Danny Makkelie played the lead role on Saturday in the World Cup qualifying match between Serbia and Portugal, which ended in 2-2. Deep in the extra time, the referee did not score a goal while the ball seemed to be over the line, after which Cristiano Ronaldo walked off the field just before the final whistle sounded.
Ronaldo seemed to take advantage in the closing seconds when Serbian goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic clumsily came out of his goal. The sprinting Ajax captain Dusan Tadic seemed to clear the ball just behind the goal line, but a goal was not given.
The decision led to a rage from Ronaldo towards the linesman, which ended up on a yellow card from Makkelie. That was the last straw for the five-time World Footballer of the Year, who did not wait for the final whistle, threw his captain’s armband on the ground and walked furiously to the catacombs.
Serbia and Portugal had made it an attractive game. Halfway through, it was 0-2 through two goals from Liverpool striker Diogo Jota, but the home country fought back. The Tadic team got a point thanks to Aleksander Mitrovic – he can call himself the top scorer of all time in Serbia with his 39th international goal – and Filip Kostic.
Luxembourg recorded a surprising 0-1 victory over Ireland in the same group. Former Telstar player Gerson Rodrigues ensured with a hit in the 85th minute that the soccer dwarf took the fourth win in the last seven competitive international matches.
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Belgium does not pass through the Czech Republic
At the same time, Belgium remained in group E on a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic. Our southern neighbors fell behind in the Sinobo Stadium Prague during the second half due to a goal from Lukás Provod. Romelu Lukaku signed for the tying run ten minutes later after a nice play, but that was it.
Both countries had won their first qualifying match, which means that they are in the lead with four points in group E. Based on the goal difference (7-3 to 4-2), the Czechs occupy the first place.
In the same pool, Belarus-Estonia finished 4-2 earlier in the evening. The Estonians took the lead twice, but in the final phase it went wrong with a 2-2 score. Karl Oigus got his second yellow card, then Belarus scored two more runs.
In group H, small Malta, just like Luxembourg, provided a surprise by keeping Slovakia at 2-2. An early 0-2 lead was even taken in Trnava, but that turned out to lead to a run.
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