NORTH MACEDONIA will look to cause one of the biggest upsets in World Cup qualifying history by knocking out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

After sending Turkey packing in the previous round, Portugal were expected to face Italy in the play off final.

However, in a shocking turn of events, North Macedonia beat European Champions Italy to confirm that the World Cup most definitely will not be coming Rome this year.

  • Start time: 7.45pm BST
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports Action
  • Portugal XI: To follow
  • North Macedonia XI: To follow


Follow ALL the action with our live blog below…

What time does Portugal vs North Macedonia kick off?

  • Portugal face North Macedonia TONIGHT – Tuesday 29 March.
  • It is scheduled to kick-off at 7:45pm UK time – same time locally.
  • The match will be played at Estadio do Dragao in Porto which holds a capacity of 50,000.
  • North Macedonia held Portugal to a goalless draw the last time they encountered each other in 2012.

What TV channel is Portugal vs North Macedonia on and can I live stream it?

  • Portugal vs North Macedonia will be live on Sky Sports Action.
  • The coverage commences from 7:40pm UK time – five minutes before kick-off.
  • Subscription members can also stream the game live via the Sky Sports website or Sky Go app.

Team news

Joao Cancelo is in contention to play again having served his ban in Portugal’s win over Turkey.

Whilst North Macedonia have two midfielders returning in Eljif Elmas and Tihomir Kostadinov who were also were suspended.

  • North Macedonia substitutes

    Kristijan Naumovski, Damjan Siskovski, Todor Todoroski, Stefan Ashkovski, Kire Ristevski, Darko Churlinov, Nikola Serafimov, David Babunski, Dorian Babunski, Stefan Spirovski, Bojan Miovski.

    North Macedonia line up in a 4-4-2 formation.

  • North Macedonia starting line-up

    Stole Dimitrievski, Ezgjan Alioski, Darko Velkovski, Visar Musliu, Stefan Ristovski, Aleksandar Trajkovski, Arijan Ademi, Enis Bardi, Elif Elmas, Tihomir Kostadinov and Milan Ristovski.

    Credit: AFP
  • Portugal substitutes

    Rui Patricio, Jose Sa, Vitinha, Raphael Guerreiro, Jose Fonte, Andre Silva, William Carvalho, Rafael Leao, Goncalo Guedes, Matheus Nunes, Cedric Soares, Joao Felix.

    Portugal start in a 4-3-3 formation with Jota leading the line alongside Ronaldo and B.Silva.

  • Portugal starting line-up

    Diogo Costa, Nuno Mendes, Pepe, Danilo, Joao Cancelo, Otavio, Joao Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota and Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • North Macedonia team news

    Eljif Elmas and Tihomir Kostadinov both return after facing suspensions against Italy.

    Bojan Miovski could earn a place in the starting line-up after coming off the bench to set up Aleksandar Trajkovski’s late winner last week.

    North Macedonia have no fresh injury concerns.

  • Portugal team news

    Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo returns to the squad following a suspension – he is expected to replace Diogo Dalot.

    Pepe has returned to training after recovering from Covid – he is expected to line up alongside Jose Fonte.

    Fernando Santos has no fresh injury concerns from last week.

  • Welcome to Portugal vs North Macedonia

    Good evening and welcome to SunSport’s coverage of the World Cup qualifying play-off final between Portugal and North Macedonia.

    In the last round, Portugal earned a comfortable 3-1 victory over Turkey.

    Meanwhile, North Macedonia stunned the world by knocking European champions Italy out of the competition completely.

    The stakes are extremely high tonight as a place in this year’s World Cup is up for grabs.

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