Cristiano Ronaldo sends message after Portugal beat Turkey to reach World Cup play-off final while Italy lose

PORTO, PORTUGAL - MARCH 24: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier knockout round play-off match between Portugal and Turkey at Estadio do Dragao on March 24, 2022 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)


Portugal don’t care how they get to Qatar 2022, so long as they do. The first part of their World Cup play-off task has gone according to plan.

Portugal beat Turkey 3-1, surviving a late missed penalty from veteran Burak Yilmaz at 2-1 which could have sent the tie to a tense extra-time and even penalties.

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