English Premier League player who plays as a forward for Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday lost an automatic chance to play in the 2020 World Cup.
Ronaldo’s home country, Portugal, was defeated in a group qualifier game on Sunday evening by Serbia.
Naija News reports that Serbia won the game with a late winner from Fulham’s Mitrovic.
Portugal had an early lead after an opening goal from Renato Sanchez before Dusan Tadic scored an equalizer in the 33rd minute of the game.
The Serbians salvaged their home country with a winning goal after Aleksandar Mitrovic who came in from off the bench to net a 90th-minute goal.
The Sunday night comeback ensures Serbia takes the top spot with 20 points.
They have three more points than second-placed Portugal, who only needed a draw to finish on top on goal difference and qualify.
Instead, Ronaldo and his teammates will now head into the March playoffs with the other group-stage runners-up for a chance to reach Qatar 2022.
Meanwhile, the timetable for the 2022/2023 English Premier League season game has been revealed.
The schedule was revealed by the top-level English football league in a statement released on its website on Thursday, November 11, Naija News reports.
The new change was made to accommodate the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which will take place in the middle of the domestic calendar.
The statement read: “The Premier League season will start on 6 August 2022.
“Match round 16 will be the last set of matches played over the weekend of 12-13 November ahead of the call-up period for the tournament beginning on Monday 14 November.
“The League will resume on Boxing Day following the FIFA World Cup Final, which takes place on Sunday 18 December 2022.”