European champions Portugal missed an optimal start to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. After the 1-0 mandatory win against Azerbaijan, the team around superstar Cristiano Ronaldo lost a 2-0 lead in the top match in Belgrade against Serbia with a 2-2 (2-0) lead and had to be satisfied with second place in the table in Group A. .
Belgium, who were third in the World Cup, did not get beyond a 1-1 (0-0) win in Group E in the Czech Republic. The world number one is tied behind the Czechs in second place.
Diogo Jota from English champions FC Liverpool put the Portuguese in the lead with a brace (11th / 36th). Aleksandar Mitrovic shortened shortly after the break (46th), Filip Kostic from Frankfurt equalized (60th). In the final phase Nikola Milenkovic received the red card after a gross foul (90th + 2).
Belgium fell behind with a goal from Lukas Provod (50th), Romelu Lukaku made it 1-1 (61st) on a pass from Kevin De Bruyne.
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