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FIFA's fault: see why Portugal will play World Cup playoffs

Portugal will have to settle for playoffs if they are to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. See why it is FIFA's fault.

FIFA's fault: see why Portugal will play World Cup playoffs

Portugal's loss to Serbia last night that condemned them to playoff places to secure qualification to the 2022 FIFA World Cup may not have been necessary if FIFA had initially allowed the use of technologies in the European qualifiers.

The controversial moment came against Serbia in the first leg of the encounter when Cristiano Ronaldo's goal to make it 3-2 was cleared after it had crossed the line but the referee Daniel Makkelie ruled it no goal and it decided the outcome of the result.

The two points Portugal dropped in that match later came back to haunt them as they fell to a 2-1 loss to the same Serbia which gave Serbia direct qualification to the FIFA World Cup and Portugal will settle for playoffs.

FIFA's initial ruling that the use of technologies are not allowed at qualifiers to have fairness as the technologies are not available in some stadiums led to the incident, through the ruling was later reviewed and it was allowed for use so far it's available in the stadium after the incident.

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