World Cup Qualifiers: Portugal shakes off blushes with come back victory

Portugal escaped what would have been a really embarrassing defeat to Luxembourg in their 2022 World Cup 2022 qualifying game on Tuesday with a come-back victory, thanks to goals from Jota, Ronaldo, and Palhinha. 

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Luxembourg who defeated the Republic of Ireland on Saturday got off to a bright start when they took the lead through Gerson Rodrigues’ 29 minutes header.

Portugal got back into the game, thanks to Liverpool forward, Diogo Jota’s header just at the brink of halftime.

After the break, Ronaldo put the European Champions in front, taking his international goal tally to 103.

Joao Palhinha sealed the win with an 80th header.

As bad nights go, Luxembourg had a really rough one, as they got reduced to 10 men as Maxime Chanot was shown a second yellow for a foul on Renato Sanches with just few minutes left to stoppage time. 

The win moved Portugal to the top of Group A levelled on 7 points with Serbia, with whom they shared points over the weekend in a  controversial 2-2 draw.

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