Bruno Fernandes was the hero for Portugal, as he scored a brace against North Macedonia to send Portugal to the World Cup.
Portugal hosted North Macedonia in the Path C play-off final on Tuesday after beating Turkey 3-1 last week. Blagoja Milevski’s side stunned Italy in their play-off semi-final with a solid defensive display at the home of the European Champions, and started the game against Portugal in a similar manner.
However, just after the half-hour mark, Fernandes combined with his Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to open North Macedonia’s backline. The 37-year-old’s cheeky nutmeg pass found the attacking midfielder, who placed the ball into the bottom corner.
Fernandes’ brilliant half-volley in the second half doubled Portugal’s lead and cemented their place in the 2022 World Cup.
The assist. The finish. 🔥
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 29, 2022
It's that man again and if you thought his first finish was good, wait until you see this one 🤤
Bruno Fernandes gets his second of the evening and doubles Portugal's lead! pic.twitter.com/tr104MJhqL
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 29, 2022
Bruno Fernandes. That's it. That's the tweet.
— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) March 29, 2022
Bruno Fernandes deserves more respect, especially from Man Utd fans 🇵🇹 pic.twitter.com/Y1YtjpWpPn
— UtdFaithfuls (@UtdFaithfuls) March 29, 2022
Magic moment for Bruno Fernandes. Two key goals for Portugal, World Cup secured – then he’ll be fly back to England in order to sign his new contract with Man United. 🔴🇵🇹 #MUFC
New deal until June 2027 has been fully agreed, set to be signed and announced in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/XSTioxCfdZ
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 29, 2022
Now that Portugal’s trip to Qatar is confirmed, the United star’s focus will turn back to helping the Red Devils qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Further, he has agreed to sign a new-five contract with the club and the renewal could be announced upon his return to Manchester.
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing night for Victor Lindelof and Anthony Elanga, as Sweden missed out on a World Cup spot following their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Poland.