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William Carvalho opened the scoring in the match with a close-range tapped in effort

Serbia 2-4 Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva on target in six-goal thriller as Fernando Santos’ side make up ground in Group B

  • Portugal pulled off a 4-2 win over Serbia to move into second place in Group B 
  • William Carvalho broke the deadlock just before half-time with a tap-in effort
  • Goncalo Guedes doubled the lead after being assisted by Bruno Fernandes
  • Serbia hit back as Nikola Milenkovic nodded home a Dusan Tadic cross
  • Cristiano Ronaldo pounced to make it 3-1 but Aleksandar Mitrovic responded
  • Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva struck in the dying stages to seal a 4-2 victory
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored to help ensure Portugal jumpstarted its campaign to qualify for the 2020 European Championship after winning at Serbia 4-2 on Saturday.

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Portugal, the defending European champion, drew its first two qualifiers before taking the three points from its visit to Belgrade.

Shortly after Aleksandar Kolarov’s shot just missed for Serbia, the visitors broke the deadlock three minutes before halftime against the flow of play.

William Carvalho opened the scoring in the match with a close-range tapped in effort

William Carvalho opened the scoring in the match with a close-range tapped in effort

Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Carvalho and Bernardo Silva each provided the goals

Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Carvalho and Bernardo Silva each provided the goals

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Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Carvalho and Bernardo Silva each provided the goals

William Carvahlo took advantage of a fumble by goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic, who collided with a teammate when he tried to catch a cross. The dropped ball fell to Carvahlo to push into the open net.

Goncalo Guedes doubled the lead in the 58th when he skillfully cut back to his left foot to ditch his marker before firing past Dmitrovic.

Ronaldo was on hand to slot the ball past goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic to make it 3-1

Ronaldo was on hand to slot the ball past goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic to make it 3-1

Ronaldo was on hand to slot the ball past goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic to make it 3-1

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Nikola Milenkovic pulled one back for Serbia in the 68th when he headed in an extremely poorly defended corner kick.

But Ronaldo, who had come close to scoring twice, took a through ball from Bernardo Silva and slipped it past Dmitrovic with 10 minutes remaining.

Aleksandar Mitrovic rifled in Serbia’s second goal in the 85th, moments before Silva scored Portugal’s last goal with the hosts leaving their defense exposed searching for an equalizer.

Alexandar Mitrovic headed home from close range to get on the score-sheet for Serbia

Alexandar Mitrovic headed home from close range to get on the score-sheet for Serbia

Alexandar Mitrovic headed home from close range to get on the score-sheet for Serbia

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Nelson Semedo had to be taken off on a cart midway through the second half when the right back injured his leg when fouled by a Serbian defender.

Portugal climbed to second in Group B with five points from three games.

Ukraine, which won at Lithuania 3-0, leads the group with 13 points after five games.

Serbia, which was playing its first match under manager Ljubisa Tumbakovic, was left with four points, the same as Luxembourg. Lithuania has one point.

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