Playoff magnitude doesn’t escape Ronaldo

As his Portugal side prepares for their World Cup play-off final with North Macedonia on Tuesday night, Cristiano Ronaldo has described the match as a “matter of life and death” (Portugal 2/11, draw 5/1, North Macedonia 12/1 – Match Betting).

After a 3-1 win over Turkey, Portugal now find themselves just one game away from reaching the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

North Macedonia, who shocked European champions Italy in the semi-finals, stand in Portugal’s way of reaching the major tournament.

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At the age of 37, Ronaldo (15/8 first goalscorer) knows Qatar provides most likely his last opportunity to play in a World Cup and the Manchester United star is relishing the big occasion at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto.

Ronaldo said: “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 acapella to show our passion, our strength and union around the objective of reaching the World Cup.

“For us, this game is a matter of life and death. There is a responsibility to win this game. For us, also a game of our lives. They have surprised [opponents] in many games but I believe they will not surprise us.”

Tuesday also sees a massive game in Chorzow as Poland host Sweden in their World Cup play-off final (Poland 11/8, draw 15/8, Sweden 21/10 – Match Betting).

Poland were given a bye through to the final after Russia were banned from qualifying, while Swede managed to edge past the Czech Republic 1-0 in the semi-finals.

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