Portugal and Ronaldo drop into World Cup PLAY-OFF after Mitrovic scores last-minute goal to send Serbia to Qatar

CRISTIANO RONALDO is in danger of missing out on what could be his last World Cup after Portugal dropped into the play-offs.

The Euro 2016 winners were stunned by Serbia in Lisbon as the visitors came back from behind to win 2-1 to finish top of Group A and seal their place in Qatar next year.

Manchester United star Ronaldo was reduced to tears after the full-time with the 36-year-old to potentially fail to play in a fifth World Cup.

He remarked in 2016: "I expect Qatar could be my final World Cup.

"I often go on holidays there, to Qatar as well as Dubai. I am happy because for sure it will be [my] last international tournament."

Fernando Santos' side went into Sunday night's match needing only a point to qualify, but fell to a dramatic stoppage time goal from Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Portugal got off to the perfect start at the Estadio da Luz after Renato Sanches broke the deadlock in the second minute.

But Serbia equalised just after the half-hour mark through Dusan Tadic after his deflected effort squirmed through the hands of Rui Patricio.


And Mitrovic sparked wild scenes in the 90th minute after he nodded home Tadic's corner in what was his 44th goal on the international stage.

A huge bundle occurred by the corner flag as players and staff celebrated in style as Serbia beat their opponents for the first time in their history.

The result is Portugal's first loss of their World Cup qualifying campaign, while Serbia failed to taste defeat in their eight fixtures.

Portugal will now have to win in their play-off tie in March to book their place in next year's global tournament.

As it stands, only Sweden, Scotland, Russia and North Macedonia have secured a play-off spot alongside Portugal.

Serbia celebrated in wild fashion after Mitrovic nodded home a 90th minute winnerCredit: AP

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