528
3Czech Rep420268-26
4Montenegro4022310-72
5Bulgaria5023511-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine54101111013
2Portugal31205325
3Luxembourg411245-14
4Serbia4112711-44
5Lithuania4013310-71

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland440072512
2Germany430115699
3Netherlands320110556
4Belarus5104310-73
5Estonia4004214-120

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland532062411
2Denmark4220155108
3Switzerland31206425
4Georgia410348-43
5Gibraltar4004012-120

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hungary43016429
2Croatia43019459
3Wales42024406
4Slovakia42027616
5Azerbaijan4004412-80

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain55001331015
2Sweden5311127510
3Norway522110738
4Romania521212757
5Malta5104212-103
6Faroe Islands5005316-130

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland540182612
2Austria530213679
3Slovenia52219368
4Israel52219818
5North Macedonia512268-25
6Latvia5005119-180

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France54011641212
2Turkey5401102812
3Iceland540185312
4Albania520367-16
5Moldova5104213-113
6Andorra5005011-110

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium55001511415
2Russia54011741312
3Kazakhstan52128807
4Scotland520359-46
5Cyprus51137614
6San Marino5005024-240

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy55001621415
2Finland540172512
3Bos-Herze521210737
4Armenia520389-16
5Greece511369-34
6Liechtenstein5005018-180
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