LIVE: Serbia vs Portugal

LIVE: Serbia vs Portugal

17′ Lopes has barely touched the ball so far or seen any action in the Portugal goal, with Serbia yet to test him. However, Portugal are yet to have any other efforts on target, apart from their goal.

15′ Serbia had to come from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland in midweek and they’ll have to do the same here. However, they need to get on the ball first, with Portugal looking very comfortable at the moment.

13′ The last meeting between these two sides was in September 2019, when Portugal won 4-2 in Serbia in a EURO 2020 qualifier.

Portugal

11′ Bernardo Silva spotted the run of Jota at the far post in the box and picked his teammate out perfectly with the cross, straight onto his head and the striker made no mistakes with the finish.

Portugal

11′ GOAL! Jota fires Portugal into the lead and makes it 1-0! The perfect start for the visitors. Ronaldo does well down the right wing and it looks like he is going to try and whip a cross into the box, so Serbia get a few defenders over to him. However, he opts to lay it back to Bernardo Silva, who delivers a superb cross into the far post and Jota heads home.

10′ Portugal are settling nicely into the game now, they have managed to keep the ball well themselves over the last few minutes and are forcing Serbia to sit deep and soak up the pressure.

8′ CHANCE! Ronaldo should fire Portugal into the lead! It’s a terrific run from Bernardo Silva, he races into the penalty area and despite a heavy touch, he manages to keep the ball and then pull it back from the byline to Ronaldo. The striker was unmarked and fired an effort towards goal, however, he smashes it high over the crossbar.

7′ Blocked! Serbia work the ball well into the final third and it falls to Kostic on the left, who fires a shot towards goal, but his effort is well blocked by Cedric.

5′ Good start here by Serbia, they are seeing more of the ball than the visitors and are making Portugal do much of the defending and soak up the early pressure.

3′ Decent move! Oliveira picks up the ball in midfield and spots the run of Ronaldo in behind the Serbia defence, however, the keeper reads it well and manages to punch clear.

The teams are out on the pitch and kick off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!

Portugal have also made a few changes, six in total, with Cedric, Fonte, Fernandes, Oliverira, Danilo and Jota all coming into the team and they have replaced Duarte, Mendes, Moutinho, Neves, Neto and Andre Silva.

Serbia have made five changes to their side, with Lazovic, Milinkovic-Savic, Gudelj, Kostic and Mitrovic all coming into the starting line-up, with Racic, Lukic, Mladenovic, Duricic and Gajic missing out.

PORTUGAL SUBS: Renato Sanches, Pedro Neto, Joao Palhinha, Luis Neto, Rui Silva, Rafa, Nuno Mendes, Domingos Duarte, Andre Silva, Ruben Neves, Jose Sa, Joao Felix.

PORTUGAL (3-5-2): Anthony Lopes; Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo; Danilo Pereira, Bruno Fernandes, Sergio Oliveira; Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

SERBIA SUBS: Mihailo Ristic, Nemanja Maksimovic, Andrija Zivkovic, Uros Spajic, Nemenja Radonjic, Djordje Nikolic, Nenad Krsticic, Filip Djuricic, Marko Grujic, Predrag Rajkovic, Marko Petkovic, Luka Jovic.

SERBIA (4-2-3-1): Marko Dmitrovic; Nikola Milenkovic, Stefan Mitrovic, Strahinja Pavlovic; Darko Lazovic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Nemanja Gudelj, Filip Kostic; Dusan Tadic; Dusan Vlahovic, Aleksandar Mitrovic.

These two sides are likely to battling out for top spot come matchday 10, so today’s game could show us who has the advantage. Serbia are unbeaten in their last five games, their last defeat coming against Scotland in the Euro qualifiers, which saw them miss out on qualification. Meanwhile Portugal were unable to defend their Nations League title, after finishing runners-up in their League A group, following a defeat against France.

Both teams got off to winning starts in Group A, with Serbia beating Republic of Ireland 3-2 and Portugal securing a 1-0 victory over Azerbaijan on Wednesday.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Group A World Cup qualifying clash between Serbia and Portugal.

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