North Macedonia has already done the unthinkable, defeating Italy in the UEFA World Cup qualifying play-off semifinals last week. Now their reward is a meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo and dangerous Portugal on Tuesday with a spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on the line.
Ronaldo and Portugal are the overwhelming favorites despite North Macedonia’s current role as David, having already slain one goliath in the defending European champions.
But the Manchester United forward isn’t leaving anything to chance, imploring his countrymen to make Estádio do Dragão in Porto “hell” for the unlikely visitors.
“I urge the fans: I want hell breaking loose at Dragao,” Ronaldo said on Monday (h/t Sky Sports). “I went to bed last night thinking that I want the stadium to shut down the music for our national anthem and let the fans sing it a cappella to show our passion, our strength, and union around the objective of reaching the World Cup.
Portugal vs. North Macedonia UEFA World Cup Qualifying viewing information
- Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN2
- Live Stream: ESPN+
- POR to win (90 minutes): -600
- MKD+1600 to win (90 minutes): +220
- Draw (90 minutes): +500
Anytime Goalscorer odds
- Cristiano Ronaldo (POR): -225
- Andre Silva (POR): -105
- Diogo Jota (POR): +130
- Bernardo Silva (POR): +130
- Joao Felix (POR): +130
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