Taking part in at house and needing solely a draw to clinch a berth within the match in Qatar, Portugal conceded within the ninetieth minute in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Serbia and was relegated to a playoff that will likely be held subsequent yr with 11 different nations.
“Soccer has proven us time and time once more that generally probably the most tough paths are those that lead us to probably the most desired outcomes,” Ronaldo mentioned on Instagram on Monday.
The 36-year-old veteran could possibly be going through his final World Cup after making 4 straight appearances within the match since 2006.
“Yesterday’s consequence was robust, however not robust sufficient to get us down,” he mentioned.
“The aim of being within the 2022 World Cup remains to be very a lot alive and we all know what now we have to do to get there.
“No excuses,” he mentioned.
“Portugal on its option to Qatar.”
Portugal regarded good firstly of the sport towards Serbia on the Stadium of Gentle in Lisbon, scoring after two minutes with Renato Sanches. But it surely struggled afterward, permitting the guests to equalize by Dusan Tadic within the thirty third and seeing substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic rating the winner in the long run.
Ronaldo was upset after the late aim, complaining and yelling at his teammates from midfield as he waited for play to renew. After the ultimate whistle, he sat on the sphere by himself, shaking his head and searching desolate. Some teammates and opponents came visiting to console him.
Veteran goalkeeper Rui Patrício was being blamed for a blunder on the primary aim, when he could not maintain on to the ball after Tadic’s shot deflected off a Portugal defender.
Coach Fernando Santos was beneath strain as properly, and listening to some requires his resignation again house.
“I am unhappy and pissed off however I nonetheless trust in myself and in my gamers,” Santos mentioned.
“The final outcomes had been unfavorable however there isn’t any purpose we should not think about ourselves.”
Portugal was coming off a draw at already eradicated Eire. It entered the ultimate spherical degree on factors with Serbia after seven matches however had the benefit of with the ability to qualify with a draw due to a greater aim distinction.
“Depressing” and “World disgrace” had been a few of the headlines in Portuguese newspaper on Monday.
Portugal should face the playoffs with the opposite 9 group runners-up and two group winners from the UEFA Nations League. The 12 nations will play subsequent March in three four-team brackets, with the seeded groups getting a house sport within the bracket semifinals.
Portugal has performed in each World Cup since 2002 after failing to make it to the match from 1990-1998. It was eradicated by Uruguay within the spherical of 16 of the World Cup in Russia in 2018.
Serbia had already rallied from two objectives all the way down to earn a 2-2 draw with Portugal of their qualifier in March.