Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mane and Robert Lewandowski among the superstars to book place at 2022 World Cup, but no place for the likes of Mohamed Salah and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Qatar March 30, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to feature in his FIFTH World Cup as Portugal sealed their place at Qatar 2022 with a 2-0 win against North Macedonia.

Portugal avoided the North Macedonian banana skin that Italy slipped on as two goals from Bruno Fernandes secured the play-off win, both goals assisted by Manchester United teammate Ronaldo.

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Fernandes’ brace ensured Portugal wouldn’t fall into the same trap as Italy

Ronaldo, 37, played at his first World Cup all the way back in 2006

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Ronaldo, 37, played at his first World Cup all the way back in 2006

Robert Lewandowski will also be in Qatar but it comes at the expense of Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Poland beating Sweden 2-0.

The Bayern Munich hotshot opened the scoring with a penalty before Piotr Zielinski sealed the win.

And in Africa, there was a nerve-wracking contest involving Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as Senegal and Egypt’s play-off went to penalties, just like it did in the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Just like it did in Cameroon, Mane fired in the winning penalty as Senegal qualified for the tournament, making Salah arguably the biggest absentee from this winter’s finals.

Salah put his spot-kick over the bar, however, there’s likely to be an inquest after the match with lasers pointed at his face as he took his spot-kick. Lasers were pointed at both sets of players throughout the match too.

There was further drama in Africa as Cameroon booked their place in Qatar with a dramatic 2-1 win over Algeria, the decisive goal coming in the final minute of extra-time.

Ghana also booked their place at the World Cup after claiming a 1-1 draw in Nigeria.


Salah moments before he missed his penalty. He will now not feature in the World Cup

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Salah moments before he missed his penalty. He will now not feature in the World Cup

Lewandowski will surely be Poland’s best hope of making an impact in Qatar

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Lewandowski will surely be Poland’s best hope of making an impact in Qatar

Mane booked Senegal’s place in Qatar

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Mane booked Senegal’s place in Qatar

Salah missed his penalty but there will surely be an inquest into the use of lasers throughout the match

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Salah missed his penalty but there will surely be an inquest into the use of lasers throughout the match

Ghana also booked their place at the World Cup after claiming a 1-1 draw in Nigeria.

Thomas Partey opened the scoring on ten minutes but William Troost-Ekong’s 22nd-minute penalty levelled the scores. The Black Stars progressed on away goals with the first leg finishing goalless.

Meanwhile, Morocco and Tunisia are also through to the World Cup with victories over DR Congo and Mali respectively.

The finalists are beginning to take shape with 27 teams now securing their place at the World Cup.

2022 World Cup qualified teams so far

  1. Qatar
  2. Germany
  3. Denmark
  4. Brazil
  5. France
  6. Belgium
  7. Croatia
  8. Spain
  9. Serbia
  10. England
  11. Switzerland
  12. Netherlands
  13. Argentina
  14. Iran
  15. South Korea
  16. Japan
  17. Saudi Arabia
  18. Ecuador
  19. Uruguay
  20. Ghana
  21. Canada
  22. Senegal
  23. Portugal
  24. Poland
  25. Tunisia
  26. Morocco
  27. Cameroon

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