World Cup spots for trio, playoffs for CR7

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Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored in the 90th minute as Serbia stunned hosts Portugal 2-1 to qualify for next year's World Cup in Qatar, and leave Cristiano Ronaldo in danger of missing out on the tournament.

Mitrovic came off the bench to score the winner with a header after the Portugal defence failed to clear a cross into the area, sparking wild celebrations on Serbia's bench.

Earlier, visiting captain Dusan Tadic with a deflected strike had cancelled out an early Renato Sanches opener for Portugal.

Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic said his side "deserved to win tonight" and that qualification was a " massive accomplishment for Serbian football".

The 36-year-old Ronaldo complained with his teammates and, after the final whistle, looked desolate as he sat on the field while teammates and opposing players attempted to console him.

Ronaldo is the men's all-time record-scorer in international soccer with 115 goals.

A draw would have been enough for the hosts, with Portugal trying to qualify for the World Cup for the sixth straight time.

Now Portugal will have to face the playoffs, involving the other nine group runners-up and two group winners from the UEFA Nations League.

The 12 countries will play next March in three four-team brackets, with the seeded teams getting a home game in the bracket semi-finals.

Serbia, which had never beaten Portugal, finished top of Group A with 20 points, three more than second-place Portugal.

Ireland won 3-0 at Luxembourg in the other Group A game.

Elsewhere, substitute in Alvaro Morata scored late as Spain beat Sweden 1-0 seal their place in Qatar.

The victory in the tense match in Seville secured Spain first place in Group B with Sweden headed to the playoffs.

Greece and Kosovo wrapped up their campaigns with a 1-1 draw.

Three years on from playing in the World Cup final, Croatia needed a late own-goal in a 1-0 home win over Russia to secure a spot at next year's tournament.

Croatia's Borna Sosa hit a cross too deep, evading his teammates, but Russia defender Fedor Kudriashov directed the ball into his own net as he tried to control it.

The win secured the automatic qualifying spot in Group H and consigned Russia to the playoffs.

Third-placed Slovakia eased to a 6-0 win over Malta with a hat-trick from attacking midfielder Ondrej Duda while Slovenia beat Cyprus 2-1.

Meanwhile, Germany capped of a roller-coaster year by defeating Armenia 4-1, with North Macedonia grabbing second place behind the Germans in Group J to reach the World Cup playoffs.

North Macedonia could be joining Germany at the World Cup after sealing a play-off spot courtesy of a 3-1 home win over Iceland.

Romania were also in with a chance of second spot going into the final round of group games but a 2-0 win in Liechtenstein was in vain.

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