Portugal beat Andorra 2–0 in their fifth world cup qualifier fixture at the Estadi Nacional, Andorra la Vella.
Substitute Cristiano Ronaldo came in the 45th minutes to break ties with Andorra by his 63rd minute close range strike.
Andre Silva doubled the lead for the away team four minutes to full time. The 21-year-old AC Milan striker tapped in Danilo’s header after Ronaldo’s cross picked the Porto midfielder.
Portugal will host Switzerland on Tuesday 10th October at the Estadio da Luz, Lizbon and a win for Fernando Santos side will enable them finish as table leaders and qualify for the World cup Russia next year.
This is so because inspite of Switzerland’s three point advantage over Portugal, goal difference favour the European champions.
Incase Portugal doesn’t collect maximum points on Tuesday, Vladimir Petkovic’s side will finish table leaders meanwhile the Southwestern European country will head in for playoffs.
Ronaldo is a booking away from suspension for the next game and it could explain Coach Fernando’s decision to initially bench their all-time top scorer.
Netherland beat Belarus convincingly 3–1 with goals coming from Davy Propper, Arjen Robben, and Memphis Depay meanwhile Maksim Valadzko scored the only goal for Belarus.
The Dutch are now three points behind second-place Sweden in Group A and must beat Sweden by seven goals at the Amsterdam Arena to finish number two and earn the right for playoffs.
Captain Arjen Robben technically has lost hope as scoring numerous goals against Sweden would require miracle.
“You must always keep going to the last minute and we have to try to make it a good match, but you have to be very realistic. Normally you shouldn’t say it out loud, but you can now say what everybody thinks – that 6-0 just is not possible” said Robben.
Robben’s 84th minute penalty took his international goals tally to 35 equaling Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Faas Wilkes’ record.
Coach Dick Advocaat hasn’t lost hope absolutely based on his speech, he said the reality is its very difficult but it’s not over.
Holland failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and it’s seemingly clear that FIFA World cup 2018 is not for them.