Azerbaijan vs Portugal: Ronaldo-less Portugal beat Azerbaijan 3-0 to go at the top of Group A in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers- Portugal has defeated Azerbaijan in the 6th matchday of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. They now have 13 points from 6 matches while Serbia sits in the 2nd spot with 10 points. Bernardo Silva opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Andre Silva doubled the lead 5 minutes later. Diogo Jota put the game to bed with the 3rd and final goal of the match in the 75th minute.
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Portugal overcame the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo to comfortably defeat Azerbaijan 3-0 and take the lead in its World Cup qualifying group on Tuesday.
Bernardo Silva, André Silva, and Diogo Jota scored a goal each for visiting Portugal, which moved three points ahead of Serbia in Group A. The Serbians can return to the top when they visit Ireland later Tuesday.
Ronaldo was serving a suspension for the accumulation of yellow cards. He was released from the squad after netting his 110th and 111th goals in Portugal’s 2-1 win over Ireland last week, becoming the men’s all-time top scorer in international soccer. He had been tied with former Iranian striker Ali Daei at 109 goals.
Bernardo Silva opened the scoring from inside the area in the 26th minute by flicking the ball into the top corner with the outside of his left foot. André Silva, playing in Ronaldo’s position upfront, added to the lead from close range five minutes later, and Jota sealed the victory with a header in the 75th.
Winless Azerbaijan stayed in the last place in the group with one point from five matches. It hosts Ireland in the next round in October.
Serbia will next visit Luxembourg, which is also Portugal’s next opponent.