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    AN incredible 70 per cent of Portugal fans want Cristiano Ronaldo dropped for their last-16 World Cup tie versus Switzerland. A poll has been ran by Portuguese newspaper A Bola who have revealed the shock statistic. 1The majority of Portugal fans do not want Cristiano Ronaldo to start versus SwitzerlandCredit: Getty The outlet simply asked their readers if he should start with two options "yes or no" and the overwhelming majority have said the latter. Ronaldo has been heavily criticised at the World Cup and fans appear to have had enough. Some of A Bola's readers responded to the poll to fire shots at their main man. One fan said: "What is the reason, why have you been a starter? He wasn’t a starter at the club, he’s not in shape, he says he wants to fight for titles, but every seven days he’s sick." READ MORE WORLD CUP NEWSQATAR LATEST England to play France in quarter-finals, armed raid at Sterling's home in UK Another wrote: "He shouldn’t have even been called up after everything that happened...
    GROUP H table-toppers Portugal take on Switzerland in the last-16, with both sides seeking progression to the quarter-finals. Both sides finished their group stages in opposite fashion, with Portugal already qualified on the last day of their group. 2Portugal will be looking to make it deep into the World Cup after qualifying for the last-16Credit: Getty 2Switzerland celebrate qualifying for the last-16 after victory over SerbiaCredit: Getty Cristiano Ronaldo and co fell to a 2-1 defeat to South Korea, who joined them in the last-16. Switzerland, on the other hand, came out victorious against bitter rivals Serbia to seal their place in the next round. read more world cupWORLD AT THEIR FEET Who plays who in the last-16 after thrilling finish to World Cup groupsCRIST ALMIGHTY Fans say same thing as Ronaldo has hand in South Korea World Cup equaliser When is Portugal vs Switzerland? Portugal take on Switzerland in the last-16 on Tuesday, December 6. The clash is set to get underway from 7pm GMT. Lusail Stadium will be the venue for the last-16 affair, with a capacity...
    PAULO BENTO has blasted Anthony Taylor for lacking "common sense" as their row took a fresh twist. South Korea’s Portuguese boss must sit out Friday's crunch clash with his home nation as punishment for being sent off in the previous game. 3A fuming Paulo Bento confronted Anthony Taylor after the 3-2 loss to GhanaCredit: Getty 3Taylor then showed Bento his marching ordersCredit: AFP 3Bento fired a stinging attack against TaylorCredit: AP Bento confronted Premier League official Taylor for blowing the final whistle while his team prepared to take a corner as they desperately looked for an equaliser in the 3-2 defeat to Ghana. Bento said: “I reacted maybe not in the best way but it was the response of someone who is human and makes mistakes. "Maybe the way I did it was a mistake but this was at a time when we had good reason. “It was an unfair decision (not to let them take the corner) and also one that reveals a deep lack of common sense.” Bento will travel to the stadium with his players but...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO could MISS Portugal's final group game against South Korea on Friday. National team coach Fernando Santos has confirmed that the ex-Manchester United forward missed training on Wednesday - instead working in the gym on his own. 1Ronaldo could miss Portugal's third and final group stage matchCredit: Getty And the absence could mean he is ruled out for Portugal - who are already through to the knockout stages after winning their opening two games against Ghana Uruguay. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Santos said: "Let's see. In principle, Ronaldo will train soon. "I don't even know if it's 50/50 [the probability of being fit for the game]. If you train normally. "Cristiano Ronaldo was replaced in both games. There's a plan in case Cristiano can't play. "There is no player guaranteed to play at all time. It would hardly run if we didn't have a plan." More to follow. HOW TO GET FREE BETS ON THE WORLD CUP Topics Football World Cup 2022 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunGROUP C Standings...
    NUNO MENDES has dealt a huge blow to Portugal's World Cup hopes after being ruled out of the remainder of the tournament. The Paris Saint-Germain defender limped off the pitch in tears during the Portuguese's win over Uruguay on Monday night. 3Nuno Mendes suffered a thigh injury in Portugal's win over UruguayCredit: EPA 3And the defender has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournamentCredit: Getty Mendes appeared to suffer a thigh strain, although the severity of the injury wasn't fully known. But the fullback's tournament has come to a premature end after further assessment from team doctors. Footy fans were quick to express their sympathy for the injured defender. One tweeted: "Such a terrible shame for him and Portugal. An exceptional footballer." Another said: "Big blow the Portuguese team." And another said: "Nuno Mendes is out of the World Cup. "That’s a huge damage for Portugal One remarked: "Get well soon Mendes." Most read in FootballMAD VLAD Putin faces 'extremely big losses' as Kremlin plots new wave of missile strikesI LOVE IT!' Kourtney Kardashian praised for showing...
    SOUTH KOREA face off against European giants Portugal in the finale of Group H. The Taeguk Warriors still have it all to play for as they can qualify for the last-16 at the World Cup with victory over Portugal. 2South Korea's World Cup dream is not over yetCredit: Getty 2Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating Portugal's win vs UruguayCredit: Getty Portugal, led by a hungry Cristiano Ronaldo, have already qualified from Group H, but Ghana could leapfrog them if they lose to South Korea and the African's beat Uruguay. With an impressive victory against the South Americans last time out, Ronaldo and co will be hoping to finish the group in style. Read More on World CupRONBELIEVABLE Cristiano Ronaldo to play into 40s but will RETIRE when body slows downUruguay 0 South Korea 0 Group H opener ends goalless despite Uruguay striking post twice When is South Korea vs Portugal? South Korea's clash with Portugal will take place on Friday, December 2. The game will kick off from 3pm UK time. South Korea vs Portugal will be held at the Education City...
    IMAGES appear to prove that Cristiano Ronaldo DID touch the ball and therefore score Portugal's opener against Uruguay. Ronaldo wheeled away in celebration having appeared to get on the end of Bruno Fernandes' cross. 2Cristiano Ronaldo wheeled away in celebration thinking it was his goalCredit: AP 2This photo shows that Ronaldo did make contact with the ballCredit: Twitter The fact the ex-Manchester United star celebrated so wildly there didn't even look like being an argument. But replays were inconclusive and it left many wondering whether Ronaldo had in fact scored his 100th competitive goal for his country. On commentary, Ally McCoist said: "I guarantee after the game he [Ronaldo] says he touches it." Despite umpteen looks from ITV, it was still difficult to see whether the 37-year-old had actually connected. READ MORE WORLD CUP NEWSSPOT OF MBOTHER Mbappe ‘to be FINED for reaction to MOTM award after win over Denmark’ Check complete pic.twitter.com/Tqj0ntQ4oE— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 28, 2022 But certain photos prove that Ronaldo did meet his former United team-mates cross, with no clear gap between his...
    FANS have been left confused over who scored Portugal's goal against Uruguay. Bruno Fernandes whipped in a cross towards the head of Cristiano Ronaldo and it found it's way into the back of the net. 1Cristiano Ronaldo was convinced he had scoredCredit: EPA The 37-year-old ran away celebrating claiming he got a touch on his former Manchester United teammates' cross but replays were not conclusive. But the authorities disagreed with Ronaldo and gave the goal to Fernandes. More to follow. Topics World Cup 2022 Manchester United Portugal Bruno Fernandes Cristiano Ronaldo YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunLive BlogBRAZIL 1 SWITZERLAND 0 Late Casemiro STRIKE hands Brazil victory over Swiss in Group GBOOTED Odell Beckham Jr. 'kicked off plane in Miami for refusing to wear seatbelt'WORLD CUP RAGE Riot erupts during Belgium v Morocco clash as fans flip cars & set firesTHREESY DOES IT Jake Paul reveals date for return and has made offers to 'three opponents'Follow The SunServices Sign Up To The Sun About Us Editorial Complaints Clarifications and Corrections News Licensing Advertising Contact...
    PORTUGAL kick off their World Cup campaign against Ghana as Diogo Jota won't be featuring in the side. Fernando Santos wasn't short of attacking options when it came to picking his 26-man-squad to head to Qatar, however one man missing for the team in red and green is Diogo Jota. 1Diogo Jota misses out on making his first appearance at the World CupCredit: Getty The 25-year-old forward has being doing a great job of proving his £45million price tag from Wolves, scoring 24 goals in 58 games for Liverpool. Although Jota will be unable to increase his 29 caps for Portugal with Santos making the decision to keep him out of the side. read more on world cupWORLD CUP INJURIES Benzema, Pogba, Kante, Mane, James, Chilwell all OUT of 2022 World Cup Why isn't Diogo Jota in the Portugal squad for the World Cup? The absence of Jota has proven difficult for the Merseyside outfit in recent times, especially since the departure of Senegalese sensation Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich in the summer. Liverpool's number 20 suffered a calf...
    PORTUGAL face off against South American giants Uruguay in their huge match in Group H. Cristiano Ronaldo has already lit up the tournament after scoring a penalty to become the first player to score in FIVE World cups. 1Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring in his FIFTH World Cup after netting a penalty against GhanaCredit: Getty Portugal's path to Qatar has been rocky to say the least. After failing to top their group, Fernando Santos' side were forced to do it the hard way, beating Turkey and then North Macedonia to book their place at this year's tournament. Despite winning the Euros in 2016, the World Cup has continued to evade the European side, failing to progress past the round of 16 since 2006. They won't have fond memories of Uruguay either, losing 2-1 at the round of 16 stage of the 2018 World Cup. Portugese fans will hope that their supposed 'golden generation' can step up a gear this year, and go all the way in Qatar. When is Portugal vs Uruguay? Portugal's clash with Uruguay will take place...
    PORTUGAL head into their clash with Uruguay knowing a win will secure their spot in the knockouts with a game to spare. Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates survived a late scare to seal a 3-2 victory over Ghana on Thursday. 5Veteran defender Pepe, 39, looks set to start against UruguayCredit: Getty 5Pepe seems certain to start with William Carvalho coming in to midfieldCredit: The sun That was after Uruguay had played out a goalless draw with South Korea in their Group H opener. The two sides have only ever met once before - and that was at the last World Cup in Russia. That night belonged to Uruguay, as Edinson Cavani’s double sealed their spot in the quarter-final and sent Portugal packing. Free agent Ronaldo, who became the first man to score in five World Cups after finding the net against Ghana, is set to start again and will be desperate to add to his tally. READ MORE WORLD CUP NEWSQATAR LATEST Rooney URGES Southgate to rest Kane, Gary Neville SLAMS Messi But another veteran seems certain to join him...
    FREE AGENT Cristiano Ronaldo took out the Portugal squad for dinner and reportedly picked up the bill. The legendary 37-year-old is available for a free transfer after Manchester United ripped up his contract before Portugal's first World Cup group match against Ghana. 3Ronaldo - sat at the back next to ex-United team-mate Diogo Dalot - reportedly picked up the bill at a team dinnerCredit: FPF 3Ronaldo scored in Portugal's group opening win against GhanaCredit: AP United's decision to get rid of Ronaldo came after his explosive sit-down interview with SunSport columnist and TalkTV main man Piers Morgan. Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo accused Man Utd of betrayal, and slammed the lack of investment in the club's infrastructure. Present United figures such as boss Erik ten Hag were in the firing line, with Ronaldo admitting he does not respect the Dutchman. And former team-mates Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney were also slammed for their criticism. READ MORE ON WORLD CUPUNITED LATEST Inter Miami not interested in Ronaldo transfer, Utd dealt Bellingham blow Portugal went on to win their opening game 3-2 against Ghana, with Ronaldo...
    Fifa have labelled Cristiano Ronaldo a "total genius" for the "smart" way he won a controversial penalty in Portugal's World Cup opener. Ghana boss Otto Addo was outraged by the soft spot-kick that Ronaldo converted to become the first player to score at five World Cups. 3Ronaldo certainly had no qualms over celebrating his hotly-debated spot-kickCredit: AP Legend Ron tumbled all too easily under the challenge of Mohammed Salisu but Fifa claim it was a perfect example of strikers getting smarter" in their thinking and movement. The historic goal from the Manchester United discard sparked a 3-2 victory. And Sunday Oliseh, from Fifa technical study group (TSG), believes Ronaldo, 37, should be "complimented" for it. Oliseh told a briefing in Doha: "Maybe the strikers are getting smarter? 3Cristiano Ronaldo slumped to the floor under the challenge from Mohammed Salisu to persuade referee Ismail Elfath to give a penaltyCredit: AP 3Ronaldo tucked home the penalty to become the first player ever to score at five World Cups, putting Portugal on the way to a 3-2 win vs GhanaCredit: Alamy "The Ronaldo penalty, people can say what they...
    Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly took his Portugal team-mates out for dinner at the World Cup in Qatar as he puts the drama surrounding his Manchester United exit behind him. The newest addition to the free agent market scored from the penalty spot in Portugal's opening 3-2 victory over Ghana in his first match since his unceremonious exit from Old Trafford. Frustration has mounted throughout the build-up to the World Cup and during the tournament so far with how Ronaldo's club issues have dominated the news over Portugal's bid to win their first World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo (back in green) reportedly took out his Portugal team-mates for dinner with the squad pictured here enjoying their break from training for the World Cup Ronaldo scored for Portugal during their opening 3-2 victory over Ghana on Thursday RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Tunisia 0-1 Australia: Socceroos take out must-win clash... France vs Denmark LIVE: Reigning champions Les Bleus look to... Good to be back? James Maddison hugs Callum Wilson and Phil... World Cup news LIVE: Chaos in...
    FOOTBALL fans think it is crazy that Cristiano Ronaldo is an unattached player at the World Cup. The striker reached a mutual agreement with Manchester United to terminate his contract on Tuesday. 2Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United following his bombshell interviewCredit: Getty 2Ronaldo is one of the best ever unattached players to star at a World Cup The decision came after Ronaldo slammed several aspects of the club including the Glazer family, who decided to put United up for sale this week. Ronaldo is now on the search for a new club and has been linked with transfers to Newcastle and Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr. But his unattached status has raised a few eyebrows with many supporters never expecting the superstar to be in that position. One World Cup fan wrote: "Wild that this World Cup is a club audition for him. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUP QATAR LATEST England to name UNCHANGED XI as Southgate 'ghosting' Berhalter on WhatsApp "As Canada supporters we're used to seeing "unattached" instead of a club next to a player's name...
    SEETHING Ghana boss Otto Addo blamed a landmark Cristiano Ronaldo goal on "special gifts from the referee". Addo reacted sarcastically after Ronaldo become the only player to ever score at five World Cups as Portugal sneaked a dramatic 3-2 win. 2Otto Addo is adamant this challenge from his Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu on Cristiano Ronaldo should NOT have been ruled as a foul z)Credit: AP 2Ghana chief Addo was also unhappy that only his side picked up bookings and says he took off yellow-carded goalscorer Andre Ayew as a precautionCredit: Getty The German-born Ghanaian was unhappy at ref Ismail Elfath.not dishing out bookings to Portugal and for giving Ron a penalty that the legend dispatched for the second-half opener. Ghana's Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu.got the merest of touches on the heel of the Manchester United discard. But Ron's resulting tumble convinced ref Ismail Elfath to intervene. And Ronaldo smashed home the spot-kick to spark a thrilling 25-minute finale. READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Southgate to name UNCHANGED England side, Neymar in TEARS after injury But Addo said: we could have won a point. Our...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO will go down as one of the greatest players in Portugal's history. The forward was part of the Portugal squad that lifted Euro 2016 and he will now be hoping to go one further in what could be his last World Cup. 2Cristiano Ronaldo is appearing at his fifth World Cup The 37-year-old, who is currently unattached after leaving Manchester United, will be hoping to add to his goal tally for his country. And we have all the information about his goal scoring record at World Cups for his country. read more world cupWATCH IT Kane wore £535k Rainbow Rolex before Iran game amid OneLove armband ban furoreUNITED LATEST Ronaldo plays for first time since quitting United as Glazer BREAKS silence How many goals has Cristiano Ronaldo scored at the World Cup for Portugal? Ronaldo has played in five World Cups, including the 2022 tournament in Qatar. He played and scored against Ghana in the opening match for his country, who are considered one of the favourites to win the whole thing. Most read in SportBRUN NIL Bruna...
    CHAOS hit Portugal's clash with Ghana as as hordes of fans were delayed entry when riot police tried to keep order. Ticket problems at the World Cup took an ugly turn outside the Stadium 974 in Doha. Riot Police deployed in Qatar ???????? looks like Ghana ???????? football fans are trying to squeeze in to the game as groups to avoid ticket checks Vs Portugal ???????? pic.twitter.com/D8ObMrNFnW— Paul Brown ???????? Browns fan???? London News ????Vlogger (@PaulBrown_UK) November 24, 2022 Police with shields marched forward amid issues over getting in. And the result was major confusion - leading to loads of empty spaces in the stands ahead of kick-off on Thursday. SunSport's Martin Lipton, inside the stadium said: "If you’re wondering about all the empty seats, one late arrival has just, somewhat breathlessly, told me it’s 'chaos' outside, with lots of fans delayed and unable to get in and riot cops trying to keep order. "Traffic was pretty bad on the way here. So that’s not really a surprise. But it’s a shame." READ MORE ON THE WORLD CUPQATAR LATEST Kane...
    PORTUGAL face Ghana in their first clash at the World Cup as Cristiano Ronaldo sets out to win football's most coveted prize. Ronaldo won Euro 2016 as Portugal captain but he's still looking for major success in the World Cup. 2Cristiano Ronaldo is still looking to win his very first World CupCredit: Getty 2Ghana qualified for the 2022 World Cup with a win over NigeriaCredit: AP They were knocked out of the 2018 tournament in Russia at the round of 16 stage, losing 2-1 to Uruguay. And with time running out for Ronaldo on the international stage, this is likely his last chance to win it all. Ghana will also be looking to put a showing in similar to their 2010 heroics, when they reached the quarter-finals. But they couldn't be up against a tougher task in their first group game against Ronaldo and Co. When is Portugal vs Ghana? Portugal's clash with Ghana will take place on Thursday, November 24. The game will kick off from 4pm UK time. Portugal...
    2Credit: PA CRISTIANO RONALDO trained for the first time today since his contract was ripped up by Manchester United. The 37-year-old is now a free agent following his Old Trafford departure. 2Cristiano Ronaldo trained for the first time today since his Manchester United exitCredit: PA Most read in World Cup 2022'HE'S DEVASTATED' Grayson Chrisley is 'suffering the most' after Todd & Julie's sentencingFLY HIGH I’m a cheerleader - I go from a 5 to a 10 when I change into my bathing suitUNSOUND Wheel of Fortune fans spot glaring error in ‘incorrect’ puzzleSEEKING RELEASE Delphi 'killer's' lawyers ask for bail just hours before court hearing Topics Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunLive BlogMEXICO 0 POLAND 0 Lewandowski FLUFFS PENALTY as striker's World Cup goal drought continuesCRIS GOODBYE Man Utd AXE Ronaldo's contract with immediate effect after blunt statementCUP CLASH Fifa & Qatar 'at war over rainbows' as footy chiefs 'demand LGBT crackdown ENDS'CHICHARIT-NO Why isn't Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez playing for Mexico at the World Cup?Follow The SunServices Sign Up To The...
    PORTUGAL face Ghana in their first clash at the World Cup as Cristiano Ronaldo sets out to win football's most coveted prize. Ronaldo won Euro 2016 as Portugal captain but he's still looking for major success in the World Cup. 2Cristiano Ronaldo is still looking to win his very first World CupCredit: Getty 2Ghana qualified for the 2022 World Cup with a win over NigeriaCredit: AP They were knocked out of the 2018 tournament in Russia at the round of 16 stage, losing 2-1 to Uruguay. And with time running out for Ronaldo on the international stage, this is likely his last chance to win it all. Ghana will also be looking to put a showing in similar to their 2010 heroics, when they reached the quarter-finals. But they couldn't be up against a tougher task in their first group game against Ronaldo and Co. When is Portugal vs Ghana? Portugal's clash with Ghana will take place on Thursday, November 24. The game will kick off from 4pm UK time. Portugal vs...
    QATAR's World Cup will see the most famous names in world football face off against each other over November and December. England will be hoping to bring home the trophy after reaching the semi-final stages in 2018 before suffering defeat to Croatia. 8Qatar has been hit with World Cup fever The likes of Brazil, France, Spain and Germany will be standing in the way of Gareth Southgate's men as the top performing stars in football battle it out for international glory. However, there are set to be many noticeable absences as the tournament approaches. read more world cupCROCKED FOR QATAR Injured XI of stars who look set to miss World Cup like James and JotaBRACE YOURSELVES James will wear knee brace for a MONTH with World Cup dream in tatters Who will miss the 2022 World Cup in Qatar? The likes of Erling Haaland and Mohamed Salah will not be making the trip to the Middle East, having failed to qualify with their countries, while Italy also will not feature at the tournament. Alongside these noticeable absentees, other big names...
    DIOGO JOTA was stretchered off at the end of Liverpool's 1-0 win over Manchester City and is now a doubt for the World Cup. The Portuguese international 25, seemed to overstretch when flicking the ball on during stoppage-time at Anfield. 1Jota was carried off the pitch on a stretcherCredit: Getty He was subsequently carried off on a stretcher as a lengthy delay led to the forward being taken from the pitch. And with just one month until the World Cup, Portugal will now be biting their fingernails over his availability for the tournament. More to follow. Most read in SportWILD POWER Wilder knocks out Helenius in first round of return with brutal right handLONG HAUL Houston Astros & Seattle Mariners make MLB history with extra-innings showdownHEALTH SCARE Hall of Famer starts treatment for brain tumor as NBA gives huge updateJAY SWINGLER VS CHERDLEYS Swingler delivers FEROCIOUS left hook to KO Cherdleys in 50 secs Topics Football Premier League World Cup 2022 Liverpool Manchester City Portugal Diogo Jota YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunLive BlogMan Utd...
    A WINTER World Cup is going to be like nothing we've seen before on the international stage. Preparation has proved a challenge for many nations and, with the final games before the tournament begins out the way, all we can do now is wait. 9The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is rapidly approachingCredit: AFP 9A number of familiar sides are in contention to lift the Jules Rimet TrophyCredit: REUTERS England's form may have been concerning but it is a pattern repeated across a number of top nations. The struggles of some of the best ahead of Qatar could well make 2022 one of the most open World Cup's we've seen for some time. SunSport runs you through the runners and riders away from the home nations… France READ MORE WORLD CUP NEWSKITTED OUT Every World Cup kit from the England 'monstrosity' to Portugal's 'ugly' shirt They might be the holders, but France hardly arrive fighting fit for the defence of their crown. Pressure is building on Didier Deschamps after just one win from six Nations League games. Any side with...
    LUIS ENRIQUE has admitted that he thinks rivals Portgual have a BETTER squad than his own Spain side. Enrique, 52, takes his team into this winter's World Cup in Qatar as one of the tournament favourites. 1Luis Enrique admitted rivals Portugal 'had better players than Spain' ahead of the World CupCredit: EPA But despite this, he bizarrely claims their Iberian neighbours have a better chance of winning. The ex-Barcelona boss said: "Regarding Spain today, Portugal has better players than Spain. "Starting players in the Premier League, La Liga and other championships. It exports a lot of players, it's very interesting.  "I hope both teams triumph in the World Cup." READ MORE ON RONALDOHELPING HAND Fans joke Ronaldo was 'protecting his nose' after handball gives away penalty The Spain squad contains some of the most incredible young stars on the globe such as Pedri, Gavi and Ansu Fati and world beaters like Sergio Busquets, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pau Torres and Unai Simon. And they need to beat Portugal on Tuesday night to qualify for the finals of the Nations League. Portugal fans are calling...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Soccer officials and government authorities from Spain and Portugal met on Monday to discuss a joint bid to stage the 2030 World Cup. The headquarters of Portugal’s national team was the venue for the presidents of the Portuguese and Spanish soccer federations and government representatives, who finalized details of a bid they said was “entering its final stages.” Morocco was previously included in talks but was dropped from the project. Portugal hosted the 2004 European Championship and the 2019 Nations League. Spain hosted the 1982 World Cup and the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. It later failed in bids for other Olympic Games. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TWO Portugal fans took bizarre measures to show off their Cristiano Ronaldo fandom when they watched him play against North Macedonia this week. The Manchester United ace lined up for his country against Italy's conquerors with a place in this winter's Qatar World Cup on the line. 3Two fans brought a bizarre sign 3Cristiano Ronaldo was in action for his countryCredit: Getty Porto's Estadio Dragao was packed with 48,000 fans desperate to help their team get over the line. And two supporters arrived with a weird pre-prepared sign. The pair held up a piece of card with a message directed at Ronaldo on it. It read "Ronaldo doa-nos o teu" in Portuguese - meaning "Ronaldo donate us your..." Read More Man UtdMan Utd news live Nkunku deal in DANGER, Harry Maguire breaks silence on being booed After the written message appeared a crudely drawn sperm. Attached to the banner was a Portuguese flag, as well as a Brazilian one. It didn't appear to grab CR7's attention, as Portugal eased through to the World Cup by winning 2-0. Ronaldo, 37, assisted...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO has reacted to helping Portugal reach the World Cup finals later this year. The 37-year-old superstar featured in his country's 2-0 win over North Macedonia on Tuesday night which booked their place in Qatar. 1Ronaldo is set to appear at a fifth successive World CupCredit: Getty The Portuguese skipper's Manchester United team-mate Bruno Fernandes scored both the goals on a comfortable evening for the Euro 2016 winners. And Ronaldo reacted to the victory on Wednesday morning as he prepares for his FIFTH World Cup. Speaking on social media, he said: "The years go by, but the goals always remain the same… ????????????????." Ronaldo has scored seven times at the World Cup. READ MORE ON FOOTBALLMan Utd news live Nkunku deal in DANGER, Harry Maguire breaks silence on being booed He netted once in the 2006 tournament, once in 2010, once in 2014 and four times in 2018. His most memorable moment in the competition came four years ago in Russia when he scored a sensational hat-trick in a 3-3 group stage draw with Spain. And prior to the...
    Cristiano Ronaldo will get another shot at lifting the World Cup. The leading men’s international scorer can play in his fifth World Cup after Portugal defeated North Macedonia 2-0 in a European playoff, one of seven spots in soccer’s premier tournament decided on Tuesday. Thirty-two teams, including the hosts, will play in Qatar starting Nov. 21. As of Tuesday, 27 teams had qualified with two additional spots to be determined on Wednesday. Two intercontinental playoffs will be held in June along with two games to determine the final European berth. Portugal’s win finalized the eight seeds for Friday’s draw: host Qatar along with Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Portugal and Spain. Pot two will include Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Uruguay, and if they qualify Wednesday, Mexico and the United States. All eyes were on North Macedonia, vying for its first World Cup berth after it surprisingly eliminated Italy with a 1-0 victory last week. But it wasn’t meant to be for the small country that gained independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991. It...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO is going to the World Cup for a fifth time after his Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes booked Portugal’s ticket to Qatar 2022. The 37-year-old forward might be enduring a miserable campaign back at Old Trafford this term. 3Bruno Fernandes booked Cristiano Ronaldo a fifth World Cup appearanceCredit: Getty 3The Man Utd star scored twice as Portugal beat North Macedonia in their play-offCredit: Getty But he can now look forward to trying to win the one piece of silverware that has eluded him throughout his legendary career after his nation downed North Macedonia in tonight’s play-off. The breakthrough came on the half hour mark as Fernandes intercepted a crossfield pass by Stefan Ristovski and found his pal with a first-time ball. Ronaldo carried it forward to the edge of the area, and with everyone expecting him to shoot, he instead nutmegged a defender with a flicked pass straight to the onrushing midfielder. And Fernandes made no mistake as he drilled home. Amazingly, that was his first goal for Portugal in a competitive match except for against Luxembourg. And...
    NORTH MACEDONIA will look to cause one of the biggest upsets in World Cup qualifying history by knocking out Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal. After sending Turkey packing in the previous round, Portugal were expected to face Italy in the play off final. 1Liverpool attacker Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring a vital goal for PortugalCredit: Getty However, in a shocking turn of events, North Macedonia beat European Champions Italy to confirm that the World Cup most definitely will not be coming Rome this year. Portugal will still be huge favourites to clinch one of those prestigous World Cup spots. But the Lions have all the encouragement needed to go against all odds and snatch a plane ticket to Qatar. What time does Portugal vs North Macedonia kick off? Portugal face North Macedonia TONIGHT - Tuesday 29 March. It is scheduled to kick-off at 7:45pm UK time - same time locally. The match will be played at Estadio do Dragao in Porto which holds a capacity of 50,000. North Macedonia held Portugal to a goalless draw the last time they encountered...
    PORTUGAL'S World Cup play-off final clash against North Macedonia has been AXED by a French TV channel... and replaced by Patrick Swayze's classic film Ghost. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co will book their place in Qatar if they can beat their minnow opponents in Porto on Tuesday night. 2Portugal face North Macedonia for a place in the World Cup tonightCredit: Getty 2The French channel are showing Swayze classic Ghost insteadCredit: Alamy But broadcaster W9 have made the decision to drop the match to their streaming platform and put Ghost on instead following Italy's shock defeat to North Macedonia. Portugal and European champions Italy looked set to meet in a mouth-watering play-off final. However, North Macedonia stunned the Euro 2020 winners with an injury-time goal in Palermo as Italy failed to qualify for a second successive World Cup. The shocking result has subsequently led to Portugal's crunch game being removed from the French TV station. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLON THE COAST The latest TV info and team news as England take on Ivory Coast at Wembley And the channel later confirmed in...
    NORTH MACEDONIA can cause one of the biggest upsets in World Cup qualifying history if they knock out Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal. After dumping Turkey out of the World Cup qualifiers, Portugal were expecting to face Italy in the play off final. 1Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring a vital goal for Portugal.Credit: Getty However, in a shock turn of events North Macedonia knocked out European Champions Italy to confirm that the World Cup most definitely will not be coming Rome this year. Despite Italy being massive favourites and playing a full strength side, Roberto Mancini's side were unable to find a breakthrough. In the 92nd minute Aleksandar Trajkovski broke the deadlock to send the under-dogs to within one game of the World Cup. What time will the play off final kick off? Portugal vs North Macedonia will face each other on Tuesday, March 29. The match will kick off at 7.45pm in the UK. The match will be played at Estadio do Dragao in Porto. Read more on the World CupFOOTY LATEST Qatar World Cup draw, Eriksen back with...
    A dramatic week in the battle for World Cup qualification lies ahead, with 29 of 32 spots for Qatar this winter set to be determined in the coming days.  The qualification process - which is split between six confederations - has been ongoing since the summer of 2019, but the majority of nations will imminently decide their fate with a number of key clashes ahead.  Some 11 European countries are still battling for three remaining spots, with 10 nations having already qualified, though the process has been extended following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the latter's clash against Scotland postponed until June.  The 2022 World Cup, which will be the first-ever winter tournament, will be held in Qatar It's not just those in Europe vying for an all-important plane ticket to Qatar, however, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to go head-to-head once again as the African sides complete their qualification bids.    Canada meanwhile are on the brink of a historic qualification, while Australia face a fierce battle for an automatic spot.  Sportsmail takes you through the qualification processes...
    A look at the semifinal matches in the World Cup playoffs in Europe on Thursday: ITALY vs. NORTH MACEDONIA Italy will have a makeshift defense as it attempts to banish the ghosts of its playoff defeat to Sweden in 2017. That loss saw the Azzurri fail to qualify for the 2018 tournament, one of the darkest moments in Italy’s soccer history. Missing two straight World Cups would be an unprecedented low point for the four-time champion, especially less than a year after winning the European Championship. Italy will not be able to draw on its most solid of foundations as the defense that starred in its Euro 2020 success will have to be changed. Leonardo Spinazzola and Giovanni Di Lorenzo are out injured and veterans Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are both a doubt for the game in Palermo, Sicily. The winner will play either Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal or Turkey for a spot at the tournament in Qatar later this year. North Macedonia played in its first major tournament in Euro 2020 but lost all three of its group games....
    At 37 years old, it’s no secret time is running out for Cristiano Ronaldo. Playing at a high level is not getting any easier, and the opportunities to compete in top tournaments are becoming scarce. Missing out on the World Cup, at his age, could mean he’s never playing in soccer’s showcase event again. Portugal faces two must-win games in the European qualifying playoffs, beginning Thursday when it hosts Turkey. The winner then plays next Tuesday against the winner of European champion Italy vs. North Macedonia for a ticket to Qatar. Although no one knows if Ronaldo would still play in the next World Cup at age 41, not qualifying for this one would be one of the biggest setbacks of his career. Ronaldo tried not to think past the task at hand, though. “Totally focused on the 2022 World Cup,” he said this week on Instagram. “As always, I’m proud to represent Portugal. We know it won’t be easy. We have the maximum respect for the opponents that we will face and they have the same goals as us....
    PORTUGAL have work to do if they are to book their place at the World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo and co were expected to win their qualifying group comfortably, but came unstuck in their final match against Serbia. 2Cristiano Ronaldo will have to get through the play-off if he wants to reach what is likely to be his final World CupCredit: Getty 2Turkey will be looking to spring a surprise against PortugalCredit: PA A last minute header from Aleksandar Mitrovic in Lisbon saw the Serbs progress to Qatar and the Portuguese sent to the play-offs. Opponents Turkey finished second to Netherlands in their group but managed to pip Erling Haaland and Norway to the runners up spot and a play-off place. The winner of this tie will host Italy or North Macedonia in the play-off final. Ahead of the match, Portugal head coach Fernando Santos said: “This is one of the most important moments since I became Portugal coach. “We will be playing for Portugal, the stadium has been sold out for a month, we know the whole country is behind...
    DUBLIN (AP) — Georgia qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup on Thursday after organizers clarified the suspension of Russia and Belarus due to the war in Ukraine. Russia’s remaining three matches in the Rugby Europe Championship — also doubling as World Cup qualifying — were ruled abandoned by the Rugby World Cup board. Georgia, the Netherlands and Portugal were awarded four points each. That mathematically qualified Georgia, which led the championship unbeaten with two games in hand. Only the top two teams automatically qualify for the World Cup, and third-placed Portugal was 10 points behind Georgia with one game left. Portugal, Spain, and Romania remain in contention for the second berth. The third-place team will advance to the repechage tournament in November. Georgia has to wait to find out whether it has qualified for the World Cup in France next year as Europe 1, which would put it in a pool with Australia, Wales and Fiji, or Europe 2 with defending champion South Africa and Ireland. Georgia has qualified for every Rugby World Cup since 2003 but has...
    Lasting at least 21 days and covering 11,654 miles, it is the ultimate challenge for train buffs. Experts believe a new record has just been set for the longest possible continuous railway journey. Thanks to the opening of a railway in Laos earlier this month, it is now possible to travel from Lagos, in southern Portugal, all the way to Singapore by train with just a few changes. The 11,654-mile journey could be done in 21 days allowing for overnight stays to make connections and sort out visas and other paperwork, say experts. It tops the previous longest possible rail trip by around 1,000 miles and has been made possible by the opening on December 2 of a railway connecting the Laotian cities of Vientiane, the capital, with Boten, near the Chinese border. The journey, which does require some very short interchanges between stations, has been calculated by users of the Reddit website with help from British train enthusiast Mark Smith.  How it's now possible to travel by train from southern Portugal in western Europe to Singapore in East Asia RELATED...
    SCOTLAND and Wales are on course to face one another in a mouth-watering World Cup play-off final. The Home Nations were drawn in Path A in Friday night's draw in Zurich. 1The 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar next winterCredit: EPA And they'll duke it out for a place in the winter tournament if they win their respective clashes with Ukraine and Austria. MORE TO FOLLOW Most read in SportLive BlogUNITED LATEST Rangnick deal reached on interim basis, Pochettino permanent manager BOOSTNICK OF TIME Meet Ralf Rangnick, the man tipped to save Man Utd who inspired Klopp & TuchelVideoTHE KING COMMANDS Watch NBA legend LeBron James get two fans KICKED OUT during Lakers clash'GONNA BLEED' Ex-UFC star Perry shockingly claims 'somebody might die' on Triad Combat cardSLOPE TRAGEDY A look into snowboard star Marko Grilc's cause of deathFOWL BALL A look at the NFL schedule on Thanksgiving Day BLACK FRIDAY BETTING OFFERS: BEST SIGN UP DEALS AND FREE BETS Qatar 2022 World Cup will be a £140BILLION spectacular like no other tournament before it
    AFTER a streamlined qualifying campaign this year, a number of countries have already booked their place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Gareth Southgate's England can already look forward to being at the first ever winter edition of the tournament, which gets underway on November 21 next year. FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN NEW CUSTOMER DEALS 1Ronaldo and Portugal head into the play-offs after Serbia stunned them in LisbonCredit: AFP For teams who finished second in European qualifying groups though, they now face the tough task of going through the play-offs to guarantee their place in the Finals. When is World Cup play-off draw? The draw for the play-off stage will be held at Fifa HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. It will take place on Friday, November 26. Things get underway at 4pm GMT. To follow all the ties as they are drawn, join us here on SunSport where we will be running a live blog. Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on? As yet, a TV channel for the draw...
    CRISTIANO RONALDO has posted a stirring love note to Portugal after their costly World Cup qualifying defeat against Serbia. The Manchester United legend slumped to the Lisbon turf in tears and disbelief after Aleksandar Mitrovic's last-minute winner dumped Portugal into the play-offs. 3Cristiano Ronaldo posted a tribute to Portugal that was even more loving than the photo next to it as he jetted back to England 3Ronaldo's pain was clear to see as he reflects on Portugal's shock 2-1 home loss to SerbiaCredit: Rex Now Ron's hopes of becoming only the fourth player to ever contest five World Cup finals is in doubt. But as he flew back to Manchester, ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Watford, his eyes were more misty than moist as he penned a gushing temporary farewell to his home land. Alongside a photo of him with pregnant partner Georgina Rodriguez, Ronaldo wrote on Instagram: "No matter how far the world we travel, it is always in Portugal that my family and I feel at home. "The fantastic climate, the wonderful food, the affection of the Portuguese people, it's...
    WALES will give Gareth Bale until the last minute to prove he is fit to play some part in their crunch World Cup qualifier against Belgium on Tuesday. Dragons boss Rob Page has confirmed the Real Madrid superstar will NOT be ready to start against Roberto Martinez’s side in Cardiff. 2Bale won his 100th cap for Wales in the game against Belarus in CardiffCredit: Getty 2But was taken off at half time as a precautionCredit: Getty He is feeling the effects of his 45 minute run-out against Belarus on Saturday when he also picked up a minor calf complaint. However the hope is Bale will take his place on the bench as his country go in search of the point they need to secure second place in the group. Ideally Wales could do with winning the game to ensure a home draw in the play-offs in March – and to avoid the likes of Portugal. Page said: “Gareth is going to be stiff, he’s not played at any level for a couple of months, so to throw him in on Saturday...
    BERNARDO SILVA has admitted 'words fail' him after Portugal squandered the chance to automatically qualify for next year's World Cup. A last-gasp Aleksandar Mitrovic goal saw Serbia come from a goal down to win 2-1 in Lisbon, and in doing so condemn Portugal to the play-offs. 2Silva could not help Portugal to automatic qualification for Qatar 2022Credit: Getty 2As a late Mitrovic header sent Serbia to QatarCredit: Reuters Skipper Cristiano Ronaldo threw a strop after the full time whistle, while Silva issued a heartfelt apology to the Portuguese faithful. He said: "It was a bad game for Portugal. We managed to score the goal early but from then on we stopped playing. "I cannot find a great explanation for this, words fail me. "It was terrible, we have to do much better because we have a play-off in March and we will do our best to qualify. But at home, with 65,000 fans, we had to do much better.  "I apologise to the Portuguese [fans] who watched a game they shouldn't have watched. The plan was to try...
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