Why Ronaldo now part of the Portugal team: rather than the heartbeat of it, and they’re stronger for it

PORTO, Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo's dream of a World Cup swan song in Qatar remains alive, but only after Portugal survived the late drama of a missed penalty by Turkey's Burak Yilmaz in a tense 3-1 Path C playoff semifinal victory in Porto. Portugal are developing a habit of making life difficult for themselves, having blown automatic qualification for Qatar 2022 by conceding a 90th minute goal in a 2-1 defeat against Serbia in Lisbon last November. And the 2016 European champions face another nerve-shredding encounter with North Macedonia back here at Estadio do Dragao on Tuesday in a win-o -bust tie for a place in the World Cup. Think North Macedonia will be easy? Ask Italy, who will now miss a second consecutive World Cup after losing 1-0 to the rank outsiders in Palermo on Thur Read More