World Cup Qualifiers: Portugal 2-0 North Macedonia

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to compete at his fifth FIFA World Cup this year after helping Portugal beat North Macedonia in a qualifying playoff on Tuesday.

Iran PressEurope: The 37-year-old forward is set to join a select group of players who have made it to five World Cup tournaments in their careers -- Germany’s Lothar Matthaus, Mexico’s Rafa Marquez, and Antonio Carbajal, and Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon.

 Ronaldo assisted Bruno Fernandes for the opener in Porto before his Manchester United teammate scored again to wrap up a 2-0 win.

Portugal went into the game as big favorites but will have been wary of North Macedonia's ability to cause a shock after they beat Italy 1-0 in last week's semi-final.

But nothing other than a Portugal win looked remotely likely after Fernandes opened the scoring on 32 minutes.

Fernandes intercepted a wayward square pass and played a one-two with Ronaldo before slotting a low shot past keeper Stole Dimitrievski.

Dimitrievski has beaten 20 minutes into the second half when Fernandes finished a fine counter-attack with a sweet volley.

Qatar 2022 will be Ronaldo's fifth appearance at a FIFA World Cup.


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