World Cup qualifying: previews and predictions for the playoffs

Seven more places at the World Cup are up for grabs on Tuesday, with two ties in Europe and five in AfricaBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredPortugal’s 3-1 win over Turkey last week sounds comfortable, but they were fortunate the game did not go to extra time. Goals from Otávio and Diogo Jota gave Portugal a 2-0 lead at half time before Burak Yilmaz halved the deficit midway through the second half. Yilmaz had the chance to draw Turkey level from the spot with five minutes to go but fluffed his lines, hitting his penalty over the bar. Substitute Matheus Nunes wrapped up the victory for Portugal deep into injury time as Turkey chased an equaliser. Continue reading...

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