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Serbia 2-2 Portugal: Diogo Jota scores twice & Cristiano Ronaldo left fuming

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Cristiano Ronaldo was infuriated after it was ruled his shot in stoppage time had not crossed the line

Cristiano Ronaldo stormed off the pitch at full time when he was denied a stoppage-time winner in Portugal's 2-2 draw in Serbia.

Liverpool's Diogo Jota scored two headers for the Group A favourites before Serbia fought back in their World Cup qualifier.

Aleksandar Mitrovic pulled one back before Filip Kostic slotted in.

But the visitors were furious when Ronaldo's late effort was judged not to have crossed the line.

The Juventus forward thought he had scored with his angled shot and was aghast when the officials ruled he had not. There was no goalline technology available for the match.

Portugal's all-time leading scorer was booked for protesting, and at the final whistle threw his captain's armband to the turf and stormed down the tunnel at the Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade.

"There are moments which are tough to digest especially when we feel the entire nation is being punished," Ronaldo said on Instagram. "We will keep our heads up and move on to the next challenge."

Also in stoppage time, Serbia were reduced to 10 men when Nikola Milenkovic was shown a straight red for a foul on Porto's Danilo Pereira.

Mitrovic effort shortly after the break saw him become Serbia and the former Yugoslavia's all-time leading goalscorer. The Fulham forward's 39th goal moved him one clear of former Yugoslavia player Stjepan Bobek.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos also reached a milestone - 1,000 games as head coach at club and international level.

He said: "The referee apologised to me straight after the game and we now have to move on.

"It was a clear goal but there is nothing we can do now. We controlled the first half but lost our focus in the second and failed to contain Serbia as they surged forward."

Line-ups

Serbia

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Dmitrovic
  • 4MilenkovicBooked at 90mins
  • 13Mitrovic
  • 2Pavlovic
  • 22LazovicSubstituted forMaksimovicat 45'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 20Milinkovic-Savic
  • 8Gudelj
  • 17KosticSubstituted forRisticat 72'minutes
  • 10TadicSubstituted forDjuricicat 82'minutes
  • 18VlahovicSubstituted forRadonjicat 45'minutes
  • 9MitrovicBooked at 85minsSubstituted forJovicat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Petkovic
  • 5Spajic
  • 6Maksimovic
  • 7Radonjic
  • 11Jovic
  • 12Rajkovic
  • 14Zivkovic
  • 15Krsticic
  • 16Grujic
  • 19Ristic
  • 21Djuricic
  • 23Nikolic

Portugal

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Lopes
  • 21Cédric Soares
  • 6José FonteBooked at 54mins
  • 4Rúben Dias
  • 20CanceloSubstituted forTavares Mendesat 72'minutes
  • 8Bruno FernandesBooked at 52minsSubstituted forAlves Palhinha Gonçalvesat 90+1'minutes
  • 13Danilo
  • 14OliveiraSubstituted forRenato Sanchesat 73'minutes
  • 10Bernardo Silva
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoBooked at 90mins
  • 17JotaSubstituted forSequeiraat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Malheiro de Sá
  • 2Novo Neto
  • 3Coutinho Meneses Duarte
  • 5Tavares Mendes
  • 9André Silva
  • 11Alves Palhinha Gonçalves
  • 15Ferreira Silva
  • 16Renato Sanches
  • 18Neves
  • 19Neto
  • 22Dantas da Silva
  • 23Sequeira
Referee:
Danny Makkelie

Match Stats

Home TeamSerbiaAway TeamPortugal
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Serbia 2, Portugal 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Serbia 2, Portugal 2.

  3. Booking

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Portugal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nuno Mendes.

  8. Dismissal

    Nikola Milenkovic (Serbia) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Bernardo Silva (Portugal).

  10. Post update

    Nikola Milenkovic (Serbia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. João Palhinha replaces Bruno Fernandes.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Renato Sanches (Portugal).

  13. Post update

    Mihailo Ristic (Serbia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Serbia. Luka Jovic replaces Aleksandar Mitrovic.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Portugal. João Félix replaces Diogo Jota.

  16. Booking

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Serbia. Filip Djuricic replaces Dusan Tadic.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Dias.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 27th March 2021

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia21105414
2Portugal21103214
3Luxembourg11001013
4Azerbaijan100101-10
5R. of Ireland200224-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden11001013
2Greece10101101
3Spain10101101
4Kosovo00000000
5Georgia100101-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland11003123
2Italy11002023
3Lithuania00000000
4Bulgaria100113-20
5Northern Ireland100102-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze10102201
2Finland10102201
3Ukraine10101101
4France10101101
5Kazakhstan00000000

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Czech Rep21107344
2Belgium21104224
3Belarus11004223
4Wales100113-20
5Estonia2002410-60

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark11002023
2Austria10102201
3Scotland10102201
4Faroe Islands10101101
5Moldova10101101
6Israel100102-20

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Turkey22007256
2Montenegro22006246
3Netherlands21014403
4Norway21013303
5Latvia200214-30
6Gibraltar200217-60

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia22005236
2Slovenia21012203
3Croatia21011103
4Slovakia20202202
5Cyprus201101-11
6Malta201135-21

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England11005053
2Albania11001013
3Poland10103301
4Hungary10103301
5Andorra100101-10
6San Marino100105-50

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany11003033
2Romania11003213
3Armenia11001013
4North Macedonia100123-10
5Liechtenstein100101-10
6Iceland100103-30
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