PORTUGAL V NORTH MACEDONIA - AS IT HAPPENED

World Cup Qualification UEFA / Matchday 1
Estádio do Dragão / 29.03.2022
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Pete Sharland
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Pete Sharland
Updated 29/03/2022 at 20:37 GMT
End of 2nd Half
90+3'
FULL TIME: PORTUGAL 2-0 NORTH MACEDONIA
A routine win, and a promising one for what the home side could achieve in Qatar. As for North Macedonia, they have shown they could be a contender to qualify for the Euros.
90+2'
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VITINHA ON FOR MOUTINHO.
João Moutinho
Off
João Moutinho
Portugal
Portugal
 Vitinha
On
Vitinha
Portugal
Portugal
90+1'
THREE MINUTES ADDED
A corner for Macedonia comes to nothing and now Portugal break before Felix stumbles.
88'
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FELIX FOR SILVA
FERNANDES OFF, MATHEUS ON
NIKOLOV FOR ELMAS
Bernardo Silva
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Bernardo Silva
Portugal
Portugal
João Félix
On
João Félix
Portugal
Portugal
86'
FERNANDES SET FOR A NEW DEAL
85'
PORTUGAL SITTING BACK
They have had 65% of the ball so far today, which demonstrates the control they've exercised. Leao breaks forward, finds Carvalho, and Bernardo Silva's cross is cleared briefly until Leao wins it back.
79'
CHANCE!
Fernandes strides up the inside left, squares the ball to Ronaldo at the near post, but a brilliant slide tackle from Velkovski rescues the situation.
77'
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Portugal
LEAO AND CARVALHO ON FOR OTAVIO AND JOTA
That should make the defensive side a tad sturdier, and Leao is quick enough to exploit any breaks that the visitors might offer up if they press.
 Otavio
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Otavio
Portugal
Portugal
William Carvalho
On
William Carvalho
Portugal
Portugal
75'
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North Macedonia
KOSTADINOV OFF, ASKOVSKI ON
Tihomir Kostadinov
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Tihomir Kostadinov
North Macedonia
North Macedonia
Stefan Aškovski
On
Stefan Aškovski
North Macedonia
North Macedonia
73'
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ALIOSKI BOOKED
It had been coming for the former Leeds man. He barges over Otavio on the edge of the box and it's not the kind of challenge you're allowed to do anymore.
Ezgjan Alioski
Yellow card
Ezgjan Alioski
North Macedonia
North Macedonia
72'
BARDI FIRES IN A CROSS
Maybe it's a shot, but it goes through the legs of a few players and not much comes of it. North Macedonia have offered increasingly little in this half.
68'
STRAMASH
Jota and Alioski exchange their considered views about geopolitics after spat when they tangle with one another, and they Joao Cancelo and Musliu get themselves booked for the afters.
Visar Musliu
Yellow card
Visar Musliu
North Macedonia
North Macedonia
65'
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Portugal
Bruno Fernandes
Goal
Bruno Fernandes
Portugal
Portugal
GOAL! PORTUGAL 2-0 NORTH MACEDONIA - FERNANDES SCORES
That's two. Pepe breaks up an attack from North Macedonia and releases the ball to Fernandes, plays it forward and races into the box to reach a ball floated into the path from Jota, and he half-volleys home with a calm finish.
65'
Portugal
FERNANDES IN FORM
Since his last season with Sporting Lisbon the man has been flip hot.
64'
PORTUGAL KEEP THE BALL
And they play it all the way back to Diogo Costa. They were running down the clock here, and that is probably a greater risk than it is worth.
59'
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North Macedonia
TRAJKOVSKI OFF, CHURLINOV ON
Aleksandar Trajkovski
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Aleksandar Trajkovski
North Macedonia
North Macedonia
Darko Churlinov
On
Darko Churlinov
North Macedonia
North Macedonia
59'
RONALDO HEADER
He stoops at the near post and tries to glance it goalwards, but it flies well over. There's another change coming...
56'
NORTH MACEDONIA PUSHING
But Bardi fouls Pepe and they have the chance to clear their lines and take the pressure off. Pepe was waiting for that challenge and too the chance. They have over half an hour to play yet, so this cynical approach is a tad risky.
53'
A SUB FROM HALF TIME
Milan Ristovski
Off
Milan Ristovski
North Macedonia
North Macedonia
Bojan Miovski
On
Bojan Miovski
North Macedonia
North Macedonia
52'
Portugal
FERNANDES VIDEO CLIP
Watch the goal here.