Portugal vs. Turkey result: Portugal survive late Turkey scare to clinch UEFA World Cup play-off final spot

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Portugal have set up a 2022 World Cup play-off final date with North Macedonia on March 29 as Fernando Santos’ side edged out a 3-1 semi-final win over Turkey.

The hosts dominated the first 45 minutes as Otavio and Diogo Jota deservedly gave them a 2-0 lead at the break with 2016 European champions seemingly having one foot in the final.

However, their struggles to find a third goal after the restart left the door open for Turkey, and Cengiz Under slipped in Burak Yilmaz to fire the visitors back into the contest.

But despite that swing in momentum for Turkey, Yilmaz’s 86th minute missed spot kick ultimately ended their chances as substitute Rafael Leao wrapped it up in added time.

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Portugal vs. Turkey final score

1 HOUR 2H Final
Portugal two 3 3
Turkey 1 1

Goals: BY – Otavio (B Silva), 15th Min, BY – Jota (Otavio), 42nd Min, TUR – Yilmaz (Under), 66th Min, BY – Nunes (Leao), 90min+4

(All times Eastern)

Portugal vs. Turkey as-it-happened

90+4th Min: PORTUGAL CLINCH IT………..3-1!!!!

The substitute combine as Leao pokes through to Nunes to clinch it for Santos’ hosts.

PLUS HUGE NEWS AS NORTH MACEDONIA TAKE A 1-0 LEAD OVER ITALY

90th Min: Five Minutes Added ON!!

Triple change from Santos to edge the clock down as Rafael Leao, Nuno Mendes and Matheus Nunes come on and Otavio, Guerreiro and Moutinho head off. Kutlu is taken off for Turkey with Serdar Dursun on.

89thMin: Joao Moutinho is booked for timewasting as we head into added time.

86th Min: WHAT A MISS!!

Costa gives a wiggle of the hips and Yilmaz BALOONS his spot kick over the bar!!! An awful penalty from the veteran hitman.

84thMin: PENALTY TURKEY

Substitute Unal latches onto a loose ball inside the box and he is caught by Jose Fonte…..it will be Yilmaz to take for Turkey.

82ndMin: Late changes for both sides as William Carvalho replaces Fernandes for Portugal with Dorukhan Tokoz and Yusuf Yazici on for Kokcu and Celik.

80thMin: Demiral is booked for a pull on Otavio as the game heads into the final ten minutes in Porto.

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75thMin: Should be three for Portugal……….Raphael Guerreiro does brilliantly to rescue a lost cause and flash in a cross but Otavio heads wide. BIG MISS!!

Can Turkey get something in the final stages?

70thMin: Booking for Calhanoglu after he catches Otavio as Joao Felix comes on for Jota.

67thMin: Change for Turkey as Enes Unal comes on for Kerem Akturkoglu.

66thMin: Out of NOWHERE……..TURKEY HAVE A GOAL!!!

Some neat interplay on the edge of the box creates an overload and Under’s pass feeds in Burak Yilmaz to fire past Costa!!!

GAME ON!!

63rdMin: Portugal want a third goal in this game as Otavio breaks past the Turkey offside trap but his pass to Ronaldo is hoofed cleared by Merih Demiral.

57thMin: Another chance for three for Portugal as Costa’s long ball forward releases Jota in behind but his lofted effort drifts just off target. Changes coming from both sides.

50thMin: Portugal looking to pick up where they left off after the restart as Silva steps inside and tests Ugurcan Cakir before Kabak’s slip almost lets Jota in on goal.

46th Min: We are back in action in Porto

Otavio and Jota’s goals have put Portugal in a commanding position at the start of the second period with Santos’ hosts now 45 minutes away from the final

In the other semi final, Italy are drawing 0-0 at home to North Macedonia!!

45th Min+2: HT: PORTUGAL 2 TURKEY 0

Fernando Santos’ side are in full control at the break as Otavio has made the crucial difference with a goal and an assist in the first 45 minutes. Ronaldo and co will already have one eye on the final on March 29!!!

42nd Min: 2-0 PORTUGALLLLLLL

Portugal are in the driving seat as Otavio hangs up a cross to the far post and Liverpool star Jota peels away to nod the hosts 2-0 up.

41stMin: Portugal are starting to retake control on the night as Ronaldo’s slipped pass to Jota is cut about by a retreating Ozan Kabak.

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36thMin: Double booking as Jota and Celik clash on the far side…..both players will need to watch their step from now on.

32ndMin: Ronaldo is caught by Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu. Fernandes swings the free kick in and offside Ronaldo heads just wide.

26th Min: Turkey are slowly coming into this game as Orkun Kokcu wrestles clear in midfield and his bouncing long rage effort forces a stop from Diogo Costa.

21stMin: Almost a rapid response from Turkey in their first real attack of the game as Cengiz Under races in behind and dinks a cross to the back post but Berkan Kutlu heads wide under pressure from Diogo Dalot.

15th Min: GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL PORTUGAL

IT…..HAS…………BEEN……..COMING!!!!!

— Tim Spiers (@TimSpiers) March 24, 2022

Portugal have dominated the opening stages and the home side take the lead!!!! Ronaldo feeds Silva on the edge of the box and and the Manchester City star cannons one against the post but Otavio stayed alive to steer home the rebound!!!

10th Min: HUGGGGGE CHANCE FOR PORTUGAL

Fernandes whips in a superb free kick into the box but Jota can only lunge in and stab his effort over the bar!!

7thMin: Portugal dominating possession in the early stages with Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota looking to pick holes in the Turkey defence.

4th minute: A positive start from Portugal here as Zeki Celik gets back to win an important header inside the Turkey penalty area.

1st Min: WE ARE UNDERWAY IN PORTO

3:30 pm: COULD IT BE ANOTHER BIG NIGHT FOR PORTUGAL?

3:00 p.m.: TEAM NEWS

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Injuries and suspensions have forced a reshuffle in defense for Portugal with Danilo filling in at center back and Otavio picked in attack alongside Diogo Jota and Cristiano Ronaldo.

2:30 pm: “Believe in us, believe in the national team,” was Cristiano Ronaldo’s message to his compatriots.

1:00 pm: The scene is set in Porto.

Portugal vs. Turkish lineups

The big news for Santos ahead of this tie has been a raft of high-profile injury withdrawals with Ruben Dias, Nelson Semedo and Ruben Neves among those missing out. The influential Pepe is out due to COVID-19 and Joao Cancelo and Renato Sanches are suspended.

Portugal starting line-up (4-3-3): 22-Costa (GK) — 5-Guerreiro, 6-Fonte, 13-Danilo, 20-Dalot — 8-Moutinho, 10-B Silva,11-Fernandes — 16-Otavio, 7-Ronaldo, 21-Jota

Portugal subs (12): 12-Sa (GK), 1-Patricio (GK), 13-Carvalho, 3-Djalo, 17-Guedes, 23-Felix, 15-Leao, 2-Mendes, 18-Nunes, 19-A Silva, 21-Soares , 4-Vitinha

Kuntz has the majority of his big hitters available for this match, but he is without top scorer Cenk Tosun due to a long-term knee injury.

Turkey starting lineup (4-4-2): 23-Cakir (GK) — 13-Kutlu, 4-Soyuncu, 3-Demiral, 15-Kabak, — 21-Akturkoglu, 10-Calhanoglu, 19-Kokcu, 2-Celik — 17-Yilmaz, 7-Under

Turkey subs (12): 1-Bolat (GK), 12-Bayindir (GK), 22-Ayhan, 5-Aziz, 6-Muldur, 11-Yazici, 20-Omur, 16-Unal, 9-Dursun, 14-Antayali, 18-Erkin, 8-Tokoz

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