Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic turned his nation’s all-time prime scorer on 39 targets from 63 worldwide appearances after he netted in a 2-2 house draw with Portugal in an exhilarating 2022 World Cup Group A qualifier on Saturday.
The Serbians fought again from two targets all the way down to earn a share of the spoils as Fulham striker Mitrovic pulled one again within the 46th minute and Filip Kostic levelled after a Diogo Jota double had given Portugal a 2-Zero lead within the first half.
Liverpool ahead Jota fired the European champions forward with an 11th-minute header from an excellent Bernardo Silva help and added one other within the 36th as he glanced a Cedric Soares cross from the best.
However Serbia roared again at their Rajko Mitic stadium and halftime substitute Nemanja Radonjic, who engineered each their targets, gave his markers a roasting after the break and likewise drew a nice save from Portugal goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.
Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic was despatched off in stoppage time, having been proven a straight purple card for a reckless problem on an opponent and Cristiano Ronaldo had a seemingly good aim denied seconds later.
Ronaldo beat Serbia keeper Marko Dmitrovic to an extended ball and side-footed it in direction of aim just for Stefan Mitrovic to clear it however tv replays steered it had crossed the road.
The outcome left either side on 4 factors from two video games as Serbia edged Eire 3-2 at house of their opening recreation on Wednesday whereas Portugal eked out a 1-Zero win over Azerbaijan.
The end result additionally made for a bittersweet milestone for Portugal coach Fernando Santos, who reached a uncommon milestone of 1,000 video games as head coach at membership and worldwide stage mixed in his 33-year lengthy profession within the dugout.