Portugal survived a second-half fightback to beat Turkey 3-1 in Porto on Thursday and advance to the finals of the European 2022 World Cup qualifying play-offs.
First-half goals from Otavio and Diogo Jota put the hosts in control at Estadio do Dragao and they looked to be cruising into the play-off final before Turkey responded.
The Turkey captain Burak Yilmaz then missed a late penalty, and Matheus Nunes sealed Portugal’s win in stoppage time, setting up a play-off decider at home to North Macedonia next Tuesday.
Fernando Santos’ side, denied automatic qualification from the group by Serbia, will now face North Macedonia on Tuesday for the chance to book a place in Qatar.
Portugal were no doubt expecting to find Italy waiting for them in their play-off final, but Aleksandar Trajkovski’s stoppage-time winner earned North Macedonia a shock win against the European champions.
Portugal boss Santos said: “These games are finals. Finals are always complicated.
“We won the first one and now we have to win the second. That’s what we’re going to focus on.
“This game is over. Now we have to focus on North Macedonia, which will be a difficult game for sure. If they managed to beat Italy that means it’s going to be very difficult.”